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Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms

Lenton Lane, Trentside, NOTTINGHAM, NG7 2SA

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Sat Bains' professional life is lived in the spotlight. You'd expect a bit of TV work here and there and a book launch every now and then, par for the course at this level, but these days modern chefs find themselves on view in their own kitchens. For today, the customer wants to get right into the heart of the action. Here in Nottinghamshire, you can sit at the Chef's Table, The Kitchen Table (not the main kitchen, but a working kitchen nonetheless), and the Kitchen Bench (which has a bird's eye view of the new pastry kitchen). Mr Bains has embraced the demand for interaction, sated the thirst for knowledge, for few chefs are more passionate about the craft. A new development kitchen opened in 2014, where the next wave of dishes is planned and perfected, for that's another thing about Sat Bains: he doesn't stand still. This restaurant with rooms is in the business of delivering surprises, confounding expectations and delivering memorable experiences. The location itself, on the edge of an out-of-town industrial estate and near a flyover is not what you'd expect, perhaps, but it matters not, for once ensconced in the converted Victorian farmhouse all is soothing neutrality and cossetting professionalism. What follows is a quite breath-taking journey through cutting-edge cooking that is more than anything driven by taste. The menu, in fact, uses colour charts to show the balance of flavours in each dish, and his mastery of sweet, sour, salt, bitter and umami has placed the chef at the very top of the UK's culinary firmament. Taste, texture and temperature work in harmony to stunning effect, the kitchen's endeavours backed up by the exemplary service team who don't seem to put a foot wrong. Seven- and ten-course tasting menus chart the journey, which might begin with a dish of perfect scallops, the balance of sweetness and umami ensuring a comforting hit to get the ball rolling, with fennel, vanilla and Belotta ham. Chicken muesli is a menu description that leaves a lot to the imagination, but this is a clever construction with creamy liver at its heart. Lamb's sweetbreads with Puy lentils and mint is another firecracker of a dish, followed by another of roe deer 'Salisbury Plain' that shows acute technical accomplishment and flavours that positively thrill. There's a 'crossover' dish that hits the perfect balance between sweet and sour before the sweet courses themselves, such as one that combines the flavours of chocolate, mandarin and cardamom. The ingredients throughout are as good as they get, everything in season and in song. To cap it all, the vegetarian menu breaks new ground, and the exceptional wine list includes drinks 'packages' to go with each menu.

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Tel: 0115 986 6566
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Days closed: Sun-Mon
Dates closed: 2 wks Jan, 1 wk May, 2 wks Aug
Days closed for lunch: all week

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Sat Bains
Number of seats: 40
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
No children under 8 yrs.
Parking available.

Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms, Nottingham


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M1 junct 24, A453 for approx 8m. Through Clifton, road divides into 3 - take middle lane signed 'Lenton Lane Industrial Estate', then 1st left, left again. Follow brown Restaurant Sat Bains sign
Nearest station: Nottingham

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