Danube Café and Restaurant
Danube is directly opposite the magnificent ruins of Newark Castle and specialises in food from countries touched by the eponymous river. These are many, as the Danube begins in Germany’s Black Forest mountains and flows through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania.
All dishes are cooked freshly on the premises, using local ingredients where possible. These include homemade frikadellen (meatballs with minced pork and beef, garlic and parsley), skinless Balkan sausages (mici), smoked salmon with dill and potato cakes, chicken paprikash, wiener schnitzel with Jaeger sauce and Imam bayildi (stuffed aubergine). There is also an interesting selection of central and Eastern European wines and beers.
We visited on a fairly busy lunchtime and enjoyed the frikadellen with house-pickled veg, a chicken schnitzel and the paprikash, accompanied by Staropramen Czech beer. We didn’t have room for desert but the apple strudel sounded a perfect way to finish. Service was discreet and efficient and as Danube slowly filled up it became clear that the people of Newark appreciate this pleasant restaurant, which offers something that little bit different.
By Abby Brennan, Nottinghamshire editor