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A barn conversion holed up in Nottingham’s industrial wastelands sounds an unlikely setting for a ground-breaking eatery, but Sat Bains’ classy restaurant-with-rooms is guaranteed to blow your
socks off with its wondrous, two-Michelin-starred food. Naming a dish after the restaurant’s postcode is one way of describing an amazing amalgamation of locally gleaned pickings – perhaps
watercress and nettle soup, horseradish pannacotta, foraged greens, elderberry vinegar, smoked bread and lovage tuile. Otherwise, there are star turns aplenty, all colour-coded according to the
five tastes (salt, sweet, sour, bitter, umami): Jersey Royals with dashi, onion juice and ham; roe deer with cauliflower, pear, blue cheese and chocolate; jelly and ice cream with pine and Earl
Grey tea – also watch out for a special, unannounced extra (perhaps a renowned riff on ‘ham, egg and peas’). Sat Bains’ wife Amanda and her team provide sweet-natured, ‘insightful’ service –
especially when it comes to advising on suitable choices from the cleverly organised, top-flight wine list.
Wow. So this is what 2 Michelin star food is, and my goodness it’s good. But that’s a no brainer; what was incredible, was the whole experience – getting a taste of how you imagine the other half live, being treated like royalty!Restaurant Sat Bains only offer tasting menus and on Saturdays that means ten courses of rich, heavenly and decadent food. The style is very modern, with each course carefully designed to accentuate the five tastes of salt, sweet, sour, bitter and umami in varying levels to challenge your palette. Often these tastes were also combined in hot and cold quantities on the same plate...
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I was a little bit nervous during the week leading up to our reservation at two Michelin starred Sat Bains in Nottingham. This was due to the cancellation policy; it’s a £75 a head charge if you cancel up to 5 days prior to your booking. But what if me or my gentleman companion came down with influenza? Or what if the traffic was so bad that we missed it altogether? Luckily for us the 2 hour 45 minute drive from London whizzed by and we made it with time to spare!...
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Born to a Punjabi family in Derby, Sat Bains only went into catering ‘for the girls’, but has gone on to win two Michelin stars and put Nottingham firmly on the map. Despite being the underdog, he won the Roux Scholarship in 1999 – an opportunity that took him to Le Jardin Des Sens in France. Subsequently, he was appointed head chef at Nottingham’s Hotel des Clos, which re-launched as Restaurant Sat Bains in 2002.
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