A refreshing change came my way recently when I was invited to try out Ego at The Dorset Arms in West Bridgford for the first time and as I am not altogether familiar with the particular area where the restaurant is based, I was excited to try something new outside of city central dining. Based within the popular residential estate of Wilford, Ego is a collection of Mediterranean restaurants based across the country with fifteen sites in total including our very own in Nottingham. The team are extremely friendly and welcoming and it was a delightful experience overall…
First impressions are of a warm, cosy nature with a vibrant atmosphere (we visited on a Saturday night) but I am told they are fairly busy most evenings and there was certainly an energetic vibe to the restaurant and bar area.
The menu is vast and a full gluten free menu is also available as standard which was impressive, with plenty of vegetarian options also on offer.
To begin with we ordered water for the table and wine- a large glass of Zinfandel rose and a red for my dining partner.
To start we opted for Grilled Goat’s Cheese on toasted brioche with aged balsamic vinegar, caramelised red onions, pineapple & black fig chutney- the perfect size for the starter to satisfy but not fill up prior to the arrival of the main and so very tasty. My partner went for the ‘Chorizo Frito al Vino’ which was Chorizo pan fried in red wine with garlic, rosemary & thyme, served with toasted bread- I didn’t hear from him throughout, so it must have been good and I was told afterwards that this was his favourite dish of the evening.
For main it was a difficult decision with so many appealing looking dishes staring back at us, but we ended up going for the Andalucian Pork Fillet, Wrapped in prosciutto, pan roasted & served with apricot & sherry cream sauce with dauphinoise potatoes – again the feedback from my dining partner was that it was one of the best pork dishes he had ever had the pleasure of eating and the Minted Pea & Asparagus Risotto -Arborio rice with minted pea purée, petits pois, asaparagus, cream & chives I went for was a good sized portion and also very nice. We shared sides of Chantenay Carrots & Green Beans and Buttered New Potatoes.
After contemplating a dessert to share based on our full bellies, we then decided it would be rude not to try both the Eton Mess made with mixed berries and ginger mixed with Chantilly cream and the steamed sponge date pudding served with toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream. Both very different from one another and both as delightful- A top choice!
After three courses, we were most certainly satisfied and well looked after by our waitress and extremely pleased to have visited such a hidden gem of a restaurant on our doorstep.
Throughout the week there are a number of special offers including a £10 steak night on Tuesday, 3 tapas dishes for £12 on Wednesday and my personal favourite on Mondays you can chose any two courses and get a whole bottle of wine for £19.95 each with any wine you don’t drink coming home with you.
So for that ‘local’ welcome with an undeniable quality menu and impressive service, head down to Ego at The Dorset Arms in the Compton Acres shopping precinct.
I certainly look forward to returning again very soon.
Fiona Duncan, RSViP