survey result

Summary

£190
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Just outstanding in every way.” It is testament to Sat Bains and wife Amanda’s hospitality that they have created one of the country’s best-rated gastronomic destinations in a former motel, on the outskirts of an industrial estate, amidst the flyovers on the edge of the city (near the banks of the Trent). “Once you find it, you will keep going back for more” on all the accounts we received this year, thanks to its “superb cuisine and a correspondingly varied wine list, full of surprises”. In 2022, they will be presenting a ten-course tasting menu at £195 per person or you can eat at the Chef’s Table and/or the Kitchen Bench at £225 each. There’s also a development kitchen – ‘Nucleus’ – although its future direction has not yet been announced.

Summary

£134
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Sat Bains’s “special” cuisine “doesn’t miss a beat” at his much-acclaimed foodie Xanadu, which remains one of the country’s foremost culinary destinations. “Much is made of the bizarre location” – a converted motel amidst flyovers, “on the fringe of an industrial estate at the edge of the city”“but once inside, you are cocooned in luxury” (including, if you stay, in the “quite reasonably priced bedrooms”). Both seven-course and ten-course tasting options are “hugely inventive and utterly brilliant with a superb matching wine flight”. The “chef’s table is an exceptional experience” and many regular diners also report “experiential touches like a tour of the busy kitchen after dinner with a signed menu”. “Top waiting staff too: friendly and knowledgeable, but more importantly, keen”.

Summary

£134
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Sat Bains’s “special” cuisine “doesn’t miss a beat” at his much-acclaimed foodie Xanadu, which remains one of the country’s foremost culinary destinations. “Much is made of the bizarre location” – a converted motel amidst flyovers, “on the fringe of an industrial estate at the edge of the city”“but once inside, you are cocooned in luxury” (including, if you stay, in the “quite reasonably priced bedrooms”). Both seven-course and ten-course tasting options are “hugely inventive and utterly brilliant with a superb matching wine flight”. The “chef’s table is an exceptional experience” and many regular diners also report “experiential touches like a tour of the busy kitchen after dinner with a signed menu”. “Top waiting staff too: friendly and knowledgeable, but more importantly, keen”.

Summary

£130
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Like escaping down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland into a new world, albeit a world more relaxed than Alice’s”: when you arrive at Sat Bains’s famous foodie Shangri-la, bizarrely situated on the fringes of an industrial estate next to the A52, “a concrete and pylon forest gives way to the most exquisite and wonderful place”. Once inside the humble looking building: “a magical experience kicks in”“staff are knowledgeable and approachable, and the food is out of this world”. There are seven-course and ten-course tasting menu options in the restaurant, and you can also book at a chef’s table (for up to eight diners) or at ‘Nucleus’ (his development kitchen) which can take up to six diners at night.

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Restaurant Sat Bains Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Restaurant Sat Bains Restaurant in NG7, Nottingham by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Restaurant Sat Bains restaurant.
Simon P
A great start to 2022. A new stunning menu ...
Reviewed 3 months, 24 days ago

"A great start to 2022. A new stunning menu and some updates to the restaurant but the service is still exceptional. So many new dishes in the new 10 course extravaganza. Well done to Sat, John and the team. "

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Tim J
This is a fine dining establishment perfect...
Reviewed 10 months, 13 days ago

"This is a fine dining establishment perfectly in its stride, everything at ease and superb in execution. Very interesting to compare with Alchemilla a few days apart, which exposes the strengths and weaknesses of each. Overall I felt there were one or two minor points at Sat Bains that felt a bit in need of a refresh - e.g. the amuse bouches. "

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John H
One of our favourite restaurant experiences...
Reviewed 11 months, 6 days ago

"One of our favourite restaurant experiences with superb food and service, and a lovely well equipped room for our overnight stay. The atmosphere was a little heavy due to the threat of Covid closure and indeed, they had to close three days later. Definitely one to return to."

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 120.00 Lunch only 7
Menu2 155.00 Dinner only 10
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Lenton Lane, Nottingham, NG7 2SA
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 5 pm‑7 pm
Thursday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 5 pm‑7 pm
Friday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 5 pm‑7 pm
Saturday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 5 pm‑7:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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