Are you looking for some awesome Asian food in Beeston or Nottingham city centre? Well you are looking in the right place! These are 6 Asian food places that you should be checking out – as recommended by Asian students themselves!
All of these recommendations are my own opinions; I have not been paid or told to say anything below and they are not ordered. If a place hasn’t been included on here, it just means that I have not yet been there to try it myself since I can’t form an opinion on something I’ve not tried before. I also haven’t included any place that I haven’t tried within the last year as I want my opinions to be informed by recent visits – a year is plenty of time for things to change!
Address: 7 Heathcoat St, Nottingham, NG1 3AF
Price: £ – ££
U Canteen is probably the restaurant that I have visited the most during my time at uni in Nottingham and so it must be the first recommendation I give! It’s amazing value with fantastic and authentic Chinese food and the service has always been exquisite every time I have gone! It’s hidden away down the streets of Hockley but it’s worth trekking down there! There’s nothing pretentious about U Canteen; the focus is all about the food – as it should be! I feel that U Canteen is quite homely and like going back home, especially when I communicate with the staff in Cantonese instead of English on the very rare occasion. The restaurant is quite small with a capacity of about 20, which means coming here with large numbers could be difficult at peak times.
Address: 78 High Rd, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2LF
Price: £ – ££
Please don’t be put off by the fact you have to walk down an alleyway to get to the restaurant because that alleyway is the pathway to absolute deliciousness! Nosh is a little gem, hidden away in Beeston, producing authentic Chinese food for some unbeatable prices! I’ve only been to Nosh twice, simply because it’s pretty far away from where I live, but both times it has been outstanding value for money – the bowls of noodle soup were huge and the roast duck was some of the best I’ve ever had! Like U Canteen, it has a relatively small capacity so I think smaller tables are best suited for Nosh. Nosh isn’t trying to be fancy or striving for Instagram perfection either; it’s good quality food for very affordable prices!
Address: 278 – 280 Huntingdon St, Nottingham, NG1 3NA
Price: ££ – £££
Got yourself a craving for tteokbokki, kimbap or even budae jjigae? Then Sarangchae is the place to come! The restaurant looks unassuming and feels casual and homely and the extensive menu contains a huge range of authentic Korean food. A steaming pot of Korean soup or stew is the perfect thing for winter months and you need some heart-warming comfort food. Sarangchae is one of the slightly pricier recommendations on this list all things considering but the service and quality of food has been top notch any time I have gone so it’s worth checking out; bear in mind that Sarangchae does offer 10% off for students who pay with cash though!
Address: 21 King St, Nottingham, NG1 2AY
Of the increasingly many bubble tea shops that are taking over Nottingham, I think T4 is my favourite and most visited. Tucked away on King Street, T4 is one of three new bubble tea shops that have opened in 2019 at the time of writing and T4 fast became my go-to with its central location, friendly staff and value for money. My personal favourite is the Winter Melon Tea (0 ice, 30% sugar) but I’m also a huge fan of their Taro Milk Tea too. Make sure to pick up one of the loyalty cards: 10 stamps give you a free drink, any size and flavour with any topping of your choice! There are so many flavours on the menu I’ve not tried and neither have I tried any of the snack foods that they offer and cook fresh to order either!
Mandarin Restaurant (dim sum)
Address: 42 Belward St, Nottingham, NG1 1JZ
Price: ££ – £££
Dim sum are the small bite-sized portions of food usually served in steamer baskets and translates as ‘to touch the heart’ and the food and service at Mandarin touches my heart! Only a handful of restaurants in Nottingham serve dim sum and Mandarin reigns supreme for me. The quality of food is high, the staff are super welcoming and friendly and an average dim sum session at Mandarin will cost around £10 (give or take, depending on your appetite and what you order). My personal favourites from here are the egg tarts (if they aren’t sold out already) and the Thai chicken feet! I highly recommend coming with a big group of people to make it more affordable for everyone and create some atmosphere, reminiscent of Hong Kong dim sum establishments; just remember to book in advance if you’ve got large groups!
Address: 6A Chapel Bar, Nottingham, NG1 6JS
Price: ££ – £££
The words ‘sushi’ and ‘buffet’ rarely go together but at Sushimania, they create a perfect pairing: £17.80 per person (not including a 10% service charge) for an unlimited all-you-can-eat sushi experience. But if you can’t eat your way through £19 worth of sushi, then take advantage of the 50% off a-la-carte menu from 12pm to 3pm and after 10pm. This means that you can get a decent sized bowl of noodle soup with a plate of sushi on the side for around £7 – pretty good value in my opinion. They hit the nail on the head here – good quality sushi and other Japanese dishes all at decent prices. You can check my review of my first visit to Sushimania right when it opened by clicking here.
I’m sure that you have noticed that quality food is a recurring theme of all my recommendations. Instagrammable food might be all well and good for building hype and reaching more people but if it doesn’t live up to the hype, then you’re going to crash and burn. It’s good quality food for affordable prices that stand the test of time, especially in the student-dense area of Nottingham, and are the ones that make it into my recommendations!
Of these 6 recommendations in this post, well I think that U Canteen wins out for me. It’s the restaurant that I have visited the most during my time in Nottingham and that has a lot to do with the fact that it was the first restaurant that made me feel I was back at home (and not forgetting the amazing food). You can read more in very extensive detail about what it meant to me by clicking here!
I am looking forward to trying more Asian food places soon and I already plan to update this with a 2020 edition in the new year! Do you have any suggestions for places that I have to try out – I already have many places I have not tried in mind. Now all I need to do is find the time and the money!
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