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I recently revisited one of Nottingham’s hidden gems- the Adams Restaurant, situated within the NCN College on Stoney Street, Hockley.

This was one of my favourite places to dine a few years back when I lived in the Lace Market and having moved house almost five years ago, sadly I visited a lot less frequently and so when I was recently given the opportunity to visit again, to sample their brand new taster menu I was delighted to see the place was still as fantastic in every way…

Being greeted by a smiley face is always the best way in my opinion, you cannot beat a friendly welcome in any situation and we certainly received this when we arrived at the Adams restaurant, we were asked if we wanted to hang our coats and were promptly seated at our table.

It was 6pm and so the restaurant was actually pretty empty at this point and we wondered if this was the norm, however we were pleased to see it start to fill up gradually from around 6.30pm onwards.

Our waiter for the evening was the lovely Curtis, clearly a student learning the ropes of silver service, his slightly nervous persona adding to his charm – we very much liked Curtis.

Our menus were handed to us- five courses of modern classic cuisine to make our way through – good job I had saved myself all day for this one!

As a vegetarian I often find the chefs at restaurants offer the same old dishes with no real imagination attached to them and so it was a refreshing change to see so many different flavours on the menu.

After placing our order, Curtis arrived to the table with a trolley of freshly baked bread and sliced and served it to the table- a nice touch that in my should most definitely be done in more restaurants.

To begin we enjoyed the Amuse Bouche of Red onion and thyme – Caramelised red onions, fresh thyme on a puff pastry base with rocket, balsamic and toasted pine nuts – delicious.

Our Entrées were ‘Crab & Apple’ – Fresh crab with chicory, apple mayo, apple puree, delightful looking cubes of elderflower jelly and coriander cress- a piece of artwork on a plate.

 I opted for the vegetarian- ‘Tomato & Goat’s cheese ‘– Heritage tomato salad, marinated goat’s cheese, sour dough croutons, radish, rocket and tomato vinaigrette- strong clear flavours and very nice.

Interestingly the aptly named-‘Intermediate’  was a refreshing palate cleanser of Cucumber & Mint – Cucumber sorbet, mojito syrup and candied zest – freezing cold & delicious!

Main course arrived and my dining guest opted for the ‘Lamb & Rosemary’ –A tidy Noisette of lamb, served with the sweetest flavoured roast carrots, stuffed courgette, potato gratin, honey and rosemary jus- his verdict- the best piece of lamb he had ever eaten.

My veggie dish was something I’d never tried before- ‘ Asparagus & poached egg’ – Seasonal vegetable risotto with Chargrilled asparagus, roasted garlic and a crispy hen’s egg to top it off, which when cut open spilled a beautiful yellow yolk all over the risotto adding to the flavour.

Dessert on paper sounded pretty amazing but blew us away with presentation when it arrived to our tableMine was ‘ Chocolate & bananas’ – Textures of chocolate, mini choc meringues, choc mousse, tuile, caramelised bananas and pecan brittle- the best brittle I’ve ever had.

My guest enjoyed  ‘Lemon & blueberries ‘– Glazed lemon tart with poached blueberries all in a line, a brandy snap, strawberry salsa and clotted cream- yum!

The 5 course Modern Classic Taster Menu costs just £19.95 per person- a fantastic price for the quality of food and service received and I can’t recommend the restaurant and what it stands for enough- support our local students and educational bodies whilst enjoying a top notch meal- go on!

Fiona Duncan, RSViP









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