I remember when the Bullring opened. I also remember when they added bits on and opened Spiceal St. And yet for some reason I never really remember about the Bullring when I think about dinner. Actually that’s a lie, my friend and I will sometimes go for a cheeky Nando’s before heading off to have a Grey’s Anatomy marathon, but that’s because it’s by her bus stop.
So when an invite to Summer Dine at the Bullring landed in my inbox, I thought it would be a good excuse to get reacquainted with the place. It was also a chance to have a look at the Bullring Plus app, which is free to download and has a bunch of discounts on it – a few of which are under the Summer Dine idea.
We started the night in Jamie’s Italian with drinks and nibbles. I’ve been to Jamie’s a few times pre-blog and had some pretty mediocre experiences so it was nice to go back and see if things were better this time around. We ordered what felt like one of everything on the starter menu, due to an excellent waiter whose enthusiasm was infectious. It was certainly a good re-introduction; the fried ravioli in particular was pretty stand out and something that could tempt me back to give the place another try.
For mains we headed to Chaophraya for a mini-cooking class, to make our own dinner. I’ve blogged about my experiences of going to the full class earlier in the year and was looking forward to learning more. This time we made a Thai red chicken curry which was delicious…and I got to take home some leftovers for tea the next night.
The fun thing was cooking almost entirely from scratch, grinding the spices in an old style pestle and mortar, adding in more ingredients and making something that really was tasty. I’ve made a few curries from scratch in my time but having an expert on hand to tell you what to do and why was very helpful. And I was pleased to be able to take the paste home to make more curry after the leftovers were finished.
And then for pudding we heading into the main part of The Bullring to Joe Delucci’s Gelato. Despite us running late, the staff had stuck around to tell us about what they sell and seemed genuinely enthusiastic about what they offer – particularly when we asked about their favourite flavours. As someone who doesn’t always get on with dairy, ice cream is a rare treat but it was nice to hear they do fat-free, dairy-free and gluten-free flavours and not just naff sorbets like some places – things that taste like actual ice cream.
And then, with some mint choc chip ice cream, I headed for the bus home. Much like the rest of the Bullring, the food offerings are mainly from national chains which isn’t to everyone’s taste but there is a wide range of cuisines which will cater for most people; from Italian, French and Thai to burgers, pizza…and chicken. And after a long day shopping, finding something to keep almost everyone happy is kind of what you want really.
Disclosure: I was invited to the summer dine experience by the Bullring’s PR team and the food was provided complimentary. As ever, all views remain honest and my own…and I’m not entirely sure what a cheeky Nandos is, but I love that some people are losing their **** over it.