EAT LIVERPOOL

A Liverpool-Based Food, Drink and Lifestyle Blog

Maggie Fu

My meal at Maggie Fu sadly didn't start quite as well as I'd hoped. A series of unfortunate events (including a mix-up about where to wait for our table and then it subsequently being given to some woman called Sandra) left me slightly agitated and hungrier than ever. 

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What we ate in... Bologna

I'm well aware that 'Food Capital' is a title that can be applied to many places in Italy. In fact, I think you'd be hard pushed to find anywhere you couldn't get your hands on a decent meal, but one place that has got to be up there with the best for eating is Bologna.

Much like myself, Bologna is known affectionately as La Grassa (the fat one). This Northern city is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region- an area best known for producing some of the most iconic Italian edibles like balsamic, parmesan and mortadella. Of course it's also the home of Tagliatelle al Ragu, the dish that us fab Brits have somehow turned into Spag Bol.

Pane, Pasta & Vino in the Quadrilatero 
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Liverpool's Secret Gardens- 10 Cool Places to Drink This Summer

Grab the sun-cream and dust off your sunnies ladies and gents, it's that time of year again. The sunshine is back, and if the weather's anything like last year (an unbearable heatwave for months on end) we better get used to it.

 What's kept us going through that long, bleak winter? The thought of outdoor drinking of course! So,with that in mind, I've put together a list of  10 super cool city-centre gardens where al fresco drinks and dining are the order of the day.  In no particular order...

1. Birdies Bar and BBQ

Location:  29-31 Parliament St, Liverpool, L8 5RN 
Vibe: A huge, astro-turf paradise in the heart of the Cains Brewery District. Three different food vendors, live music and plastic palm-trees, it's just like you're in the Bahamas, I swear
More info here
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Ghetto Golf vs. Junkyard Golf- Which is Better?

With the long-awaited arrival of Junkyard Golf at Liverpool One and its grand media launch this week there's been a lot of talk about Liverpool's newest adult-only crazy golf course. 

However, with the markedly similar Ghetto Golf already well-established and thriving up in the Baltic Triangle district, it has to beg the question- which one is better? In this highly scientific essay I will....
Sweet Shop Cocktails at Junkyard Golf

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Brew & Bagel


I’m not entirely certain whether it’s courage or blind confidence that would inspire one to open up a new coffee shop in Woolton Village, but I imagine it’s a certain degree of both. 
Although the locals of this South Liverpool suburb love a good brew (I should know, I am one) there are already a multitude of similar places to choose from within throwing distance of the new Brew and Bagel on Woolton Street.

 
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Castle Street Coffee x Santa Maluco

You may remember around this time last year when, due to a series of unfortunate events, the well-loved Bold Street Coffee were made temporarily homeless. Thankfully the good chaps over at Santa Maluco came to the rescue and offered them a temporary home in their colourful Castle Street home. For more details about that situation and the resulting collaboration have a wee look at my post about it on Liverpool Noise here.

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Sapporo Teppanyaki

There's nothing else quite like Sapporo in Liverpool. As far as I'm aware, this Duke Street institution is our only Teppanyaki restaurant, and it's certainly the only restaurant with it's own Superlambanana. Inside, you'll be seated around a traditional hot-plate with a gaggle of strangers and watch as your meal is prepared in front of you by your own dedicated Teppanyaki chef.  When we went on a busy Friday evening the whole place was an absolute riot of noise, people and fire but even those of a nervous disposition (like myself) would find it extremely hard not to have a good time here.

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Coming Soon to Liverpool

With the first signs of sunshine starting to peek through this week it's been all too easy to believe that summer is on it's way already. Well, and I truly am sorry to burst your bubble with this unwanted reality check, but its sadly still only February. There's a long way to go before those joyous summer months arrive, including some kind of awkward Brexit situation, an inevitably rainy Easter bank holiday, and the clocks rudely going forward an hour (shudder). It's good job we've got some cool new places opening in Liverpool to keep us going then, hey?


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The Old Stables

Located at the end of a rather long and winding drive, the entrance to The Old Stables restaurant is every bit as grand as you'd expect for a restaurant located at a golf club.
It's tucked away in the leafy depths of Allerton, and if you didn't know it was there you'd probably never find it. Which, I think, gives the place a cool secret hideaway vibe (but can't be great for passing trade).


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Sabrosa, Woolton

As we enter the second month of 2019 (can you believe?) I'm just about starting to make a dent in my 'to-eat' list i.e the restaurant edition of the Never Ending Story that's listed in the notes section on my phone. One of these places, and one I've been meaning to try for a while is Sabrosa, a fairly new and completely independent Spanish restaurant that has opened just outside of Woolton village. 

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Côte Bistro

When it comes to French food the choice in Liverpool is small but decent. Cafe Rouge is (thankfully) gone. We still have the Bistros, all of which I know well and who will always hold a special place in my heart. Then there's Caveau in Woolton which I've never tried but heard good things about, and of course we have Bread and Butter whose simple, home-cooked plates really impressed me last year.

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Liverpool Gin Distillery

The eagerly anticipated Liverpool Gin Distillery opened on Castle Street last month and with Christmas just around the corner I had the perfect excuse to buy some tickets for a snoop around.


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