FREE Takeaway Apps from uRRestaurant

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Now we all love our takeaway on a Friday night and its even better when its easy and hassle free! I feel like I am forever listening to the ringing tone of my takeaway or receiving the wrong food! Well we have just found the uRRestaurant Takeaway Competition 2015.  Takeaway restaurants around the UK can be in for the chance to win the urTakeAway solution by uRRestaurant free of charge.

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The mobile app will be fully branded to the restaurant and delivers takeaway ordering capabilities to their customers all from a mobile device. This will help takeaways record their orders accurately rather than trying to listen to an oder over the phone with either bad signal or background noise.

The takeaways are also given the choice to upgrade their app to include additional features such as table booking & loyalty solutions. If your a technology nerd like myself then your probably thinking of the possibility of ordering your favourite Friday night takeaway all from the smartphone in your had!

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The takeaways have to submit an application by 12th February 2015 here to be entered into the competition while the general public can nominate their favourite takeaway to take part in the competition via Twitter by tweeting the takeaway Twitter handle and using the hashtag #urTakeAwayCompetitionNomination. I have sent my tweet in an attempt to get my local takeaways and hope that they have seen it and submitted an application, I want an app to order from!

Once all applications are in by 12th February 2015, the fate for the takeaways success in this competition is left to us, the general public to vote. Votes will be taken from the 13th February – 12th March 2015. Each member of the public will be able to vote for one takeaway in each of the 8 categories. I know who I’m voting for!

For more details – http://www.urrestaurant.com/urrestaurant-urtakeaway-uk-competition-2015/

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Is Kim Jong Un opening a restaurant in Scotland?

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Like many, I rarely find myself craving dog meat soup or a bottled aphrodisiac allegedly made from bears however, Good Food Nation are proud to cater to everyones taste however bonkers. There are reports that the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un could be opening a restaurant in Scotland and serving such delicacies.

Scotland has sparked the interest of the North Korean elite’s since The Scottish independence referendum. Despite Scotland voting ‘No’ The North Koreans consider left-leaning Scotland to be more fitting to deal with than England and supported the call for Scottish Independence. Many believe this is what has lead to the decision of the latest location of the “Pyongyang” restaurant.

The first of the restaurants Pyongyang were build near the boarder with China with Kim Jong Un’s expansion plans resulting in openings in Amsterdam in 2012. This was later closed down but re-opened under that name “Haedanghwa”.

Pyongyang restaurants are renowned for the luxurious and expensive experience. The opening in Scotland was very surprising and despite Kim Jong Un’s love of cheese and whisky, Hoare was a must unexpected choice of location.

Scottish food can be considered as very conservative so it may not be the obvious place to dine. It is reported that is not aimed towards the Korean population nor is it targeted to the Scottish people, they claim it is for the wealthy foreigners that want to come and spend money. Maybe they would have been wiser to choose a location more of the likes of London.

Almost Famous Coming to Leeds

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A restaurant not suited to its name as Almost Famous is well known as the mecca or burgers in the north. Almost Famous currently have two restaurants in Manchester as well as one in Liverpool & now they are answering the prayers of the residence of Leeds. They have been dishing up jaw-dropping burgers for a while and have made a strong name for themselves but state that this Leeds restaurant will be their naughtiest most mischievous adventure yet!

With plans to open by the end of the summer on George Street next to Nation of Shopkeepers they will be joining the many burger joints that have opened i Leeds over the years however, they may just bring that quirky & redial touch they are so famous for that is missing in so many of the existing burger eateries. With the level of success and popularity in both Manchester & Liverpool we have no doubt that Almost Famous with thrive in Leeds.

Many people are excited & we’re anticipating Almost Famous to be the talk of the town even long after they open. The best of luck to they new opening & looking forward to it!

Dawn Of The Dog

It is widely accepted that burgers are the “in thing” and have been growing in popularity over the last 3 years. Burgers have become a major trend in the UK and like many trends to reach our shored much of the inspiration has come from our oversea friends in American. London’s Best Burger has seen the evolution of burgers in the heart of the Capital. When we asked London’s Best Burger why they think the popularity of burgers has grown in the last 5 years they replied “Burgers, bring people together“.

BqBFM6CIYAAQ42OThe England’s Best Burger 2014 creator Ollie Anstee states that “the growth in popularity of burgers and the whole “Low n Slow” BBQ thing in the UK is absolutely fantastic. Long may it continue!

Although burgers are at the peek of their popularity with multiple new burger restaurants opening every year in every city in the UK, the latest trend to make its debut appearance on our shores is the new concept of hot dogs! Splendid Sausage Co. from Manchester are at the forefront of the hotdog movement and when we got in touch with them to discuss the increase in hot dogs popularity over the past 3-5 years and how the hot dog has changed or evolved within the UK they were happy to give their views.

1. “The Dog”

The hot dog has always been much more of an American than British food, a staple of backyard BBQs and county fairs. A 4th July tradition. While we have embraced the burger we’ve taken a little more time to warm to the hot dog. Looking back when people think hot dog, they think of a tough tube filled with the pieces of meat the butcher couldn’t use anywhere else. Arseholes and eyelids if you will. Thankfully perceptions are changing and people are beginning to see a hot dog as a viable alternative to a burger. They’re no longer the cheap wiener you’d get out of a can, they’re no longer so processed they can sit unrefrigerated on supermarket shelves for months on end. They’re made with love and care with prime cuts of meat in natural rather than artificial casings with great texture and subtle flavours. The meat content is high and if cooked correctly – slightly slowly over a low to medium heat with a bit of care and attention – then all the juices, all the goodness will stay right there within the casing, none of it is lost in the cooking process meaning the flavour you can get from even a plain sausage can be explosive. Once you add complimentary or contrasting toppings to this then, like with a burger, you can end up with a great tasting dish.

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2. “The Toppings”

At a BBQ I’ve always chosen the sausage in a bun over the burger, yet have always loved what people do with burgers, the innovative toppings and sauces. Look at some of the burger creations we regularly see from Almost Famous and Solita, five years ago you’d be lucky to get an extra piece of cheese or bacon, maybe some pineapple or avocado if the place was feeling adventurous. Now they have everything on them, from flat iron steak and bacon three ways to soft shell crab and monster munch yet the hot dog until recently has been left by the wayside, a few onions, maybe a bit of chilli if you’re lucky, but things are changing, people are realising the dog is right up there with the burger, so much can be done with them.

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3. “The Possibilities”

When we set up The Splendid Sausage Company we wanted to push the evolution of the hot dog even further. The Great British banger has been around for centuries and is a wonderful food. There is so much you can do with it, almost every type of meat works as a sausage, there are so many flavours you can use to further enhance them within the sausage, before you even come to the toppings. We love that we can use the flavours of different sausages with different toppings, it makes for something so much more exciting. For one of our dogs we take a beef and horseradish sausage, topped with a heap of slow braised beef pulled down into gravy, red cabbage, cauliflower cheese, mini roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings and even more gravy. It makes a perfect Sunday dinner.

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4. “A Splendid Sausage”

We use slightly thinner than usual sausages, specially made in lamb rather than sheep casings, it means we can cook the sausage from scratch much quicker (as with a butcher’s sausage you can’t leave them rolling about on the grill top or sat in a bain marie as you can with the pre smoked dogs that you usually get on hotdogs) yet with the length of them we still get as much, if not more, meat than most burgers around. It also means we can play with the flavours within the sausage itself which is where I think the hot dog will go in the future. Yes there will always be fans of the traditional pre smoked wiener dogs but more and more people will see what can be done with the sausage, similar to but of a much higher quality than the one they’ve been eating since they were kids, a hot dog bun and some innovative toppings and it might not be too long before the hot dog is nipping on the coat tails of the all conquering burger.

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Londons Best Burger – http://www.londonsbestburgers.com @LDNBestBurgers

Ollie Anstee – http://www.gogmagoghills.com @Oea84 @gogmagogshop

Splendid Sausage Co. – http://www.splendidsausages.com @SplendidMcr

Beef & Pudding – Manchester

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The Beef & Pudding – Manchester Pub & Restaurant is due to be opening its doors on the 4th April. This restaurant is one of the many owned by the New Moon Company who also own such establishments such as The Hanging Gate Inn, The Old Sessions House, The Montgomery and another new addition The Lord Binning.

The Beef & Pudding will be serving a delightful array of dishes such as sharing planks with a selection of cheeses, meats and fish as well as unique salads and pasta dishes for the lighter touch. The Beef & Pudding also serves classically British dishes as the name suggests with all the Empire favourites from the Cottage Pie and Lamb Stew with Dumplings to the Beer Battered Fish & Chips.

This restaurant aims to serve fine quality, home cooked food with selected wines in an informal and relaxing atmosphere. With the reasonable prices, if successful in fulfilling the aims this restaurant could result in a marvellous experience.

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Red’s True Barbecue – Headingley Venue

Open since September 2012 the residence of Leeds have come to love this meat utopia and with the opening of the Manchester venue Red’s following is ever increasing. Many people living in the Headingley area will be delighted to know that Red’s True Barbecue will be opening a second restaurant in Leeds were Macy’s – Otley Road once was. The restaurant will open July 2014 and will be smaller than the city centre site but we’re sure they will make good business with their take-away service with Headingley, Burley Park and Hyde Park being so abundant with students.

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