Voda Bar & Kitchen|
John William Street Town Centre
Earlybird 18th October 2008
||Sue of Lepton
My family and I chose Voda's earlybird menu (5 - 7pm)
for a Saturday evening out recently. Although there is no exclusive
parking for the bar/restaurant we managed to find a roadside space (of
which there were a few) very close by. Located in Huddersfield town
centre, surrounded by a variety of other restaurants, Voda is close to
the railway station making it an ideal place for those using public
Voda has recently come under new ownership being open only a matter of
weeks and the refurbishment has resulted in some improvements with
seating in the bar area. Disabled customers are well served here in the
restaurant with accessible an accessible toilet and level access to
almost half of the tables. The main toilets are located downstairs and
anyone that has visited before will be aware of the modern sensor
flushes and will be reassured that new signs on the doors let new
customers know that the toilet will flush as you open the door to leave!
There is a more informal feel to the whole place since the new owner has
taken over. This includes the addition of a wall mounted wide screen TV
(playing on silent) which resulted in a happy son who could check out
the football while he waited for his meal! There is also a pool table
located downstairs where the room is available to be hired for private
use. The background music was pleasant and relaxing, pitched
appropriately for a relaxing meal. Although we visited at a quiet time,
Voda had a good mix of couples and parties all enjoying the evening.
Voda somehow feels more like a bar than a restaurant probably because of
the welcoming and informal atmosphere. The menu however, offered a nice
selection of food although vegetarian choices are limited. The menu also
offers a roast dinner on Sundays.
After a warm welcome on a wet and windy night we had an appetising drink
at our table where we were able to browse the menu in the relaxed and
comfortable surroundings. We sat on a raised circular seated area, a bit
like an American diner crossed with contemporary eating place.. nice!
Our choices from the menu included a delicious Prawn and Crayfish
cocktail, grilled sardines and cheesy nachos. The salsa served with the
sardines and nachos was to die for and worth coming for that alone! The
quality of the seafood starters was excellent and gave us a real
appetite. After that the main courses had a lot to live up to and
somehow didn't quite make it!
My son had fish and chips and he described the fish as bland and a
little watery. The homemade tartar sauce saved the day and was really
tasty as were the potato wedges and mushy peas. My husband had vegetable
lasagne and garlic bread and although nice lacked a certain something. I
selected another starter, crispy duck salad, as a main course. The duck
lived up to being crispy and was served on a refreshing bed of salad
with cherry tomatoes and orange segments.
The dessert choice was good and I was tempted to Eton Mess or chocolate
brownie with vanilla ice cream or raspberry crème brulee, all hot
favourites of mine. After much debating, I opted for sticky toffee
pudding and was bowled over by the generous portion which could have
easily served all three of us! A nice pot of tea and a cup of coffee
ended the meal nicely before we set off in to the night. The staff were
flexible, friendly and attentive without being obtrusive. We enjoyed a
relaxed meal in pleasant surroundings.
The earlybird selection was excellent value with two courses for £11 or
three courses for £14. The total bill for three people came to £36.00
excluding hot and cold drinks.
Based on our experience I would also recommend the lunch menu which has
a similar, but slightly smaller selection at £7 for 2 courses or £10 for
Voda's lunch menu is ideal for ladies who lunch, shoppers, couples and
town centre workers. The evening menu is also great for a relaxing meal
or pre-theatre dining. The introduction of a loyalty card makes it all
the more attractive with the current credit crunch. Voda also offer
student discount which may appeal to those at local colleges and the
All in all, if you're looking for a good food, a good selection, nice
surroundings, generous portions and good value for money Voda is well
worth a try!
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