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Cafe Roya

After initially setting out her stall at the Flying Goose in Beeston, Roya Bishop was so encouraged by the response to her fresh and flavoursome vegetarian food that she opened this busy evening restaurant on Wollaton Road.

The décor is mix and match but cosy and stylish, much like the food. Roya, half Iranian, is passionate about her food and knows how to run a classy operation – she has Restaurant Sat Bains on her CV. She takes her influences from all over the Middle East, the Mediterranean and far beyond. So on her monthly-changing menu you might find delicate meze such as the smoky aubergine dip – baba ghanoush, punchier dishes like patatas bravas soup, along with Ethiopian stews, Peruvian specialities such as papa rellena and familiar Indian dishes such as saag paneer, but here served with a “savoury fruit salad” of apple, papaya, cucumber, carrot and orange

Desserts highlight the fusion approach too – on offer recently was a rosewater and pistachio Eton mess with apricots poached in honey and cardamom

It’s a joy for those who avoid meat to find such a varied choice, but Roya estimates only 20 per cent of her regulars are vegetarian. When the food is good enough, it just ceases to be an issue. Certainly Great Food Club’s secret diner, a committed carnivore, declared it a big hit.

Diners also come back for the thoughtful wine and beer list – full of organic and bee-friendly choices. Well-chosen German rieslings are proving especially popular.

Useful info
130 Wollaton Rd, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2PE
0115 9221902

Customer reviews for Cafe Roya

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  1. SR says:
    Very goodGreat vegetarian restaurant
  2. Ideas Nottingham Ltd says:
    WonderfulThis little restaurant is just down the road from where we live. It being a vegetarian restaurant, we had not even considered going! Our friends were going and invited us along. My husband made all the usual jokes; should I eat a steak before or after going? Do you think they will have chicken! Or even a bit of fish?! Are you sure they only cook vegetables? Absolutely nothing else? Oh my word, we could not have been more wrong. I am a huge cook and passionate about food. So tend to be rather 'picky' about restaurants. On arriving the staff were relaxed and obviously loved working there, they were lovely. We went upstairs, sat down and started looking at the menu. I can honestly say I struggled, really struggled. Not because there was nothing I fancied, quite the opposite! Everything sounded amazing. When the food arrived it looked great, fresh, vibrant and delicious. And it was. I think what surprised me more than anything was the variety and ingenuity of all the dishes. My husband was totally sold and also loved the food, even saying 'I am so full, I really enjoyed it all'! So if that is not the best compliment for a restaurant, I don't know what is! Highly, highly recommend Cafe Roya for cooking exciting vegetarian food that even meat eaters love. Well done to all the staff and especially Roya. Helen Nice
  3. Steve Wells says:
    Always A winnerCurrently the only restaurant in the area that I will willingly regularly return to, even though I am not a vegetarian. Earlier this month I went again for my birthday meal and as ever I wasn't disappointed. The menu is short but full of surprises. The food is interesting, well cooked and served, and the atmosphere is very pleasant. It isn't a cheap night out but one I will keep returning to sample!

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