“ Brand: Ugo's / Type: Snacks „
This is a new-ish range of Microwave snacks that came out about a year and a half ago. They are really nice, but at the £2.29 price tag at Tesco, it's not something we buy that often. When they launched there was a few offers on such as Buy One Get One Free, or 2 for £3, which we stocked up on. The use by date is quite good on these, so we could afford to have them lying in the fridge for a few weeks before eating them.
They come in a simple plastic pouch which seems quite thick. They sort of look expensive from the outset.
This consists of a typical Panini with the filling inside.
This one has 4 Cheese and Sweet Red Onion Chutney. I wouldn't buy this one again as I wasn't keen on the filling of this, whereas the other ones in the range are lovely.
The Cheese is really thick in here and with the 4 different kinds of Cheese here. I would say that 2 kinds of Cheese would have been plenty. Although the Cheese melts ok, it still ends up a thick blob. I didn't like the Chutney either, and although I found it tangy and a sweet taste, it was just a bit lumpy and overpowering. I ended up scraping some of it off, which was a shame as it broke down the strong Cheese flavouring.
I would advise to try the others in the range, but this one was not for me or the wife. We both hated it.
I like Panini's and think this chilled Four Cheese & Sweet Red Onion Chutney one from Ugo's is wicked for quickness and flavour.
The panini bread itself isn't the best and is a bit tougher than I would normally have, this must be because to cook it you need to nuke the panini for a couple of minutes and the filling is so nice that you can forgive a slightly chewy bread.
There are 4 cheeses and they are mixed very well and have melted together good. The flavour of the cheese is stronger than I thought it would be but I've had these kinds of snacks before and the cheese usually tastes artificial, the cheese used on this panini tastes fresh and natural though.
The red onion chutney is yummy, it's sweet with a nice tangy caramel flavour. The chutney goes mega well with the cheese and it tastes much more exciting than boring cheese and onion! lol The chutney tastes very fresh and has got a yummy texture that makes the dry panini easier to eat.
It's not fine dining but as a snack I don't see what's wrong with this panini, those of you who will only settle for an freshly made deli panini will probably turn your noses up but there's nothing wrong with it. I thought it was a filling and tasty snack and well worth the £1.00 I paid for it on special offer.
When browsing the reduced section of my local Sainsbury's my eye was caught by this 'Ugo four cheese and sweet red onion chutney panini' reduced from £2.29 down to just 58p. I've wanted to try these for ages now so promptly picked it up.
This panini comes in a plastic bag with all the usual nutritional information, ingredients, contact details etc. The packet also tells me that this is suitable for vegetarians but not for anyone with allergies of soya, sesame seeds, gluten, milk or mustard as it may contain any of these. I wondered why it could or would contact sesame seeds and I did actually taste some which appears to be in the chutney.
Once the plastic bag is opened there is the panini wrapped in a corrugated cardboard style sleeve. To heat up the panini it should be cooked for a couple of minutes and turned over halfway. The panini will go crispy and delicious when warmed up and it looks pretty much like any standard panini I would eat when out for lunch. This can also be heated up on a George Foreman but I didn't try this.
The panini itself is made up of 50% bread, 38% four cheese blend and 12% sweet red onion chutney. This means that you get a long rectangle shaped panini with cheese in it that is not quite thin or flat enough to cover all of the bread. There is an average serving of chutney, not enough either really, and this appears to be mainly onion and hardly any 'sauce'. This was also smeared all around the outside of the panini. The bread was quite chewy and a little too hard on the corners, although this could have been because it was running out of date so not its freshes. The cheese had a fairly nice taste to it but the main cheese I could taste was mozzarella even though this also contains cheddar, emmental and soft cheese. The red onion chutney did have a sweet taste to it but there was definitely not enough sauce for my liking. Overall I would say that this is a pretty average panini and it didn't rate very highly with me.
There is around 420 calories and 20.5g of fat per panini so this is not something that I would want to have on a regular basis as my lunch.
I would purchase one of these again if they were at this bargain price but there is no way that I would pay £2.29 for this particular one. The whole thing was a little bland and just nothing special. For this reason I am rating it 3/5.
I saw that a few people had been reviewing the Ugo's Deli Cafe range over the last few weeks, so thought I'd jump on the band wagon.
I have been a fan of these microwavable meals for a while now and thought I should add my two cent into the dicussions on them.
So to begin with the Cheese and Chutney Panini. What makes it so great? The cheese is a good mixture of different cheeses, that blend very well together. The bread tastes fresh and is cooked well (helped by the fancy pouch it comes in), and the chutney is just enought to compliment the cheese rather than over power it.
I have to admit as a growing man I tend to have two of this together or a bag of crisps with it, but my girlfriend is more than happy having one and she feels full. I have also often had one as a mid afternoon or morning snack - which I find they work well for.
The Panini is very easy to cook (this one being the easiest to cook without the sachet hiding inside). 2 mins in the Microwave and it is ready to be eaten - Piping hot and smelling delicious!
These are a firm favourite in our house and we always get a couple when we do our weekly shop.
The cheese is yummy and tastes very nice, strong enough to give a good taste against the sweet chutney but not too strong (I don't like a very mature tasting cheese).
The chutney is very sweet but there is just enough, I think any more and it would have been too much.
The bread stays soft and has that just baked taste and smell - Yum Yum!
Another Ugo review and I didn't enjoy this one like I did the Chicken one. I would not buy it again.
Ugo's come in 3 different kinds, and I found these at the ready snack Microwave burgers section in Tesco. This was on a buy 1 get 1 free offer, but you couldn't mix and match with the other flavours, so I ended up with 2 of them. The price was £2.29, which I think is pricy for an individual snack like this, but alright if you are getting 2 of them!
Packaging is alright on these. Not big, bulky and full of cardboard. These are in a thick plastic bag that is sort of cloudy plastic and you can see the product through the bag. There is a black strip that covers about half the bag at the bottom and it has a picture of the Panini and the cheese and chutney there as well. It states that it is a Deli Cafe snack, not sure why, but it looks fancier than a micro burger.
The Panini is an ok size and I normally cut these in half across the middle to eat. As the title suggests this has 4 cheese and Sweet red onion chutney in it.
To microwave in a 850watt micro you place the Panini in it's inside sleeve into the micro. Heat on full power for 80 seconds, then turn it over to the other side and heat again for 80 seconds. This is to allow it to crisp up as that is what the sleeve is meant to do. Clear cooking instructions on the pack for other micro wattages as well.
You will get 2 people's opinion of this product, as I gave my gran the free one. She liked it and found it nice and cheesy and the chutney was sweet and tangy. I didn't find this appetising.Although the cheese melted, it didn't seem to melt much and I found it tasted like I was biting into a thick slab of plastic processed cheese. There seemed too much chutney on here and I found it seeped out the side. It tasted really sweet and only a tiny bit oniony. Perhaps this is because I don't like Chutney that much, But I ended up taking the slab of cheese off, wiping the inside of the roll with a bit kitchen roll and continuing to eat the plain Panini. My gran said she would buy it again, but not at the full normal price.
A good range of snacks, but I didn't like this one, and the price should be a bit lower!
My final of the three Ugo Deli Panini's. Well folks, I have now had all three of my Ugo's Deli Panini's - the final one being the Four Cheese and Onion Chutney. (Please see my previous reviews for the Chargrilled Chicken Panini and Bacon and cheese Panini).
As with the others the Four Cheese Panini is just over £2 and very quick and easy to heat up in the Microwave.
The packaging is sophisticated looking. The different packages have different colours - All the packaging is black but the colour strips across the middle vary depending on which Panini you have - the Four Cheese Panini has a red strip.
As with the others, the four cheese Panini is simple and easy to warm up in the Microwave. However, this one is made even simpler as there is no sachet of sauce to remember to remove. Just over 2 minutes in the Microwave and you are ready to go.
The Cheese is a blend of Mozzarella, Soft Cheese, Mature Cheddar and Emmental, which gives it a really nice stringy, yet not plastic taste. It is very tasty and you get a good sized portion within the Panini.
The red onion chutney is quite sweet, but compliments the cheese well, both tastes work very well together.
My conclusion after trying all three of the deli Style Panini's on offer from Ugo is that the Chicken one is my favourite, but the others are still very good.
These Panini's would not be out of place in a Café Nero or Starbucks as a lunch time meal. They are very tasty and I will definitely be having them again.
This Panini is also Vegetarian friendly.