Q. Where can I find the best quick eats in the city right now?
With so much going on in December – and many foodie feasts on the horizon – I recommend including some awesome food and drink spots in your winter survival plan. You’ll need somewhere warm and cosy with good, filling food on offer. Somewhere to grab the perfect cup of tea or a quick bite between braving the Christmas shopping queues and heading off to the next festive party. No dilly-dallying; no traipsing the streets laden with bags looking for somewhere to eat. Advance planning is the key. I know where I’ll be escaping the cold and refuelling this month. I suggest that you join me…
If you’re not planning to do all your Christmas shopping online (tempting I know), you’ll need some steadfast city centre dining options. Check out new chicken restaurant Reys just outside the Grand Arcade for a fuss-free and filling lunch. Service is super quick, so there’s no danger of lingering here. Pulled chicken bun, slaw, BBQ sauce, done.
Perfectly positioned on Regent Street, burger superstars Steak & Honour’s winter residency at Novi couldn’t have come at a better time. Serving from 5.30pm Wednesday to Saturday evenings, the menu features the usual Steak and Honour favourites plus the One For Ella and Some Like It Hot burgers, a new vegetarian-friendly bean burger, and chilli fries on tap. Novi’s winter cocktail menu might tempt you to extend your recovery time at this hotspot. Go on, you deserve it.
If you find yourself at a loose end as the sun goes down, ditch the city centre crowds and pop into Espresso Library to sample the new evening menu and drinks list. The super-cool café on East Road stays open late Monday to Saturday and transforms into a stunning bar by night, serving platters of local charcuterie and cheese, perfect for a quick bite alongside a soothing glass of wine or craft beer.
There’s an oasis of calm waiting for you over the bridge on Mill Road, too. New kids on the block The High Tea Club are there to pick you up, day or night, with an intriguing menu of restorative teas, all-day brunch, afternoon teas, authentic Chinese dim sum and tea cocktails. The café-cum-tea bar-cum absolute haven of serenity is perfectly chilled, beautifully decorated and delicately scented with the aroma of freshly brewed premium teas.
So, there’s the quick-eats list sorted. Now for the Christmas shopping…
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