10 - 12 Westgate
14th December, 2010, 7.00pm
||Marie-Claire of Lindley
has just recently opened on Westgate close to St. George’s Square and the
train station. There is plenty of on-street parking in the streets near to
Westgate and if you are dining after 6pm you should be able to find free
The restaurant is located next to the entrance of Byram Arcade and it used
to be a Polish food shop. From a distance it isn’t
immediately obvious that the building is now a restaurant as there is a lack
of signage but once you get closer you can see the sign in the window
promoting the restaurant.
We arrived at the restaurant just before 7pm on a Tuesday evening so we
weren’t too surprised that we were the only diners. Yet due to the layout,
the background music and the cosy feel of the restaurant we didn’t feel
uncomfortable being the only diners. The waiter was very welcoming and it
wasn’t long before some other diners arrived.
The restaurant is decorated in a fairly modern minimalistic way and the
toilet (only one for everyone!) is clean and spacious with a large mirror,
liquid soap and paper towels.
After receiving the menus we were asked whether we’d like a drink. I asked
for a drinks menu however the choice of drinks is limited to lemonade, coke,
diet coke, red wine, white wine or Stella so it’s not a place to go if you
want a large selection of drinks. As we were there to sample the food and
not the drinks, a diet coke and a Stella were fine for us.
The food menu in contrast has a large selection of starters and mains all
very reasonably priced including a good number of vegetarian options. The
average price for a starter is £3.99 and the majority of mains are priced
between £6.99 and £8.99. If you have tried Greek or Turkish food then you
might be familiar with some of the dishes on offer. We decided to try dishes
that we’d never had before.
I chose Kubbeh Makliyeh (crushed wheat and torpedo-shaped fried croquette
stuffed with minced lamb, onion, parsley and pine nuts) followed by Dolma
(stuffed courgettes) and my husband chose Lahm Ajeen (baked flat pastry
topped with minced lamb, onion, parsley, peppers, chopped tomatoes, chilli
paste, pomegranate sauce and pine nuts) followed by Chicken Shawerma
(grilled chicken breast, herbs and spices served with salad, rice and dip).
However, before we received our starter we given a complimentary mezze of
flat breads, dips and vegetables which were excellent.
Both starters and mains were very good although I think my husband chose the
nicer options. My starter was tasty but not a dish that I would want to have
too often whereas the Lahm Ajeen could quite easily become a favourite! It’s
a cross between a flat bread and a pizza.
Again my husband’s main dish was excellent – very tender chicken and
beautifully cooked rice. My stuffed courgettes were very tasty however,
after having eaten two I swapped my third with my husband as I wanted
something with a different flavour. Both mains came with a good portion of
salad and a dip.
As we were deciding what to choose for dessert, the waiter gave us a
complimentary one to try - a clotted cream and pistachio nut cake. Not being
a fan of clotted cream I passed mine to my delighted husband. Looking at the
menu, the desserts are mainly all made with pistachios, rose water and cream
although the deep fried crepes dipped in syrup with nuts looks very
appealing for next time!
We both thoroughly enjoyed the meal and it was nice to try dishes with some
So with two complementary dishes; a waiter who was extremely attentive and
polite; some lovely, flavoursome food and a bill for £26.27 which included
two soft drinks and a beer, I’m pretty sure we’ll be back again soon.
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