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Member Name: missbrowneyedgirl
Date: 15/04/01, updated on 15/04/01 (402 review reads)
Advantages: No need to book, great food, great service, excellent menu
Disadvantages: None so to speak
Last night a restaurant saved my life. OK I exaggerate, but they did get me out of a lot of bother. Let me elaborate...
A friend of mine has been in Australia for the past nine months and returned to his hometown for Easter. Luckily for him our 'group' were all visiting our parents for Easter. Unluckily this left us with the prospect of a night out in Hull, (no offense Hull!) until I had a brilliant idea. Why don't we all go out for a meal? That will give us chance to all chat and catch up!
What I omitted to do was follow up on the idea so at 8pm on Easter Saturday night 10 very hungry people congregated with nowhere to go! I frantically started ringing round our usual haunts such as Medici’s (Ferriby) and Dominic’s (Anlaby) but they just laughed at us trying to book a table for 10 at such short notice.
Then, just as McDonalds was looking like a very attractive option, someone suggested that I tried Ask. I didn't much fancy my chances what with its city centre marina location but I called them anyway. The girl on the other end of the phone informed me that they didn't take bookings after 8:30 but if we wanted to go down there they would see if they could seat us. I explained to her that there were 10 of us and it was quite a way to go, needing three taxis if there was a chance they wouldn't be able to find us a table. She nicely had a word with the manager who agreed to set aside a table for us! Result!
The Hull branch of Ask (Princes Dock Street, opposite the Waterfront) is relatively new and very nicely decorated. The tasteful decor and classy atmosphere create a feeling of restaurant eating rather than that of a 'Pizza Hut fast food' type place. The restaurant comprises of one large room with a bar and an open view kitchen, which is mainly no smoking. Smoking is permitted at the bar.
The menu is mainly pasta and pizza, although I did notice there was a 'specials board
217;, which included pepper steak. Also the dishes themselves are very varied and you are guaranteed to be spoilt for choice. The meals are very reasonable with a starter costing around £3 and main courses averaging at around £6 for a generous portion. Our total bill including drinks (of which there were plenty my head tells me today!) came to less than £17 per head!
I really must recommend the Ciabatta stuffed with Goat’s Cheese for a starter, as it really has to be tried to be believed. Foolishly I told everyone at the table that so I ended up with very little myself...;)
The service was thoroughly excellent and perfectly timed so as you didn't feel rushed or as though you were waiting too long. The only criticism I would have was that the staff served all of our meals and let us all start before offering fresh Parmesan and ground pepper. A small niggle I know, but a little annoying.
The house wines were slightly expensive at around £10 per bottle yet the wine was of a good quality, particularly the dry white.
As a nice touch the restaurant ordered taxis for us which arrived within 10 minutes of the call and whisked us away to the West Hull Villages to continue our evening. Overall I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant. Lifesavers and damn fine food with it!