When your taste buds are tingling for something a little bit different served in a stylish yet friendly setting, it is time to pay a visit to No Idea Bar and Restaurant. On first glance the large television screens that are prominently placed throughout the restaurant give the impression that No Idea is little more than a stylish sports bar, although as soon as you take your very first bite of the restaurant’s cuisine you will be forced to think again.
Loads of sports and divine cuisine.
While sports fans will be able to watch their favourite football, rugby and cricket matches while they unwind, people who have a taste for the finer things in life will be impressed by the high quality and unique twists that cuisine offers. All of the dishes at No Idea are created from quality fresh ingredients and are offered with a good selection of fine wines and spirits.
Dishes at No Idea are created by Ben McRae, who has won a number of awards for his food over the years and is celebrated as being one of New Zealand’s best chefs. Some of the deliciously imaginative dishes that diners at No Idea will have the chance to sample include lamb shank redemption, chicken liver and white truffle pate, coconut poached chicken and Guinness braised beef cheeks.
While the name suggests different, great food ideas are presented at ‘No Idea’
The restaurant’s a la carte menu offers a fantastic range of dishes to choose from and this is the perfect way to sample some of No Idea’s most interesting dishes. Diners will want to bring along a few friends so that they can share dishes such as salmon gravlax served with creamed duck egg and caviar, tuna and salmon sashimi, baked avocado and grilled ox tongue served with green papaya salad and an unforgettable sauce.
No Idea also offers an extensive range of tasty tapas dishes including oxtail arancini balls, pan seared US scallops, and New Zealand green lipped mussels and chorizo sausage. Once again, Ben McRae uses his flair for the creative to present a few surprising dishes such as crispy coconut prawns served with sweet chilli sauce and lime and manchego cheese and corn fritters served with tangy red pepper jam.
Diners who are looking for a hearty main course to sink their teeth into will find plenty of delicious dishes to choose from including duck breast with sweet potato mash, Norwegian salmon fillet and pork belly cooked with potato gratin and a selection of vegetables with a cider glaze. Diners will want to make sure that they save plenty of room for dessert though, as there are also plenty of sweet sensation to sample such as the sensational Toblerone mousse, moist chocolate and beetroot cake and mango and yoghurt parfait.
No matter what you are in the mood for, No Idea Bar and Restaurant has it all covered. In addition to a good selection of dishes for lovers of Thai food to try, the restaurant also excels in classic favourites such as pizza, designer salads, calzone and bruschetta.
‘No Idea’ is definately worth a visit.
No Idea is open from 12pm to 1am from Monday to Friday and 10am to 1am on Saturday and Sunday. This is the perfect place to enjoy a sophisticated brunch with friends while recovering in style from the night before. The restaurant is situated on Sukhumvit Soi 22 and regularly receives rave reviews from its customers.
By Kirsty Turner