I love brunch and I love Ben’s Canteen’s brunch. Last time I went I had the Smashed Avocado on Toast with poached eggs and roasted vine tomatoes which was a light and yummy option. However, when I recently went for supper it was an evening of delights and disappointments.
I went for the Soft Shell Crab Burger served with Asian slaw and peanut mayo. I was looking forward to a deliciously meaty burger but was so disappointed as I couldn’t even taste any crab. On top of this I didn’t even get a hint of the peanut mayo. After raising the point about the very uncrabby crab burger to the waitress I was told it must just be because I got a small one. Great. The Crinkle Cut Chips unfortunately tasted like McCann oven chips – tasty but I expected more after paying £3.50. We also had a portion of the sweet potato wedges, most of which were perfect but a few rather large ones (too large, for me) had crept into the bowl. However, I did have a great cocktail which was a Special for the evening: The Big Apple.
Sarah had the Crunchy Chicken Burger – buttermilk spiced chicken with streaky bacon and slaw. It was a toss up between the crab burger and the chicken burger for me and I really wish I had gone for the chicken burger after hearing about how delicious it was from Sarah. She said the burger itself was really substantial and nice and juicy. The bacon was perfectly crispy too – MAJOR FOOD ENVY.
I would certainly head back to Ben’s Canteen because I know they do great food and I love their brunch. However, I would not order the crab burger again. Also, as we left the restaurant not one member of staff said goodbye or thank you despite us walking past them which felt a little off. The service overall was friendly and quick but just a few avoidable hiccups.
Based in Northampton’s town centre, Felix Yu is the place to go if you want authentic, delicious Cantonese food. The interior is a mix between your normal Chinese restaurant and an office space. It would benefit from a slight make-over but the food is the star of the show, and quite rightly.
I decided this was to be the restaurant to celebrate my 22nd birthday with my parents. After a few jokes (i.e me being deadly serious) about whether we should go for the most expensive fixed price menu which came with wok fried lobster we settled for the fixed price menu priced at £24.80 per person. For starters: Chef Selection Mixed Hors D’oeuvres, a wonderful selection of little nibbles (3 of each to avoid any arguments). We also ordered an extra portion of Crispy Crab Wontons. The wontons were delicious, the crab meat packed with flavour. As part of the Hors D’oeuvres we got: Chilli Salt French Bean, Garlic King Prawns with Kataifi Pastry, Barbecue Spare Ribs Peking Style, Satay Chicken Skewers and Samosas. My favourites from this selection had to be the prawns and the green beans but all of them were packed with flavour and I really enjoyed the range of textures. The samosa’s were delicious and filled with what tasted like a thai green curry sauce. This provided a perfect sized starter for three with a good selection of your favourite Cantonese goodies as well as a few new bits to try.
Next we had an intermediate course, Roasted Peking Duck. This was my least favourite course as I felt the duck was a little dry and the pancakes were too floury and doughy. That doesn’t mean I didn’t manage to eat a few as it was still tasty.
For mains, Special Fried Rice (served straight into our bowls by the waitress with more left on our lazy Susan), Wok Grilled Fillet Steak with Chilli, Garlic and Peppercorn Salt Nyonya Crisp Chicken Fillet and Stir Fried King Prawn with Sun Dried Chilli and Caramelised Cashew Nuts. They came steaming hot with healthy sized pieces of meat and prawns. The beef was so tender, it fell apart in the mouth. Each was a taste sensation with each dish so different from the previous that I had to keep going back for more.
We left full to the brim feeling satisfied with the great selection of food we had eaten. Service was a little slow and they seemed a bit stretched for waiting staff but they were friendly and apologetic. I will definitely be heading back here for my next Chinese fix with I am in Northampton. It is worth a visit, make sure you book!