A special summer at Revolution in Hockley
Revolution in Hockley is a popular lunch spot in the hip neighbourhood of Hockley in Nottingham, thanks to its delicious menu of burgers, pizzas, salads and wraps.
This summer they’ve launched a Summer Specials menu on top of this, bringing Italian-inspired flavours to the heart of the city. We were lucky enough to sample the new menu, here’s what we thought…
A pre-bank holiday Friday in August seemed like the perfect time to head out with the team for lunch, to sample new tastes at Revolution. The Summer Specials menu is very tempting, and I quickly decided on the Lobster Ravioli, as I have a love of shellfish and pasta – the two together sounded like heaven on a plate.
The dish was delicious and very generous for a lunch portion, with the pillowy lobster ravioli coming lightly dressed in a fresh basil pesto and offset with crunchy fresh peashoots. The Apple & Cucumber mocktail from the summer drinks menu was refreshing and not overly sweet, just lovely with a hint of elderflower coming through. Dessert was pure indulgence – the deep fried Gnocchi Dolce filled with mascarpone and nutella is something I’ll definitely be returning for!
Fighting off my determined inner-voice, which always tells me to order pizza when I see it on a menu, I decided to try something a little different to my usual, and went for the summery special of N’duja Gnocchi. I wasn’t actually too sure what Gnocchi was before trying it, so my lunch was as educational as it was tasty and filling. The dish of olive oil drizzled dumplings – stuffed with spicy pork and sprinkled with cheese – was perfectly sized for a lunchtime feast, satisfying my hearty appetite, without leaving me waddling.
Being a bit of a BBQ sauce obsessive, I particularly enjoyed dunking the chunky chips we ordered into the sweet, Jack Daniels infused sauce provided. The chorizo ketchup came in a close second in the clash of the condiments, however.
That was all followed up with a couple of strawberries – drowned in gooey chocolate, as well as some Gnocchi Dolce. I was quickly becoming a bit of a Gnocchi connoisseur, and these deep-fried balls of joy – which were like mini doughnuts generously filled with Nutella – certainly didn’t let me down.
I’ve let temptation take over and ordered Campo de’Fiori Romana which sounded really promising. I’m a fish lover so when I saw that anchovies are in it I just couldn’t help myself. The dish is said to be inspired by the ingredients found at markets in Rome which meant a double treat for me.
Campo de’Fiori Romana is a thin, crunchy pizza base topped with ricotta, smoked mozzarella, anchovies, grated courgette, Italian basilica pesto, zucchini flower and micro basil. When the dish arrived I was positively surprised by its size. I was able to have as much as I wanted and even give my colleagues a bite or two. Great value for money!
All in all, a delicious and filling lunch. And just as I promised myself I won’t have anything else desserts appeared on the table. Couldn’t say no to a chocolate fondue!
Looking for a lighter option on the menu I was distracted by this… not so little number, well it does mention plum tomatoes so it isn’t all naughty! Delicious freshly baked stonebake bread, topped with a sauce made with San Marazno plum tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella. The dough was very fresh and the helpings of creamy mozzarella were very generous. I think I prefer my mozzarella melted all over my pizza, but it was great to try it authentic Napolese style for a change. I also loved trying all the unique sauces on offer with the gorgeous sweet potato and chunky fries, my particular favourite was the ‘big easy mayo’, which reminded me of a more delicate burger sauce. Notting-yummy!
My favourite of the two deserts has to be the Gnocchi Dolce, they were like crunchy little doughnuts filled with Nutella. Definitely worth a try!
You can find the full Italian Specials menu on the Revolution Hockley website: http://www.revolution-bars.co.uk/kitchen/food-menu/