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Oscars is a real hidden gem located on the high street of the quaint village of Calverton, Nottingham and we were extremely pleased to have recently discovered this impressive lounge and restaurant...
With plenty of parking in countryside surroundings, Oscars is a refreshing change from city dining and the staff offer the warmest of welcomes as you enter, making you feel instantly at home. We were taken to a table in the bar/lounge area, which was very stylishly decorated with plush seating and our drinks orders were taken- a glass of the Jack and Gina Zinfandel, for myself and an Aimery Merlot for my dining partner. Our pleasant waiter Giuseppe then took us to our table and were taken aback by the size of the main restaurant which we weren't at all expecting, not to mention the brand newly opened function suite adjoining the restaurant which was again beautifully decorated with an open kitchen adding to the atmosphere.
Our order was taken and as usual I went for my favourite kind of starter- the soup-broccoli and potato served with warm crusty bread, with just the right amount of seasoning- delicious. My dining partner opted for the deep fried breaded brie on a mixed salad with a cranberry and apple compote- an impressive start to our first Oscars experience... For main between us we opted for Oscars specialty roasted lamb shank, which arrived on a generous portion of mash potato with roasted root vegetables and rosemary gravy - as a vegetarian even I could see how tender the lamb was as it just feel off the bone and melted in the mouth according to my very silent dining partner, who quite clearly was enjoying every mouthful- a 10/10 was given for this dish as well as the solemn promise to return for a Sunday roast the following week! I went for the Italian dish of Pasta Alla Norma- apparently the most popular pasta dish in Southern Italy (my favourite country besides England), which was a good portion of spaghetti with aubergines, tomato basil and garlic, normally served with a sprinkling of Pecorino cheese, however I asked for it without due to hard cheese often not being 100% vegetarian. The dish was tasty, though had more of a spicy kick to it than I anticipated, nevertheless was enjoyable.
Dessert is something I tend to give a miss, as I'm usually too full and I don't have the sweetest of teeth, however I really liked the look of the dessert menu and had a sudden craving to try the homemade apple crumble and crème anglaise and I wasn't disappointed... served in a ceramic pot with a good amount of crumble (the best bit!) and New York cheesecake with berry compote and vanilla ice cream.
I must give credit to our waiters Harry and Giuseppe who looked after us extremely well, and wished us a safe journey home, which really is in my opinion one of the most important aspects of dining out. A satisfying end to a fantastic first dining experience at Oscars and we will most certainly be retuning again very soon.
Fiona Duncan, RSViP