I adore food like I really love it. When I go anywhere new the first thing I do is find out where is good to eat, I can’t help myself, I’m a foodie. But I often forget to try new places in my own city and tend to always go to the same places which can get quite boring. Over the past year or so I have been trying to visit new places and try new food instead of my usual eateries all the time.
Meet and Treat is one of those places that is quite hidden away and easy to not know that its there. Its somewhere I’ve been to more and more over the past 6 months – I even went to a calligraphy class there hosted by The Crafthood, but I’ll save that for another day. So I jumped at the chance when I was asked if I’d like to go along and review the place as there’s nothing I enjoy more of eating food and taking photos of it.
If you’ve not been to Meet and Treat yet, why not? As you walk in you’ll instantly feel at home. With a cosy sofa situated at the front with a great view across the grass at the end of Stowell Street. Filled with plants industrial lighting and board games to keep you entertained it feels like you’re eating at your friend’s place. The staff are really attentive and always make you feel welcomed and comfortable and I could quite happily spend an entire afternoon there.
On this occasion, I headed along to Meet and Treat with my mum as we both had the day off work. so we were spending the day together. Since I moved into the flat last year I don’t get to spend as much time with my Mum as I’d like – we are really close and always have a laugh when we are together. So it was lovely to spend the day together eating lunch and doing some shopping.
If you didn’t know already I am a huge fan of Asian cuisine, even more so after having a Taiwanese housemate during my time at University who introduced me to some amazing new foods. So the menu here is my idea of heaven, with noodle dishes, curries, sandwiches and even eggs benedict you’re bound to find something you like.
We decided to pick two of the small plate dishes as a started and share them between us, choosing the veggie dumplings which are one of my all-time favourite Asian nibbles and I could quite happily have as a main meal. We also opted for the Takoyaki which is a new addition to the menu. I admit I did have to google these as I wasn’t 100% sure what they were – all I knew was whatever I was eating was tasty stuff. But its basically a dough ball filled with octopus amongst other things and served with takoyaki sauce, Japanese mayo, seaweed and dried bonito flakes. All of which taste amazing together and I can’t recommend enough.
For my main, I decided to opt for something different and go for the spicy Szechuan sauce with minced pork and tofu which is served with rice and a side salad. I was a little concerned I wouldn’t be able to handle the spice in this as what somebody classes as spicy can differ massively. But I was in luck and there was a nice amount of heat I could handle. The sauce was really flavourful with a nice subtle kick that warmed my mouth up without feeling like I was going to die. I really struggled to finish this dish as the combination of pork mince, tofu and the rice was really filling and I almost had to undo my jeans.
My mum opted for the Taiwanese braised pork, which I’ve also had before and thoroughly recommend. The pork is really flavourful cooked in lots of amazing Asian spices creating a lovely sticky sauce – this is again served with rice and a side salad and it super filling. I think the pork used in this dish is belly pork, which my mum did find a little on the fatty side, so that’s something to take note of if you’re not a huge fan of pork like that – although it’s easy to cut them off as the pork is super succulent and just falls apart on your fork. This has never bothered me when I’ve eaten it so its all about personal preference.
If you’re not massively hungry and are just after a sweet treat and a cuppa Meet and Treat is still somewhere to call in for a visit. With a huge selection of Teapig teas, smoothies and milkshakes, plus my personal favourite of green tea latte, you’ve loads to choose from. There are also lots of cakes and sweet treats to choose from as well as waffles which are my next on my list to try.
You can find Meet and Treat at the bottom of china town on Bath Lane and are open Monday – Saturday 11am-9pm. I cannot recommend this place enough – you’ll love it!