We have a restaurant recommendation on our hands and this time it is Strada. Strada is an Italian chain and it is my favourite Italian chain that I have been to. I went there recently with my girlfriend since we had some Tesco club card vouchers to spend. The Strada is in a local town. I met my girlfriend after work, went to the town, had a pre-drink in a pub watching the world go by and then went to Strada. When we went to Strada it wasn’t buzzing (but it was a Tuesday and we were there quite early). We ordered some olives and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc while we looked at the menu and decided to order. The bottle of wine was lovely (I know nothing about wine apart from I can tell it tastes nice) and the olives were awesome too. We ordered
Starter – Tortelini soup, filled with pork
Main – Lamb Shank in a tomato sauce with mash potato
Dessert – Pistachio ice cream
Starter – Antipasti
Main – Sea bass with mash potato, tomatoes and olives
Dessert – Chocolate Fondant
All of the courses tasted nice. My personal favourite was the Lamb Shank (when I had a bite – Damn! Should have gone for that) and the Chocolate Fondant (So so so so good). The food isn’t complex but it is cooked well, presented simply and the flavour combinations work together. For Italian chains, this is the best one and it won’t break the bank. 3 courses each and a £20 bottle of wine only came to £70. In some Strada chains, they also give you limencello with the bill (sadly not at this one)
Done with my restaurant recommendation- onto Surf and Turf. This was inspired by John Tarode (a chef I enjoy to watch on TV and I need to visit his restaurant) at the Good Food Show. He did steak with prawns and polenta chips. I copied the steak and prawns but did it with my spicy chips. The prawns are done with al ajillo and it works so well with the chips and the steak. The dish is amazing and I could eat it every day. However, I apologise for the photograph as it really does suck. I didn’t faff around with presentation because
A) I had no idea how to present it
B) I wanted to eat it straight away!
Prep time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
2 rump steaks
1 red chilli, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed with sea salt
3 tsp sherry vinegar
1 tsp paprika
3 tbsp olive oil
2 large potatoes cut into wedges
Chilli olive oil
Preheat the oven to 200 Deg C.
Drizzle chilli oil on a baking tray
Place the baking tray in the oven, to be used later
Part boil the potatoes for about 10 minutes (or until tender but not breaking)
Drain the potatoes.
Add a drizzle of chilli oil to the chips.
Mix in the spices to the chips.
Add the chips to the baking tray.
Cook for the 30 minutes in the oven.
Season the steak.
Heat olive oil in a pan.
Add the steak to the pan and flip every 15-20 seconds.
Cook for 3 minutes for medium to medium rare.
Rest for at least 5 minutes.
Fry the garlic paste and chilli in the olive oil, in the same pan, for a few minutes.
Add the prawns and cook for 1 – 2 minutes each side, or until cooked all the way through.
Add the sherry vinegar and paprika.
Remove off the heat.