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Strada

I don’t get to see my best friend very often, as during term time she studies a good 300 miles away, so when we do get the opportunity to meet up it’s a very special occasion.

To mark this we decided to treat ourselves and head over to Jamie Oliver’s restaurant in Kingston called Jamie’s Kitchen. We knew how popular the venue is and that you are unable to book so we made sure we got the restaurant by 7pm. Unfortunately the waitress who met us at the door was very unhelpful and said that we would have to wait 45mins at least for a table, 20 minutes of which would have to be spent outside on a cold April evening and then we’d be allowed to come in and sit at the bar and wait a further 25mins! I suggested that we go for a drink across the road and put our name down on the list, but apparently this is also against their policy! I was very unimpressed by this and so we decided to eat elsewhere.

By this point we had our hearts set on an Italian meal so we went across the road to Charter Quay (restaurant and bar district on the riverside) where we found Strada. This restaurant had a completely different atmosphere, we were seated immediately and the waiters were extremely helpful and chatty, a total change to the stuffy attitudes we experienced at Jamie’s.

The food here is delicious, serving a range of superb Italian dishes. We shared garlic pizza bread to begin with and for our main courses I had Orecchiette Salsiccia e Broccoli pasta, which is spicy sausage, pancetta and broccoli sautéed with chilli butter and grana padano. This dish was very nice however the chilli butter did make it a little bit rich so I couldn’t quite finish it all. My friend had Linguine a la Pescatora which is tiger prawns, mussels, squid and clams in a white wine, garlic, chilli and tomato sauce which she thoroughly enjoyed. For dessert I indulged in Fondente al cacao which is a warm chocolate pudding which melted in the middle with vanilla ice cream on top, whilst my friend enjoyed a cappuccino.

All of this cost just £20 each including soft drinks and mineral water, which I thought was very reasonable for the quality food we were served.

After this we continued our evening in the Slug and Lettuce which is also in Charter Quay, this is a lively over 21’s venue which is the perfect place if you’d like to have a cheeky cocktail in a lively but not too over bearing atmosphere. They do a fantastic 2 for 1 happy hour offer until 10pm on Friday nights.

All in all we had a lovely evening catching up on life despite the little hiccup in the beginning of our evening!