Don't you love impromptu date nights? Our recent visit to Edin's Deli Kitchen was just that. After a long, cold and hard day at work, as we walked through Nottingham on the way home, we decided to stop somewhere for dinner. Our first choice was Loch Fyne - seeing as we were both eating a pescatarian diet in January. Alas, it wasn't meant to be but that's ok, we ended up at Edin's Deli Kitchen which is down in Hockley opposite Broadway Cinema. I prefer to support the independents anyway and from the outside, with its big windows and warm lights shining out into the dark night, it looked just what we wanted.
The style of food is modern British/European I guess, with a tapas menu chalked up on the wall too. The vegetarian options were few but what was there all sounded good. To start with, Dave had the blue cheese and walnut salad and I had a dish from the tapas menu - garlic mushrooms. I would have ordered the spicy tomato pasta but as Dave was having that for his main, I was out of options. The salad was great - plenty of walnuts, not too much cheese but the cheese was nice quality. It's a classic combo which will always work. My mushrooms were nice but nothing special - the best I can say is that they were very generous with the garlic which I approve of wholeheartedly!
For our mains, Dave had a spicy tomato pasta dish which was really disappointing. On a trip to the toilet downstairs, he saw a big bag of wholesale dried pasta and tins of sauce on shelves, confirming our suspicions that it wasn't homemade. Sadly, this dish was just a bit watery and completely bland. Anyone at home could do a better job. I had homemade quiche with chips and salad. The salad was the same as the one we ate for the starter and the chips were definitely frozen, although cooked well and tasty. The quiche really was good and stood out from everything else we ate.
Overall, we were underwhelmed if I'm honest it was so cheap that I'm not sure what I was expecting. Quality does come at a price and we paid more for the bottle of wine than either of our meals. Perhaps Edin's are buying pre-made food in to keep prices down or because they got lazy but either way it's a shame because this place has always had a very good reputation as a great spot for homemade food. For me, on this occasion, something had changed and it's made me sad.