Bohns! The Best Burgers and Spiced Rubs in the East Midlands.

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Once Again the team at @Chefs_eye have been very lucky, not only did we get to try the burgers they also let us taste the homemade rubs they make and sell online at http://www.bohnsrubs.co.uk for a ridiculously low price 65g for £3.25 and 125g for £4.45. So the more grams you buy the more flavour you can use, think about that when you are enhancing your chicken breasts or massaging that pig.

As you can see the spiced rubs come with not only an incredible flavour and packaging  but also a quirky name that you will always remember and even make your GranDad laugh at the same time.

When we spoke to Tom and Jeff it was made very clear how passionate these guys are, about “rubbing their meats” with the Bohns spices, on the website you will find recipes and videos on exactly how to use the Bohns products.

The burgers on the other hand are something else, something you read about, something you hear about but never really get to try that burger of your dreams. Bohns burgers are something you will never forget, and yes for all the right reason. The flavour made you want to have another bite, the appearance made you want to stare and take a picture, the juices made you want to lick your fingers and go again and then you wash this all down with a side of spiced fries. We loved it.

You can find Bohns Burgers at the Post House venue, Victoria street, Derby, England, DE1 1EQ.

ChefsEye really thinks everyone should support there locals a lot more. You can go to FiveGuys, Burger King, Byron etc and sure you will probably eat but that’s about it. Where as places like Bohns Burgers who make their burgers fresh every day, cook the burgers to order and serve with the freshest ingredients that will ensure you a better dining experience. Many of these big chains have all forgotten the passion behind every burger, every flip counts.

Make sure to visit Bohns on Instagram @bohnsfinest, also joins us @chefs-eye, @ce_plus and @ce_sweettooth for much more.

http://www.bohnsrubs.co.uk.

 

 

ChefsEye eating out at Numan Restaurant in Kaunas, Lithuania.

ChefsEye has heard many great things about Numan Restaurant in Kaunas, Lithuania so we decided to book a long weekend away.

When we arrived on a busy Friday night at Numan Restaurant we were very excited and intrigued to see what they can do. As soon as we opened the door we were greeted with big warming smiles from all the waitresses and a very modern interior inside, simple but unique.

You can choose between a 3 course, 6 course and a 10 course tasting menu. We all went for the 6 course tasting menu in which one of our guest was a vegetarian, when we sat down we reminded our waitress that we had a vegetarian and we also stated it when we did the online booking, She told us that the 6 course tasting menu is mainly fish and vegetables. But bizarrely you have no idea what you are going to eat on the night because there is no menu presented till you leave. This caused us a lot of confusion and our vegetarian guest kept getting a fish dish after fish dish, she did her best eating what she could and then gave the fish away. She doesn’t like the taste of fish and that’s why she said she is a Vegetarian and the only meat dish was substituted for a fish dish. So do they know what a vegetarian is? Whilst we waited an average 30mins for every course of food to come out we grew very impatient.

We started of with a crispy potato string ball, dill mayo and cisco roe and vinegar & koji powder, this was very nice and light and a good start to the evening.

Second course we received was a beetroot dish which was dehydrated and then rehydrate again clever idea but a pointless dish it was supposed to be smoked and the burning of pine on the table was pointless as the beetroot was no bigger than an inch was gone in seconds.

The bread was cooked in a modern way, light like a microwave sponge but lacked so much flavour, I cant even remember what the taste was suppose to be. It was accompanied with a burnt butter mixed with kefir and scallop roe powder on top again this wasn’t to nice, Very sweet and grainy.

The oyster was a nice dish, full of flavour and fresh with a pear ponzu and pickled dill.

Cured scallop was a beautiful looking dish, great technique with a fresh compressed cucumber and an elderflower & grilled cucumber vinegar, the cucumber vinegar was the star ingredient, we could not taste elderflower anywhere and the scallops was blitz till smooth and manipulate to set like a jelly to form long strips. Why do this to a sweet beautiful scallop it didn’t enhanced any flavour what so ever.

Squid dish was amazing, tarragon was there, fermented cabbage was beautiful, and the mussle foam was lovely, the couple of pieces of seeweed is not needed. This dish split opinions but we all agreed that the squid was treated with respect and cooked perfectly.

The beef entrecote was a great dish. Loved the blueberry leather and the beetroot, black garlic teriyaki sauce was nice.

The dessert was the best dish of the night!!! Even though you could not taste the plum seed cream, the white chocolate & yoghurt “ganache” was more like a frozen parfait than a melt in the mouth ganache it was very tasty and fresh worked perfectly with the pickled cucumber. Good job the waitress asked if we enjoyed our last dish and only then we knew we had finished the meal.

So all in all it took 5 of us 4 and half hours to eat 6courses, average 30min wait for every dish, vegetarian had fish dishes all night but the bread. Even the butter came with scallop powder. The chef kept coming out to one of the tables (special guest maybe) all night, we like to see the chef now and then but when your busy and every table is waiting for food to come out at least respect your other guests and lead your brigade in the kitchen.

Unfortunately we will not recommend Numan Restaurant to anybody and sadly it maybe the worst experience ChefsEye has ever had.

Food 3/5

Service 3/5

Atmosphere 2/5

Price 2/5

You can follow Numan Restaurant on instagram @numan.restaurant.

ChefsEye eating out at Genki in Oslo.

(on the right) Chicken taco, smoked eel, onion and kale.  Tempura halibut, cauliflower and wakame (on the left)
Cucumber, beets and chilli and miso haddock soup with oxtongue.
Apple sorbet yuzu and chocolate cherry mousse.

We have heard a lot of great things about the new restaurant Genki in Oslo city centre. For only being a couple of months old we were very surprised to see how popular the restaurant is, Genki is a Japanese inspired restaurant with a very modern interior .

Genki offers a weekly 3 course menu, a Maki menu and also a tasting menu of 14 courses for an incredible price 825,- Nok (£82.50 approx) for being in Norway this is considered cheap.

We started of with a glass of yuzu sake and a plum sake which were enjoyable and awoke our taste buds. Then we chose to have the 14-course tasting menu and a bottle of Riesling.

To start with had an appetizer of Rice crisps with pepper and a lemon mayo, which were pleasant and easy to eat followed by maybe the star dish of the night textures of mushroom, great techniques and taste it was creamy, pickled fried and dried perfect combinations. The tuna tartar and wild halibut came next both dishes were very nice possibly the best halibut ceviche we have tried unfortunately we could not taste the miso in the dish but we didn’t mind, the tuna tartar was carefully constructed with fresh shisho and roe. The next course was the chicken taco with smoked eel onion and kale, its a spicy dish full of flavour but i thought it was the least favourite dish of the night, smoked eel is something i personally dislike but im always willing to try it. The tempura halibut with cauliflower and wakame was very nice, light crispy and the seaweed was really good.

The next dish that stood out was the dessert, the apple sorbet was outstanding, as was the chocolate mousse, the yuzu cream cut through the dish perfectly however the cherry flavour was lost.

We both would recommend Genki to anyone who is looking for culinary experience with a innovative twist, good price, good food and a wonderful evening.

 

Food 5/5

Service 5/5

Atmosphere 4/5

Price 5/5

ChefsEye Eating Out @bokbacka in Oslo.

Mackerel, Elderberry, Rapeseed &Rheinhessen White Asparagus.
Peas, Asparagus from Hvassar, Lemon & Bone marrow.
Langoustine from Midsund, Penny bun & Cress
Goats cheese Ice cream,Taragon & Beetroot from Havnahaga.

We have been planing to eat @bokbacka for some time now and were lucky to get a table on a Thursday night. BokBacka is a small restaurant with a capacity of only 31 customers at once, which suggests that they are more focused on the quality of the food and eating experience rather than the quantity.

We got a table at the bar where we could see the open kitchen and the chefs hard at work. We decided to go for the tasting menu with a few extra additions as we wanted to try as many items on the menu as possible. The live plating and the interaction with the chefs made the experience more personal and more memorable. The food itself was flavorful and original. The dish that stood out the most was the beef chuck, juniper, radish, malt & rosemary, the beef was succulent and packed with flavor and accompanied with malt and rosemary just melted in our mouths. The pea, asparagus from hvassar, lemon and bone-marrow dish was delightful would have liked more grated bone-marrow on top but all in all a great dish. The langoustine was cooked in front of us on a hot salted stone and served with a dried penny bun crumb and cress. The dish wasn’t included in the tasting menu but it’s a must try. The only criticism that can be pointed out is our sweet tooth craving that wasn’t fulfilled by the dessert. Personally we felt the goats cheese ice cream and beetroot would be amazing for a starter rather than a dessert as it is more savory than sweet.

All in all, the dining experience was great, it introduced us to new flavors and their parings as well as a masterclass in execution. It is definitely not a cheap night out, however, we feel the price is well justified.

 

Food 5/5

Service 5/5

Atmosphere 4/5

Price 4/5

 

ChefsEye Eating Out @Publiko Oslo.

Bread and butter.

 

Beetroots, Goat’s Cheese; Asparagus Smoked egg, Hazelnut, Cured Meats; Brown Crab, Apple, Shellfish Broth with Chamomile.

 

 

Shoulder of Lamb, Sweet Bread, Celeriac, Onion, Beer Vinegar Sauce; Braised Brisket Croquette, Gnocci, Pickled Onion, Spicy Emulsion, Truffle.

 

 

Waffle and Brown cheese; Variation of pineapple.

 

First of all it was a last minute decision to eat at the Publiko. We were very excited as the restaurant looks like a typical Scandinavian establishment. The menu is very small with 4 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts with a small menu comes big responsibilities for perfection.

We tried majority of the menu and only three of the dishes fulfilled what was promised. Enjoying our complimentary bread and butter, which is always a nice gesture, we decided to have 3 starters: beetroot and goats cheese which is an amazing dish full of flavor and fresh, followed by the asparagus dish which in no means you would rush back for, average dish at the most. Last starter was crab with chamomile broth, as a lover of crab and chamomile this was suppose to be heaven for me but unfortunately we could not taste neither, we knew the crab was there but it was lost in the sea of random flavors and textures.

For mains we had the shoulder of lamb and we both agreed this is a very good dish and would love to eat this again, again and again. The stuffed red onions was a nice surprise as was the celeriac puree and the sweet bread which was beautifully cooked, highly recommend this dish. Then we had the brisket dish in a potato croquette with truffle, however, only after re-reading the menu that we realized truffle was suppose to be there, we could not taste it and we eat truffle often (funny enough we had truffle for breakfast this morning). Moreover, the brisket was over cooked, mush like and no texture. The brisket is like an “Ugly Betty”, to the lamb dish, no comparison.

Finally, for desserts we had mixed feelings, the waffle and brown cheese dessert left us with a bitter taste in the mouth, very unpleasant and the waiter failed to explain the dish correctly. On the other hand, the variation of pineapple was fresh light and very enjoyable.

So, all in all, it was an average experience,  having such a small menu means the dishes should be executed to the highest standard. Unfortunately, this time for ChefsEye it wasn’t up to standard and we look forward to an improvement for the next time we eat at Publiko.

 

Food 3/5

Service 2/5

Atmosphere 4/5

Price 3/5

 

 

ChefsEye eating out @tukthuset in Oslo.

Bread and alioli.

 

Cod Ceviche, chili, crispy sweetcorn and banana chips.

 

As we walked around looking for a nice place to eat we stumbled across this unique restaurant Tukthuset in Oslo city center. It was a sunny day and we fancied just to have some small dishes to eat and the tapas menu here looked perfect.

We ordered some white Riesling wine as we made our minds up, in the end we went for bread & alioli and cured meats and cheese to start. Not the best cured meats we have tried or the strongest alioli but not the worst neither. The next course was the cod ceviche as you can see in the picture above its swimming in the juices something I’m not use to i prefer the ceviche being dressed enough to slowly cure the fish but we enjoyed it. The crispy sweetcorn and banana chips were amazing and the parsley chili lime dressing was nice. Next we had the albondigas (meatballs) which were tasty and came with a rich tomato sauce quickly followed by the patatas bravas, these were nice with a slightly spicy bravas sauce and alioli. The star of the meal was the crispy langoustines with honey mustard puree deep fried and crisp to perfection.

For dessert we shared the cheesecake it was ok nothing special most likely would not order it again unfortunately.

The server Mikael was very knowledgeable and helpful also the restaurant is very modern and bright with big windows to watch the world pass you by whilst you relax and enjoy your evening. However, being a Friday night we would imagined it to be more lively.

 

Food 4/5

Service 5/5

Atmosphere 3/5

Price 4/5

@chefs_eye eating out at the restaurant “Kullt” in Oslo, Norway.

Rocky Road dessert and side order of port.

 

‘Kullt’ is a new establishment in central Oslo that offers a modern pub vibe with fantastic view over the harbor. We decided to visit this place on a Sunday afternoon where we had a rustic Caesar salad washed down with a few alcoholic beverages. As we both have sweet tooth we also went for deserts which was an Apple Cheesecake and their take on a Rocky Road. The lunch menu itself is quite simple and has the classics you would expect to see in American dinner.

All in all, it was a pleasant experience and we recommend to pop into this place if you ever find yourself wandering in Oslo.

 

Food 3/5

Service 4/5

Atmosphere 4/5

Price 3/5