New Massive Tastes at Revolution Hockley
Revolution Hockley have launched some new ‘Massive Tastes’ on their summer menu, just in time for the arrival of the (hopefully) sunny weather. Along with their new dishes, the restaurant has introduced a midweek ’15 minute lunch promise’ which means good news for lunch breakers who are tight on time – if your lunch doesn’t arrive within a quarter of an hour, Revolution will waive the bill. However, in it’s prime location on bohemian Broad Street in the heart of independent Nottingham, Revolution is the perfect place to relax over a long, indulgent lunch – which is exactly what we did.
It was only right that I try one of the new dishes on the menu and I was initially torn between the Lobster Ravioli and Halloumi and Chips. The Ravioli did sound tempting but since I’m a bit hit and miss with fish I opted for the latter – which also came highly recommended by our lovely waiter.
The dish is based on the Great British fish and chips classic, only the fish is replaced with two wedges of beer battered halloumi. Served with a healthy portion of fat chips, good old mushy peas and a side of tartare sauce, it is a great vegetarian alternative and I’d definitely recommend, especially if you’ve built up an appetite as it’s no light bite!
After my main I was pretty full to say the least so wasn’t sure I’d have room for dessert. Having cast my eyes over the menu though I just couldn’t resist the Warm Apple Pie – my all time favourite pudding. Served with yummy vanilla ice-cream and a topping of pecan nuts I suddenly found the room to devour every last bit.
As Experience Nottinghamshire’s resident east Asia enthusiast, the choice for Kinga was clear – the Kimcheese burger from the specials board.
A beef burger in a soft pretzel bun is served up with smoked cheese and kimchi – a traditional Korean vegetable dish. Accompanied by fries and a pot of caulislaw (they really went to town with the wordplay on this dish!), the unique combination of flavours definitely passed the test for being both unusual and delicious, especially with the helping of blueberry ketchup that added a bit of extra zing.
When dessert came along however, it was time for a classic. A very generous slice of baked new York Cheesecake was served with fresh strawberries and Crème fraîche. The creamy vanilla flavour was a perfect end to our indulgent lunch. The chintzy china plates that all of our dessert were served on was a nice touch too!
Sometimes a lunch-time treat, as a little pick me up during a tough week, is just what the doctor ordered. But squeezing a tasty meal into an hour’s break can be cutting things a little fine. Revolution believe they have come up with the perfect solution – a lunch that’s guaranteed to be served in just 15 minutes – you even get a timer brought to your table to add to the sense of drama!
By the time we sat down to eat in the heart of Hockley, my stomach was grumbling in anticipation, and I was geared up to see off the mightiest lunch on the menu.
On picking out the Frazzle ROQ burger, our waiter warned me that the blue cheese was not for the faint-hearted – this kind of warning can often be taken with a pinch of salt, but he was certainly not exaggerating on this occasion. On arrival, the burger was dripping with face-twistingly strong cheese that packed a real punch. Ingeniously combined with, not just crispy bacon – but also frazzles, the bacon-flavoured crisps – the juicy burger had plenty of crunch to it.
After just about managing to finish off this cheese-fiend’s dream, it was time to pick out a desert. The cheesecake caught my eye, but on this occasion I opted for a fail-safe brownie. Served with a delicious globule of ice cream, it was a gooey, chocolatey treat, and it served as the perfect palate cleanser, after the cheese-tastic main.
Looking for a veggie option a little less hardcore than Natalie’s Halloumi and Chips, I went for a wrap with pan-fried Halloumi, humous, vodka salsa (a Revloution signature) and baby gem lettuce. It was very tasty and light enough to leave room for a very extroverted dessert.
More of a party platter than a little something sweet, the Salted Caramel Chocolate Fondue came with a small mountain of fresh strawberries, banana, marshmallows and homemade sourdough sticks – all tasting far too good to share! Geared up for a sweet tooth like myself, the menu is full of things I want to try – Nutella and marshmallow fluff sandwich anyone?
Our service was quick and very friendly, and the recently refurbished decor made for a chilled out atmosphere. Or, if the sun’s out, give the social outdoor seating area a go to really get in the spirit of summer.