Nottingham – The Working Lunch – Part 2
My continual search for great working lunches in Nottingham really shows how diverse our options are and in general receiving favourable scores. Part 1 is available here
Wok & Go
This really is my “go to” over the years, for some time I lived quite near the Wok & Go in Hockley. If you read part 1 of this post you’ll see that I was less than complimentary about rival Chopstix. On a recent visit W&G proved its superiority. My favourite is the Hot Box. The noodles are much higher quality and freshly wok’ed, one thing that does mean is that things can be a little less consistent depending on which chef you get. They have a great underlying flavour and mix of veg and meat. A regular (£6.80) will fill you up but a bit pricey as they’re a bit mean on anything other than the cheaper contents, I recommend going for a £10 on regular boxes on a Tuesday.
Value 6.5/10 (8/10 on a Tuesday!)
Blog / Twitter followers will know that Roosters has been one of my regular haunts over the years. A meal from there at £6/7 is good value and the quality is always good. On a recent visit their chicken burger (hot level of spice) did the business but was perhaps a touch dry. I still often tell people it’s a better, cheaper Nandos. Sadly one of the problems is that people seem to agree with me and it takes ever longer when I pop in to get something. Not one if you’re in a hurry.
Thai 2 Go
I’d be interested in how long this van has been appearing on Clinton Street, it seems like a bit of an institution and has always been popular on my visits. They have a seriously large list of options for a food van, impressively so though I’ve stuck to an old favourite with their Pad Thai. The prawn version which is quite generous with their seafood is a mere £5. I think they could be more punchy with their fish sauce and base flavours but there’s little to complain about at that price.
Divides opinion this one. It can be seriously pricey, they get you on the psychology of a normal size burger being called a “little burger”. If you get a little hamburger though and “small” fries (no drink) you can do lunch there for £8 and certainly won’t go hungry as the chip portion is substantial. I am personally a big fan of the burgers, you can customise them to your choice and are always well cooked. The fact you can’t really eat for less than £8 means its never going to be a regular choice.
I have to admit the poke had passed me by. It is now perhaps the best known dish hailing from Hawaii thanks to the poke bowl becoming a popular dish over the last few years. To my knowledge the addition of the Pokewaves stall in the Victoria Centre was the first time you could get your hands on some Poke in Nottingham. There are a few bowls to choose from though you could make your own I believe. I opted for wasabi salmon from choices that were chiefly cubes of fish which is the traditional hallmark of the dish. Whilst its another premium lunch at around £8 a bowl you get a good amount of fish and mine was rather delicious. The wasabi was well judged, warm but not overpowering. It was also filling with plenty of rice sitting beneath the toppings, of which the crispy onions particularly bought great flavour and texture. In an attempt to make things more Hawaiian they also chuck some pineapple in. That was by far the worst element, a jarring addition that I don’t feel added anything. I’ll return but I’ll skip the fruit.
Food: 8.5/10 (4/10 for mouthfuls including pineapple!)
Wolf Street Food
I really dislike the branding of this place, firstly Italian Street Food when you’re serving pasta and pizza is a bit of a stretch. Secondly their tagline “you cannot control a wolf” is pretty meaningless marketing spiel. Happily on the food front I don’t have such negative comments. I went on day one and some staff faffery I forgave, my only criticism was that it was a little tricky to work out the format. If you’re getting a pizza you get to choose any 2 toppings for £7 and at a fairly generous 11 inches. The base and cooking was a bit disappointing, basic quality and cooked in a conventional rather than pizza oven. That said the toppings were that good (even if their distribution on the pizza was questionable), spicy chicken and roasted peppers, that I didn’t mind. I’d rather spend £7 here on a pizza than £8 down at MOD.