An exotic array of flavors, all in your hometown
“What’s for dinner?” A common question. It’s time to come up with an uncommon answer. The globalization of society has made it easier to experience a wide variety of cuisine, so why should you settle for the same-old? Take, for instance, UK restaurants like Bella Italia, Nando’s, and Yo! Sushi bring the masterpieces of other cultures right to your table (or booth, or countertop…) So what’s stopping you?
In order to help you decide which flavor to try first, let’s take a look at menu options and what customers say.
As the name suggest, Bella Italia offers Italian-style cuisine. Pasta and Pizza are musts, but you can also find ribs, soups, and other entrees. Bella Italia has customer reviews listed on TripAdvisor and Yelp – pay close attention to location.
While each location has its own listing, customer reviews on TripAdvisor average three and a half stars. Some pros are good choices and a gluten-free menu, with the cons being the occasional long wait. Yelp’s reviews also average three and a half stars, with many customers lauding the family-friendly atmosphere and accommodating staff but lamenting the occasionally bland pastas.
The even-better news is that Bella Italia pays close attention to their online reviews. A quick browse through the TripAdvisor comments finds two staff members constantly interacting with their patrons – the good reviews and the bad.
Most famous for their chicken and Peri Peri sauce, Nando’s has a wide variety of Portuguese and South African inspired dishes – as well as more common things like wraps and chips. They are known for a family -friendly, casual atmosphere.
Reviews for Nando’s can be found on TripAdvisor and Yelp, and a professional review article was written in the Guardian. TripAdvisor and Yelp both show an average rating of four stars. I delved into the comments and found rave reviews – the only ones that didn’t give the restaurant five stars were those who felt the restaurant didn’t live up to the hype or were frustrated with the nontraditional ordering system (Get a table, order at the bar). There were also a few troll reviews that didn’t give any helpful information.
A taste of Japan. Yo! Sushi specializes in its namesake, but they also offer several hot dishes that can be ordered from the table and the traditional choices like miso soup. They are most known for their conveyor belt approach, which delivers most meal options to your table – you see something you like, and grab it. A sticker on the plate tells them how much to charge.
TripAdvisor and Yelp reviews average three stars. Most consumers love the conveyor belt, friendly staff, and different options for getting food; others were tired of the same thing going around on the conveyor or had a poor experience with staff. I did notice that there was a rather extreme difference between locations, so it’s a good idea to check which one is nearest you and how people are reacting. Either way, it’s sushi at a decent – decent for sushi – price.
While it’s a good idea to know what you’re in for, I always recommend trying something at least once. Whether you decide to go for Italian, Portuguese-South African, or Japanese, make sure you go in with an open mind (and an empty stomach.)