HAVING spent weeks eagerly awaiting a get together with my friend Jill at the Slug and Lettuce in Durham City, I was miffed to say the least when we got there and found it closed for refurbishment.
My own fault of course – the “there’ll be no need to book at teatime” phrase should never have been uttered.
However, surrounded by eateries we opted instead to try the Ask Restaurant, as a pregnant Jill had a craving for Italian food by this point.
And, to say we weren’t disappointed would be an understatement.
Being around 6pm the restaurant wasn’t busy so we had a choice of tables with the friendly waitress suggesting different places for the best seat in the house and with a clean and modern decor, a seat by the window was very relaxing.
We opted for a shared garlic bread with cheese while waiting for our mains, which hit the hunger spot.
I was having trouble deciding on a main course when the waitress came over and I mentioned I normally have arrabiata which wasn’t on the menu, but she said there would be no problem making it and what would I like in it.
I was very impressed when the pasta, chicken and bacon dish arrived, it was one of the best I’ve ever had.
Jill opted for the chicken risotto with mushrooms, which she was also impressed with.
But, the piece de resistence was in the desserts, although they were £5.05 each, which I reckon is a bit pricey, they were well worth it.
I opted for the honeycomb cheesecake and even pushed the boat out adding vanilla ice cream for an extra £1.79, and it was to die for, absolutely gorgeous.
Jill went for the apple rustica, which she said was equally delicious.
In the end the bill with drinks, two apple juices and one diet coke, came to £44.24.
Although I personally think Ask is slightly overpriced, the food was beautiful and the service spot on.