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Lunya top of the tapas, meat sweats and more

Food and drink round up: Fazenda v Viva Brazil, plus gluten free pizza and hot Lebanese action

Published on October 25th 2013.


Lunya top of the tapas, meat sweats and more
 

YOU can't argue that Lunya  is Liverpool's favourite Catalan restaurant and deli.

Well OK, yes, it's the only one. But now Peter Kinsella's College Lane place has won two big acccolades this month. Craft beer Alhambra have put it in their top five UK tapas restaurants and Open Table have gone one further, saying it's simply the best.

The other restaurants who made up the beery top five were in the glamorous locations of Swindon, Hull and Penrith with a gaff in Edinburgh winning outright.

Nevertheless, Alhambra spokesman Sam Houston said: “Lunya came in the top five and it is clear that they produce excellent food and have a loyal local following.”

All Things PigAll Things PigIf tapas isn't your thing, however, Lunya's gourmet nights allow the kitchen to show off without a patatas bravas in sight. 

Confidential ended up at “All Things Pig” earlier this month which saw five Catalunyan wines matched with five imaginative porky courses. It's all very entertaining and edifying - and the food is generally peerless.

The next of these carefully thought out experiences is Islands of Spain on November 28 The menu celebrating the gastronomy of the Balearics and Canaries. So like your summer holiday, but in winter – and cheaper.

£54 with all food and wine thrown in. Book it here.

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Liverpool Samba Band: on a (drum) roll

Banging the drum
THE city's gezzie has given itself an attack of the meat sweats two times in as many weeks with the launch of Fazenda Rodizio Bar and Grill and, last night the third birthday of Viva Brazil.

FazendaFazendaLeeds-based Fazenda opened with a huge champagne hoolie. The new restaurant, located in Exchange Flags, is giving a Brazillian to those working and playing out in the traditional commercial district of the city. 

There are now three rodizio restaurants in the city, Bem Brasil being the other one. But it seems where flesh is concerned our appetite is insatiable - until the point comes when we wave that red coaster that says “My mouth is full.”

Of course the main winner in all this is the Liverpool Samba Band who get all these gigs - and the Hollyoaks cast.

1-Img_1798Viva Brazil

Andy Aldrich, owner of the Viva Brazil restaurant chain said: “It was an amazing night and the perfect way for us to celebrate the restaurant’s third birthday. I was delighted to see such a great turn out as the restaurant’s friends gathered to make it an unforgettable evening.

 Meanwhile, Fazenda's Argentinian owner, Robert Melman, who also has a restaurant of the same name in Leeds, is confident the new place will be a big hit. He said: “We’ve already been given a fantastic welcome to the city and it was great to see so many people come to celebrate our opening.” 

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Gluten night and thank you
Coeliac UK’s Liverpool volunteer support group are hosting a night of gluten-free pizza and music this Saturday October 26.

 Eat Less Bread! is taking place at Maguire’s Pizza Bar (Renshaw Street). There will be plenty of volunteers on hand to dispense advice, answer queries and offer literature to those affected by coeliac disease.

Gluten Free PizzaEntry is free and the night’s music will be provided by Alpha Male Tea Party, whose new EP ‘Real Ale and Model Rail: A Lonely Man’s Guide To Not Committing Suicide’ has received rave reviews across the board.

For those not in the know, coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease triggered by gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye.

Maguire's Pizza Bar will be providing a limited amount of free samples of their new gluten-free pizza range for those in attendance.

There will be advice, support and literature offered to those newly diagnosed, long-term sufferers and the curious.

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Hot Lebanese action
Speaking of the curious...fancy a bit of strange? That's not something a motorist will hear on Hope Street in this day and age. 

Lebanon Wine
However you must leave the car at home for this: 60 Hope Street Bistro is now taking bookings for a wine night where you can bin the Bordeaux. This is full of Middle Eastern promise.

"Join the lovely Dominic from C&O Wines in the 60 Bistro for a night full of fun, food and of course education," they say. 

We will be looking at and sampling wines from  Moldova, Turkey and the Lebanon all served with a selection of tapas and street food. 

The date, Thursday Nov 14, 7pm. £30 per person.

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousOctober 25th 2013.

That's a nice pair

Ding DongOctober 25th 2013.

In common with most people, one is bigger than the other

Sid JamesOctober 25th 2013.

Not many of them to the pound ARF ARF ARF!

Top SetOctober 25th 2013.

You wouldn't get two of them in a bucket!

Dave MurphyOctober 26th 2013.

I was just about to book the Lunya Spanish Islands night only to find they will charge you £5 extra to pay on the night instead of up front Well you know what? Shove it!

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AnonymousOctober 26th 2013.

That's pretty standard, you know

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