Home by Nico “Cooking Bangkok Thai Street Food” : Review⠀

GIFTED


The guys at Home by Nico asked if I would like to receive their Bangkok box to try, and do a wee review I gladly accepted and looked forward to the delivery.

With Home by Nico’s cooking at home experience, the menu changes monthly so that you are always exploring new cuisines from around the world. If you are vegetarian don’t worry, as they have a vegetarian experience to.

Within the box there is an easy instruction book, which I found super simple to follow so if I can manage so can anyone. ⠀

With the Home by Nico experience, there is full UK wide delivery, so where ever you stay you can enjoy a great meal at home and experience food from around the world. The best part is once your order has been delivery it can be stored in the fridge for 48 hours before you eat it, so you can always save it for some weekend cooking 🙂

£60 inc delivery (4 course menu and a bottle of wine for two)⠀

The delivery

As you can see its a massive box, and extremely well laid out, great presentation and probably the best home delivery you will ever see as I can’t fault anything about it.

What I got in the box : ⠀

  • Menu⠀
  • Cooking “Bangkok” cooking instructions booklet⠀
  • Your starter, main, sides and dessert⠀

Obviously, depending on the month the style of food will be different but this month was Bangkok.⠀

Starter

Tom Yum Soup

I have never had Tom Yum Soup before, so I was looking forward to try this.⠀

I opened my cooking guide book and followed the instructions, as this was heating up the smell was amazing and my mouth started to water.

After the given time, and a few tastes to see if it was warm enough I poured it into a bowl and sat down to enjoy my soup.⠀

This was sooo good and I am not just saying that the flavour was really nice and it had a small kick. I could have easily had more of this, and could easily have this on a regular basis and that’s saying something as I am not really a soup fan but this was soo good.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Main course

Panang Chicken Curry

To start with for this one, I had to remove the chicken from the container and place in the oven. Once that was nearly ready, to start preparing the sauce and vegetables….and sides (next Instagram post for the sides)

The smell from the chicken cooking and then the sauce was really good, my mouth was watering and I was wishing the timer would hurry up and finish.

The pressure was on, as I wanted to plate this up and make it look as good as I could as it was really quality food, mega tasty and I wanted to make sure I did it justice.

Plated up, photos taken….time to dig in.⠀

The sauce with the vegetables, chicken or combination of both wow!!! I was very impressed with this, and finished everything again just like the starter I could have easily had seconds!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Sides

Steamed Jasmine Rice 

This was super easy to cook, a quick 2 to 3 minutes in the microwave and done.

I tried this on its own to start with and it was very soft and had a great flavour, and mixed with the main course sauce or chicken etc all the flavours worked extremely well.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Crispy Pork Pad Thai

The guide book said “it’s intended to be enjoyed cold” so U plated it up as nice as I could and put it aside till everything else was ready.

This was very nice, for me it needed the pork to add a little more flavour…but that’s a personal preference. Mixed with everything else, again very nice.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Desert :

Coconut & Cardamon Rice Pudding
with optional Salted bean curd caramel and exotic fruit compote⠀

I was starting to feel very full, but I had one more dish to prepare and taste.

This sounded very nice, with and without the optional ingredients. For me, I knew once the rice pudding was about ready I would add the caramel into the rice and mix, as I have a sweet tooth and this would make it extra nice for my personal taste.

WOW! perfection! bursting with flavour and very nice! I then added a little of the fruit compote and took a bite…again this worked very well with the way I had prepared this.

I finished it all.⠀

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The wine and cheese

The Cheese: Landana 500 : pineapple & nigella chutney with water crackers⠀

The Wine: Le Sentier Blanc 2018 (Gascony, France)⠀

Now, who doesn’t love some cheese and wine? we all do….I actually didn’t have this when my Home By Nice arrived I saved it for the next night as I was so full from my amazing 3-course meal.⠀

This was a nice little extra and added to the meal, the wine was very nice….very light and worked really well with the cheese and crackers.

Keep watching my posts for my pics for every part of my Home by Nice experience.⠀

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall :

Note : Just because this was gifted, that has not influenced my thoughts in any way. The above is a 100% honest review of the delivery and food.

Firstly a big thanks to Home by Nico for letting me have a restaurant dinning experience in my own home.

Secondly this was really professional, from the delivery, the layout of the box to how easy it was to make all the food.

I highly recommend this!!! and I cant fault any part of it. Service was top, presentation was top and the food was very high quality and mega tasty.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Kimchi Cult! (Westend, Glasgow) : Review​

14 Chancellor Street
Glasgow G11 5RQ

V: 17th June 2018      T:  0141 258 8081  W: www.kimchicult.com

Child-Friendly: Yes (well-behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


I have had here on my list to visit for about one year, a food blogger recommended it to me so I added it and finally I got round to taking a visit.

Kimchi Cult is very small, and can only sit maybe 20 people max but from what I saw it does more deliveries. The people who did sit in came in, ate and then left so the turn over was always fast.

The Food…

Starter

Pulled Port BOA £4.00

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This looked nice when it arrived, and for £4 it was a perfect size.

This was really nice, full of flavour and I could have easily had two….but I was saving myself for my main.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

Main Course

Kimchi Cheeseburger £7.50
Beef burger topped with Kimchi, cheese and mustard.

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Let me just start by saying when I saw the cost £7.50 I was very sceptical, thinking this is a pub burger cost and pub burgers are not good.

After my first bite, I knew this was no pub burger as it was very very good. It was juicy, nice flavour and perfectly cooked.

My only issue was not enough cheese on this, I think with just a little more that would have helped.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

Overall

Overall my first visit was a good one, for the quality of the food and the cost this is a place you have to visit.

I will try a few other things next visit, as I will be going back.

See you soon guys!

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 5
  • Overall : 5

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Handmade Burger Company (Glasgow) : Review

78 St Vincent Street
Glasgow G2 5UB

V: 13th April 2018      T:  0141 221 7437  W: www.handmadeburger.co.uk

Child Friendly: Yes (well behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


I have always had here at the very bottom of my list, only due to hearing a massive amount of mixed reviews about the burgers. Lots said very good, and others said just meh so its always been last on my list.

I saw a deal on itison for 2 burgers for £10, and anything else you order is on top. So two burgers for £5 each…I could take a chance on that.

On entering we were greeted and taken to a table, looking around they have done inside very nice and it had a warm feeling.

The Food…

Blue Cheese and Bacon Burger £9.95 (Tonight £5 with offer)
Caramelised red onion relish, blue cheese, bacon, mayo and lettuce

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So if you follow my blog, I recently had a bad visit to another burger place and I had the same burger. So tonight I wanted to see if this was better, but the other places burger was just so so….

This was really good, the burger was tasty and the bacon and blue cheese worked and tasted great!

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

Cheesy Chips £4.70
Fresh cut chips topped with melted cheese

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These were nice, but I am a thin chip guy and thick chips for me are just so so….so I left about half.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 3
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 4

Overall

Overall my first visit was good, I enjoyed the burger and saw they did many so I will go back and try a few.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 5
  • Overall : 5

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