Foodie Celebrations at WestQuay…

Planning on visiting WestQuay for a little Christmas shopping? Well here’s some exciting news (and another reason to go)…the new Dining at WestQuay officially opens this month on Thursday 22nd November. Dining at WestQuay will be home to several new restaurants, including Pizza Express, Wagamama, Southampton’s first Café Rouge Express, Mexican eatery Tortilla and American-inspired Ed’s Easy Diner.

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New foodie offering at WestQuay

To celebrate the opening there’s lots of fun foodie goings on – including live cookery demos from celebrity chef Aldo Zilli, who’ll be dishing out culinary advice and dishing up pasta chitarra with four tomato sauce, baked cod with black olive crust and a panettone dessert. Plus chefs from some of Dining at WestQuay’s new and existing restaurants will also be demonstrating some of their most popular dishes, including the new Wagamama – yum!

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Celebrity Chef Aldo Zilli will be showcasing his skills at WestQuay on Thursday

And as if that wasn’t enough to get you down to WestQuay this Thursday, there will also be all kinds of menu samples from new and existing WestsQuay foodie outlets – the list includes Hotel Chocolat, Starbucks, Café Giardino and many more. I’m told prizes, special offers and discounts will also be up for grabs on the day  too – sounds a like a fab foodie outing to me. And with WestQuays’s shops open until 8pm there’ll be time to cross a few things off my Christmas shopping list too.

All the action starts with Aldo Zilli’s first demonstration at 12pm this Thursday 22nd.

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Try Sakura – Winchester’s First Teppanyaki Restaurant

Winchester folks have you noticed that Cellar Peking has gone? Remember the Chinese restaurant on Jewry Street down all those steps? Well it’s no more and in it’s place is Sakura, a Japanese restaurant serving teppanyaki. I was lucky enough to try it out last weekend and it was excellent.

Firstly the whole place has been completely refurbished, with a contemporary Asian themed interior and of course a central teppanyaki griddle. If you have not experienced teppanyaki before, it essentially involves watching an amazingly skilful chef cook your food in front of you on a flat top grill, while you sit around the grill and enjoy the whole theatrical foodie experience. Meats, vegetables and rice are all prepared on the grill top and it’s great fun, as well as very tasty.

On the menu, there’s also sushi, sashimi, salads and soups as well as set menus incorporating a little of everything. I was impressed to see Sake and cocktails on the drinks menu too.

Sake!

A mojito had to be sampled of course

The sushi menu

On to the food! We started off with some mixed sushi which was delicious and beautifully presented. We followed this with teppanyaki steak, king prawns and scallops to share – we finished the lot!  The ingredients were fresh and cooked to perfection.

Teppanyaki steak and vegetables

The staff were excellent too, helpful and ready to explain anything we didn’t understand on the menu. The restaurant itself was very quiet, although it was a Sunday and I think as more people find out about what a hidden gem the place is the atmosphere will certainly pick up. All in all I’m very much looking forward to going back and sampling more of the menu!

Dinner of teppanyaki steak, prawns and scallops being devoured!

If you haven’t been I recommend you try it out, the number is 01962 864178 (there’s no website set up for the place as yet, so contact details are a little hard to come by).