Readers, told you it was a busy week of eating out last week! Second instalment of things I got up to.
The lovely Mark and Emma from Foodie Explorers got in touch with an invite to the VIP dinner at Dragon-i – celebrating the original owner Raymond’s return to the venue after a period of a number of years away. The place is clearly incredibly special to him – heck, he even married his wife there.
As I discovered, Dragon I has a great name amongst locals. I’d no idea how many people knew about it. It was my first time visiting – it’s right at the top of Hope Street, straight across from the Theatre Royal, for anyone looking to find it!
The menu is Asian fusion – and for those of you with a keen interest in eating well, there’s dishes featuring macros (high protein for the non-fit amongst us) and even KALE features on a menu that specialises in Asian fusion.
The night kicked off with prosecco and chat, as Raymond introduced us to the concept of Dragon-i, his experience of falling out of love with the restaurant and then a longing to return to it. It’s a family affair – his brother is behind the scenes creating some amazing dishes, whilst Raymond heads up front of house. He’s passionate about creating an experience for diners, whilst living in the current age of today’s Instagrammers who want good looking food to shoot before they dig in!
I love some of the concepts – there’s retro for those who used to order numbers 5, 20 and 28 plus a prawn crackers on their Chinese menu, the healthy stuff and some great fusion dishes. I started my meal with battered prawns topped with strawberry and a champagne syrup. Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it folks. IT WORKS.
Next up, I went for duck with a plum sauce, green veg and pineapple. I swapped out the garlic infused rice for noodles. I love noodles. Staple comfort food and a good chance I was Asian in a previous life…
I always do this thing of saying I’ll refuse dessert. Then it never happens. Not when there was a crispy pancake on offer filled with various berries. It arrived resembling a giant spring roll and was so delicious. Unlike me, I only made it halfway through dessert, after overindulging on the two previous courses alongside several glasses of wine…
Dragon-i was a great dining experience – it’s a perfect setting for dinner with friends or as a couple. Find out more by visiting their social media pages on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Disclaimer: I was invited to Dragon-i for an exclusive dining events. Any opinions expressed are my own.