The second instalment of my #HullFoodie series comes with a rather cheeky twist – or stick, depending on how brave you’re feeling…that’s my attempt at a gambling pun, because I dined out in style with some of my best blogger gals at Napoleons Hull!
I mean this literally as well as figuratively, as the menu package I ate from is called Dine in style – drink on arrival, 3 course meal, £5 gaming chip and a gaming tutorial (or a refresher, if you want it). It’s not my first time at the casino, or taking advantage of this package, so I already knew that the food would be great* though it has been a while since my last visit.
*just as a little aside – last time I ate here, I enjoyed my dessert so much that I commissioned a version to be made for my wedding breakfast. If THAT’S not a recommendation then I don’t know what is!
Starter – smoked haddock, leek and cheese croquette on a tomato and chive salad. Bursting with flavour and leaving plenty of room for the next course.Main – rump of lamb served with pan fried gnocchi, peas, garlic jus and a side of vegetables. I’m such a fan of gnocchi but was initially a bit sceptical about pairing it with lamb, but it actually worked pretty well. A really filling and warming choice that filled me up but didn’t leave me feeling overstuffed and wanting to crash out in a tired heap.Dessert – cheese board with celery, fruit chutney and biscuits. My guilty pleasure of desserts, one I usually only allow myself at Christmas! (I’m also a HUGE fan of sweet things, especially after seeing everybody else’s choices). The chutney was delicious and worked really well with the cheeses; I didn’t eat the Brie as I’m not a fan but there were enough crackers for the cheeses I did eat which were all great choices.if you’d like a peak at what everybody ordered, search #napoleonsbloggersnight on Twitter and Instagram. Be warned, you’ll be drooling…
Now, on to the gambling! I played a few games when I was in Vegas last year but had forgotten virtually everything because I haven’t played them since, so having the refresher tutorial was really useful. We had this before dessert to give us a bit of time to relax between courses which was a nice change of pace to how meals normally flow.
The staff talked us through Black Jack, Three Card Poker and Roulette and were really patient in answering our questions and going through parts again. Ash, our instructor, made the process really fun and got our competitive spirit going, so much so that we almost skipped dessert to get our game ‘oooon…I know, right!
We had hopes of winning big, particularly as one of our friends had visited the day before us and won big. Even more so as we had our lucky charm Ashton with us, who has won no less that FIVE holidays this year! Sadly her luck didn’t rub off on us at the tables and we lost it all on the Roulette wheel. We made it back on Black Jack…and then lost again. But we had a total giggle being part of the action! We all agreed that we are DEFINITELY coming back again soon, and for £22.95 for the dine in style package (£27.95 Friday & Saturday) it’s fantastic value for a night out.
Now I’ve got the casino bug back, I’m hoping a trip back with Mr Alice may help me to persuade him that going to Vegas again next year is a fabulous idea…