KuPP, Exeter

Queen Street has recently undergone a transformation into the new area of modern dining. Many restaurants have opened there in the last few months which have introduced Exeter to different types of cuisine, one of them being KuPP, which specialises in Scandinavian food.

The restaurant looks impressive inside, but it is very quiet for a lunchtime. Other restaurants in the area have many people eating, but not this one. Although it isn’t busy, the staff haven’t checked the tables – there are crumbs on the seat, the seating isn’t straight and there is a fork missing from the cutlery sets. We have to wait a while before ordering, and when we do, we decide to go for the sharing platter. To drink, I go for an English Breakfast Canton Tea. The tea set up is quite nice – the teapot and mug looks good and I like the milk being in the glass bottle.

And this is the sharing platter! Sourdough bread, rabbit pate, crisp breads, Swedish meatballs, chorizo sausage roll, cheese, meats and salad. It was a bit mixed for me – the meatballs and sausage roll were delicious,  but I wasn’t amazed by the rest. At £25 for one sharing plate, I feel it is quite expensive for what you actually got.

I also ordered the skinny fries with a herb salt. These were good!

After we finished, we paid at the counter. They sell a lot of pastries and cakes and they do a good deal for a pastry and a hot drink.

The food, in my opinion, was nothing special and quite expensive. This may be because of the particular dish I ordered. If I was to return, I would order something from the regular menu. However, there is a lot of competition in the surrounding area with Absurd Bird and Terrace restaurant, I may be more likely to go to these places instead. The service, although a little slow, was friendly, and the restaurant looks great inside.

Christmas is coming to Exeter!

This week, I met up with my sister in Exeter. Unfortunately due to the recent bad weather we had a little train trouble but when we eventually arrived, the first thought that came to our mind was FOOD!

We had a craving for Italian food and originally we wanted to go to Jamie’s Italian but it was fully booked. Nearby is Carluccio’s, which my sister said was quite good so we headed there.

The front of Carluccio’s resembles a shop with cakes, biscuits and other Italian sweet treats which you can buy to takeaway. Behind this is a dining area – it doesn’t look particularly impressive or restaurant like. It looks like a cafe (indeed some people just ordered tea and coffee).

The menu looks quite good – it displays Italian dishes with impressive ingredients. We opted for the Christmas menu – 2 courses for £17.99. I opted for the Risotto Festivo (a mushroom and spinach risotto with porcini oil and cheese wafers on top) and the Panettone with vanilla ice cream – I went for the more Christmassy options! My sister chose the truffle butter ribeye steak (this will cost you an extra £3.50 on top of the set menu price – I didn’t realise this until after we left!) served with rosemary and garlic potatoes (these were nice, I stole some to eat!). For dessert she had the chocolate torte.

My sister enjoyed the food, I thought the food was above average – not the best meal but not the worst. It was the first time I had tried risotto and it was not bad. Very filling! It was also the first time I have tried panettone and it was ok. The ice cream was really nice – you can tell it is good quality ice cream. The service is friendly and knowledgeable.
Afterwards, we headed to the Christmas Market. Exeter is decorated with Christmas lights and looks so beautiful when it is dark outside. My favourite part is the Christmas tree row – local business and charities decorate their own Christmas tree. It looks so nice!

Exeter has other trees in the area. I like this one outside Topshop, and the screen behind looks like falling snow!

 

The Christmas Market, held outside Exeter Cathedral, has lots of local arts and crafts. My favourite is the hot food! I had a Baileys and White Chocolate Crepe. Mmm…

Yo! Sushi, Exeter

Having never been to a Yo! Sushi before, we decided to try the one in Exeter for lunch. When we arrived, it was very busy and we were seated at the bar in front of the chefs, with plates of sushi and other Japanese dishes travelling around us on the conveyer belt. This system means that we are more likely to take dishes (“Ooh this looks nice” (grabs) “Ooh this looks nice” (grabs) “Can you eat all this?” “Erm…yeah”) and so more likely to spend more, but it works well as novelty.

We were given a booklet which details all of the dishes available. Not everything in the booklet is on the conveyer belt – additional items can be ordered, cooked to order. This is something we didn’t realise until later on, after we spent a long waiting for ebi katsu and chilli squid to resurface on the conveyer belt. If you didn’t realise this, you would be forgiven for thinking that there is a lack of choice on offer. I think this is something that should be made clearer by the staff, especially to new visitors.

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To drink, I ordered a matcha latte. Matcha is the new trend lately – boosting energy to the maximum in a healthy way as opposed to caffeinated drinks such as coffee.  Yo! Sushi do a cup of matcha latte for £1.80 – you can taste the matcha (not too overpowering) combined with the slight creaminess of the latte. It makes for a light and great tasting drink.

Initially, we started taking dishes off the conveyer belt, such as the ebi katsu, chilli squid, Japanese fish balls, all sorts of sushi and rice. I went a little crazy and started taking lots of dessert plates – strawberry and vanilla cheesecake mochi, chocolate mochi, matcha roll, dorayaki and Japanese cheesecake (so soft, so crumbly…. >.<). I was interested in the apple gyoza with salted caramel but this was not on the belt. If I wasn’t so full, I would have ordered it later.

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Between the two of us, we ate a LOT of plates. Each dishes can range from £2 to £8 depending on the colour of the plates. We did go on Blue Monday however, where some of the higher cost plates are discounted to £2.80 each. If you visit later on in the week, you can use student discount to get 25% off your bill – not bad. However, fuelled by temptation of the lovely little dishes whizzing around us and the choice on the menu, we spent over £60! A pricey visit but I like the food and the experience. The staff were variable – some of the staff are more knowledgeable and confident than others. One waitress was very confused when we asked to order extra items and not very warm to us – I probably put this down to new staff training. Sitting in front of the bar (we were later moved on to sit down at a free table) means you can get first pick of the dishes and see the chefs working. However, there isn’t much space for dishes and you can hear chefs arguing, so I would recommend a table seat.

I would like to return here – I would probably go at a time where I can use my student discount and I would also order more items from the menu (where there is a greater choice).

Out and about in Exeter

Some photos from Exeter…

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This is a photo of a pancake from Buffet City. We went for lunch £5.95 per person. There is plenty of choice, although sadly not much that I liked. I found it a little bit greasy, overcooked and lukewarm. It is pretty much standard fare Chinese food, eat as much as you like. Desserts are also included, again a little uninspiring. One thing I like is the pancake station, which they cook and prepare in front of you. This is a chocolate and banana pancake.

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This is a friendly bear in the cathedral quarter…and below are some shots of Exeter Cathedral. It was a lovely sunny day with blue sky!

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I also did a bit of shopping – a box of macaroons from Patisserie Valerie (I was also going to buy some Portuguese egg tarts, but they had sold out when I returned!) and some chocolate from Hotel Chocolat.

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