2 July 2016

Restaurant Review: Barts Grill, Reading, Berkshire

Barts Grill Reading review, food bloggers, UK food blog

Back in February, we celebrated one of my best friends birthdays the only way it was acceptable - with a huge, juicy steak. Barts Grill in Reading has a great word of mouth reputation as having incredible steaks - so we decided to go ahead and test it out.

Barts Grill is quite central in Reading, but it's not within the main shopping area so you do have to do a little bit of navigation to get there. When we arrived, the staff were very friendly and accommodating - which sets the scene for the evening. Atmosphere is intimate and cosy, without feeling too cramped - even though it got pretty busy towards the end of the evening.

Barts Grill Reading review, food bloggers, UK food blog
Barts Grill Reading review, food bloggers, UK food blog

For starters we ordered a mozzarella and tomato stack, and the grilled calamari - which were both extremely enjoyable. The stack was pretty big - with a juicy buffalo tomato and mozzarella drizzled in olive oil, balsamic glaze and pesto.
The grilled calamari were delicious and soft, served with chilli, salt and and a garlic dip. Sometimes calamari is so disappointing when it's all chewy and crispy - but this plate was full of heavenly delicate goodness.... YUM.

Barts Grill Reading review, food bloggers, UK food blog

When it came to mains, the decision was unanimous - steak! We all had the fillet steak which comes with three sides that range from fries to rice, cauliflower to rocket salad and a selection of sauces. A knob of melting garlic butter is on top of the steak when it arrives, and it oozes down melting on the meat just before you cut your first slice.
The steaks were cooked to perfection - I can not tolerate a well done steak, and will only ever have medium if I'm in doubt of the quality of the meat; other than that it's always rare - and in very good places, it's blue. This was rare on the blue side and it was perfect - exactly how I wanted it done. There is nothing more disappointing than a rare steak that is actually in reality medium to well done.

Barts Grill Reading review, food bloggers, UK food blog
Barts Grill Reading review, food bloggers, UK food blog

When the deserts came out, they were really delicious but I think it was honestly a case of our eyes were way too big for our stomachs. The waiters have even clocked on to the fact that it was Mickey's birthday and brought her dessert out with a massive sparkler! It was so lovely of them - and their attitudes definitely added to the atmosphere. Deserts range from a trio of ice creams, to sticky toffee pudding and NY style cheesecake.

What I didn't mention is that Barts Grill actually have a steak challenge - a 20oz rump steak served with two starchy sides, two vegetable sides and a sauce. If you win the challenge, you get a winners t-shirt and a free drink! However tempting, we just couldn't do it on a three meal course - but I am willing to go back and take on the meat!
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1 July 2016

Rare Marula Oil Treatment from Paul Mitchell

Marula oil hair review, beauty bloggers, UK beauty blog
Rare Marula Oil Treatment* - Normal & Light

In a previous post, I have introduced you to Marula Oil - an ancient moisturising oil which has been used by women in South Africa and Mozambique for ages. The oil is extracted from nuts of the Marula tree and has been traditionally used in cosmetics by being cold pressed to preserve its exceptional quality and nutrients.

Paul Mitchell Rare Oil hair care contains the purest oil of high quality, with 50% more protective antioxidants than Argan oil (according to Paul Mitchells website). The high concentration of nutrients and oleic acids help hydrate, repair and moisturise hair at the deepest levels - which sounds incredible for damaged or dry hair.

Marula oil hair review, beauty bloggers, UK beauty blog

I have previously reviewed the Rare Marula Shampoo & Conditioner, but there is more to the range - in this post I want to carry on the conversation with Rare Marula Oil Treatment from Paul Mitchell. There are two version of the oil: the original and the light treatment oil. Both of the oils contain cold pressed marula oil which is packed with powerful antioxidants and replenishing oleic acids - these ingredients help achieve instant hydration, frizz taming and softness of the hair. The light oil contains a featherweight version of the Marula ingredient, which has been formulated especially for fine hair. It is a non-greasy, multitasking oil treatment that helps hair, and skin, with moisture. 

I didn't realise this, but you can actually apply the oil as a pre-shampooing treatment to really give your hair that nourishment kick - or use as typical and apply to clean, damp hair before blow drying. I have found that unless I blow dry my hair, it does tent to go a little flat and limp after the oil treatment - but when heat is applied it makes my hair smooth and silky. 

Unlike the shampoo & conditioner which were a little too much for my hair, I really enjoy using the Rare Marula Oils as an occasional treat when my hair really needs some TLC!
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