Dostana, Woolton Village

As somebody who lives in the suburbs, I’m always really excited to discover places to eat and drink which mean that I don’t have to schlep into town. Don’t get me wrong, I love going into town but sometimes I just like to stay closer to home, especially if the weather is “changeable” (ie. rubbish) like it has been recently. I’m fairly sure this is an age thing and my desire to feel snug!

With this in mind, we ventured down to Dostana in Woolton Village on a particularly autumn-y Sunday to try their new, street-food menu. Spoiler alert: it’s fab!

Not only does Dostana fulfil my love of Indian food, it also hits another love which is sharing food and small plates. I’m the opposite of a Joey (doesn’t share food), I love to share, my gluttony means I get to try all the foods and avoid the inevitable food envy that often prevails! I’m also terribly indecisive (again, gluttony) so ordering half the menu is the only sensible option!

The first thing to say about Dostana is how incredibly friendly everyone who works there is. Mubs, the manager, told me that dostana means friendship and you really get a sense of family in the restaurant. It’s been family run for 30 years and, whilst the menu may have changed, that family friendly is still ingrained.

So, on to the food. The new street food menu is brilliant and really affords you the chance to try lots of different things.

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The onion chutney is delicious!

Does anybody else fill up on poppadoms and chutneys before everything else arrives?! Always the way, like eating all my popcorn before the film starts!Photo 17-10-2018, 17 15 39The chingri chop is a majestic Indian prawn cocktail with massive butterflied prawns marinated with chilli and masala and coated in a herby bread crumb.

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Chili cheese toast

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A spiced lamb and peas mini slider, the keema pau was my favourite dish of the evening.

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Dostana is absolutely fantastic and you should head down there immediately, especially if you’re local. They are also doing a brilliant Halloween menu, Christmas day menu (curry for Christmas? Yes!) and a Mumbai breakfast which looks brilliant, that’s next on our list!

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Liverpool Ice Festival

With only four weeks to go until Christmas (four weeks!! How did that happen?!) the festive spirit is definitely in the air Chez FoodieLiverpoolEats. I’ve been listening to my Christmas playlist since the beginning of November and I’m itching to get the Christmas decorations out of the loft. I absolutely love a Christmas activity so when I found out that the Ice Festival was back, I recruited some friends for a Saturday of fun!

The first thing to mention is that if you go to the ice bar, and I recommend that you do, you get a fabulous poncho which makes you look like a jacket potato. As incredibly mature adults (apparently) we found that particularly amusing and kept them on all day so if you saw four 30 years olds walking through town on Saturday afternoon dressed in tinfoil, it was definitely us!

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Jacket potato vibes!

The Ice Bar this year has an Enchanted Forest theme and the frozen sculptures, some of which took up to 200 hours to carve, are amazingly intricate.

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The Ice Bar

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The Tree of Truth- inspired by Rome’s Mouth of Truth

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Seating area- lovely place to hold a meeting!

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Modelled on the throne from The Huntsman: Winter’s War, the ice throne provides a great photo opportunity

But there’s more! This year’s ice skating rink is 25% bigger and the 100ft ice slide has an extra lane for even more icy fun! The ice slide was brilliant and the views are spectacular. I’d insert a picture here but I didn’t take one, we were too busy running back up to the top to slide down again!

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Not only are the activities great but the Christmas market stalls are fantastic. The smell of mulled wine is in the air and there’s melted chocolate all around. The Après Lodge had a great DJ and was really busy, a fantastic chill out area for when you need a little rest from all the fun!

Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival runs through Christmas and New Year until 7 January.

Enjoy!

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An evening Chez Mal

Having never visited the Malmaison in Liverpool, the FoodieLiverpool team were incredibly excited to be invited to a bloggers’ dinner for the relaunch of the hotel’s restaurant, Chez Mal.

The hotel itself is incredibly chic with the most amazing fire-feature, very Instagrammable!

We were welcomed with the Mal’s signature cocktail, the Ginger McCain. The Grand National themed cocktail is named after Redrum’s owner and, like the horse, it’s a winner! Two different rums, grenadine, Cointreau and ginger beer are served over ice with a piece of dehydrated pineapple and a dinky race card from Redrum’s first race win! It was so refreshing and definitely lethal but ever so slightly spiky, make sure you get a straw!

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The Ginger McCain

Once we were seated, the incredibly attentive waiters talked us through the range of starters we would be sampling from both the bar bites and à la carte menus; chicken liver parfait with truffle butter and toasted brioche, truffle arancini with truffle mayo, tiger prawns and mango salsa, Picanha beef with Chimichurri and scallops with celeriac and apple.

All of the dishes were absolutely delicious, the highlights for me were the arancini with truffle mayonnaise (I wish I had snaffled some to bring home!) and the scallops. Oh, the scallops. If you think you don’t like scallops then these are the ones to try, I promise you will love them! They were perfectly cooked with celeriac mash and apple, so amazing!

The starters were served with a beautiful South African Chenin, oaked for twelve months in French oak and oh so good!

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Seared scallops with celeriac, apple and Jerez dressing

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Truffle arancini with truffle mayonnaise

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Chicken liver parfait with winter fruit chutney and toasted brioche

And then, for the main event! The lovely waiters brought over a selection of mains for us to sample; lamb shank slow braised in Tempranillo, New York strip steak served with garlic bone marrow and the famous Mal Stack burger. What was really amazing was that the staff brought full sized versions of all of the dishes for us to take photos (no putting phones away at the dinner table here!) along with individual servings. Just look at the little sliders!

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Yorkshire Dales braised lamb shank in Tempranillo, root vegetables and baby shallots

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Fillet steak with roasted bone marrow and brioche herb crumb

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The Stack is Back!

The delicious mains were accompanied by a variety of incredible sides. Honourable mention goes to the glazed truffle mash which was truly epic. So epic in fact that there are no photos because it was demolished! The mains were served with a gorgeous Shiraz which matched the dishes perfectly.

And finally, on to dessert! I was pretty full at this point but managed to find room once I saw the beautiful cake stands! A selection of mini desserts including carrot cake, eclairs and brownies from the afternoon tea menu were served alongside fantastic slices of treacle tart and bites of chocolate pavé.

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Treacle tart and chocolate pavé from the à la carte menu

All of this was topped off with a Provence rosé. I don’t usually enjoy a dessert or rosé wine but it was a perfect match.

It was a brilliant night, the company was fantastic and the service was honestly phenomenal. Don’t be put off by thinking it is just a hotel restaurant, Chez Mal really is stunning and definitely worth the price. I’m already thinking of my next trip (hello Sunday Roast!)

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Outtakes! Lovely Becky (@eat_liverpool_) and Jack (@thescousediaries) getting that perfect shot!

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