ASK is the latest restaurant chain to join the impressive array of eateries at the Mill Arcade in Touchwood, writes Cillian O’Brien.
The Italian has a bright, airy, white, green and orange interior, and an open kitchen.
It was doing a steady trade when we visited on Saturday night.
The menu is a la carte and offers breads and nibbles, starters, bruschetta, pasta, mains, panino, pizza and salads.
For starters we opted for antipasto classico (£11.75) - a sharing board of buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto, salami, pepperonata and warm sea-salted Italian bread. Although this was at the slightly pricey end of the scale, there was generous hunk of cheese and enough bread to tide us over till the mains arrived.
For our mains I went for the Raviolo Marrittimo (£10.15). This was made of crayfish, crab and salmon parcels with ricotta cheese in an outstanding creamy tomato, garlic and basil sauce.
My girlfriend choose Salmone Rustico (£12.25) - a fillet of Scottish salmon roasted with a sauce of cherry tomatoes, red onion, black olives and white wine. The salmon was of superior quality, light, and melted in the mouth. As sides we had superb ‘rustic’ chips with the skins on and garlic mayo (£3.05) and mixed salad (£3.05). Between courses we had olives (£2.60).
For desert there is a choice of six types of ice cream and the usual Italian specialities of tiramisu and profiteroles.
I decided to got for a fresh Torta al Limone (£5.40) and my girlfriend went for the rich Our Chocolate Nemesis (£5.40) - a hot pudding with a melting chocolate middle served with Vanilla ice cream.
Our meal plus drinks came to £74.
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