Leicester Tapas Trail: Turning Japanese with The Rutland & Derby

The Leicester Tapas Trail continues. If you want to get a dish and a drink for just three quid around a variety of Leicester’s best independent bars. It’s a great way to try somewhere new without breaking the bank. Of course you can try a couple of places – it is a trail after all! Click this link to find out the full list of venues and availability and keep your eye out for new venues coming soon!

One of the venues that I’ve been getting some fantastic feedback about is the Rutland and Derby. They are offering an Asian themed tapas trail menu. For £3 you can get yourself a bottle of Asahi, the Japanese rice lager style beer (which normally retails for £3.90 a bottle!) and a salmon steamed bun. It’s absolutely delicious – fresh, moist salmon and a soft bun, perfectly dressed with tsatsiki. A lovely fresh piece of cucumber and a complementary dressing around the side finishes off the dish, certainly enough for a lunch for me! It’s a great combination and an absolute bargain for £3.

I took my food writer friends to the Rutland and Derby last week when we were trying out the trail so I also got the chance to see the alternative options that are available. These are also actually fabulous! First off, if you prefer a non-alcoholic beverage you can try the R&D’s own homemade lemonade. Now this is something I had no idea that they did but oh my! It is truly wonderful! Fresh and zingy and absolutely packed full of mint. And a massive glass of it too. Just awesome. Something I will definitely have in the future.

Accompanying that was also the vegetarian trail option – the Romana Chippies! How cute does that sound? And they are awesome, crispy chips with fluffy centres, served with a garnish of cheese and truffle oil. Rich, deep,flavourful and very naughty – but completely worth it. In fact, having tried some last week, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to stop by after work and get a portion for myself. It’s so huge I couldn’t even finish it! All in the name of research though you understand. I’m going to be so fat by the time this finishes on the 18th October!

So there we have it! Check out my other posts to see the Tapas Trail menus at Bar 33 Cank Street, Exchange and Bossa Cafe Bar and keep an eye out for more posts covering the other venues coming soon!


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