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The Wonky Table (Derby)
Member Name: catsholiday
The Wonky Table (Derby)
Advantages: Good food and service
Disadvantages: None for us
32-33 Sadler Gate, Derby. DE1 3NR
I found this restaurant while looking for things to do in Derby with my sister in law and brother in law when they cam over for the day a month or so ago. I have to admit that initially the name attracted me and secondly the restaurant was pretty close to the Cathedral where we were visiting on that day and finally the good reviews on tripadvisor clinched the deal . This place can be found near the Cathedral in the historic Cathedral Quarter on Sadler Gate .
This is a small family run restaurant that is sort of a bistro cafe type of eating place. In warm weather you can sit outside on their sun terrace at the back but at the time we visited it was pretty darn cold and sitting outside held no attraction at all.
The restaurant has two floors, we sat at a table on the ground floor which is pleasant and cosy with a bit of a quirky edge to it. On the second they have a more spacious area suitable for which is available for private hire.
Monday 5pm - 10pm
Tuesday - Saturday 11am -3pm then 5pm - 10pm
Sundays - Closed
We arrived about twenty minutes before my booking but it wasn't busy and they welcomed us in and showed us to the table. Fortunately the table was not like its name and was solid on the floor. One edge of the table was against the wall so we sat two opposite two at the table.
The atmosphere was very bistro , hard floors and some brick wall with paintings on the wall which were quite quirky. It had a nice welcoming warm feel to the place.
The waiter was lovely, very friendly and helpful. He asked if we would like any drinks initially and then brought us menus. We chose our drinks and he went off to fetch them. When he returned with the drinks I had a couple of questions about the dishes which he was able to answer. He also said I could choose dishes from both the lunch special menu and the a la carte and mix and match which was nice of him.
We were happy to sit for the ten minutes or so for the starters to arrive . I chose a lovely olive and pita bread and starter that was so huge that I had to share it with the others as well and this was £2.95. The two men had a the home made duck liver pate with chutney and crusty ciabatta, my sister in law had the soup of the day which was carrot and coriander that she said was very tasty. Both men seemed to enjoy their pate as there was nothing left and they made appreciative noises while eating it.
The main course came within a five minute or so time between course, certainly they seemed to come quite quickly Although there was an extensive menu with lots of different dishes we all strangely chose the chicken curry which was absolutely delicious and not the dish that I would have thought my in laws would go for at all. We all really enjoyed the curry which had so much breast meat that was tender and still juicy and the curry sauce hot and tasty.
The main meals were all pretty reasonable. The set menu offered two courses for £10.95 or three for£13.95. We could not manage the third course as the portions were so generous. The snacks on the lunch menu were around £5 and the mains about £6 to £7 and all seemed pretty good value and there was a good variety.
Even though we had chosen some dishes from the main menu and others from the set menu he gave us the set menu deal price which was very nice of him.
The waiter was attentive and friendly without being too evident and in our space which I hate. Anytime we wanted him we only had to look over towards him and he was with us.
LOCALLY SOURCED INGREDIENTS
I like the fact that this place uses locally sourced ingredients and product whenever possible. They actually take the time and trouble to mention these on their website which I felt was a nice touch and very interesting to see where the different things came from.
These include: Owen Taylor and Sons of Alfreton for the meats,
Zest Produce of Little Eaton for the market fresh fruit and veg,
Bluebells Dairy of Spondon for ice cream,
Derventio Brewery (Darley abbey) and Derby Brewery (Alvaston) for the bottled Ales
Peter at Modern French wine for the wines
Lee and Fletcher in Nottingham for the coffee beans
There was only the one toilet for both sexes but it was clean and had very interesting wall paper which was fun to read. The toilet was on the ground floor so would be accessible for anyone with mobility issues.
Yes indeed. This will be a restaurant we will be visiting again when in Derby as they offer good service, a nice atmosphere and decent reasonably priced food from snacks and sandwiches to full meals .
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Summary: A great little restaurant in Derby