Lunch at Da Sandros on Halifax Road in Huddersfield

Da Sandros, Huddersfield
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Location

Da Sandros Pizzeria Ristorante, Halifax Road, Birchencliffe, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD3 3NT.

Initial Impressions

Da Sandros is a well established family run Italian restaurant in Huddersfield.

The restaurant has an extensive free car park, which serves both it and the hotel next door, also owned by the same family. There is a large bar area, in which you can wait and have a drink, either because you are waiting for a table to be available during busy times, or because you want to have a drink before your meal.

There is an Early Bird Menu, which runs 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Monday to Friday, 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM Saturday, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Monday to Thursday, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Friday and 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM Sunday. This menu has reduced prices on hot and cold starters, excluding the specials, pizzas and pizza toppings, pasta, chicken and veal dishes on the main menu, as well as several salmon fillet dishes that are not on the main menu and some side dishes such as salad and vegetables. This reduced price menu isn’t available on Bank Holidays, during December, or on Easter Day, Fathers and Mothers Days and Valentine’s Day.

Dishes on the Early Bird menu can be combined with other items from the other menus; it isn’t a requirement to solely order from one menu or another.

As well as the main menu there is also a specials board. This is predominately a variety of fish dishes, of which there aren’t very many on the normal menu. Starters, main course and dessert specials are available.

The restaurant was visited on a Sunday lunch time, and was fairly quiet.

The Food

The food ordered was combined from the specials board and from the main menu at the Early Bird prices. The drinks ordered were two half pint glasses of draught Coke, which were as good as can be expected from draught.

Starter

The starter was a Mussels Marinières from the specials board. This is also known as moules marinières and is a dish of mussels in a garlic, onion and white wine sauce. The mussels are in their shells and were also sprinkled with chopped parsley. The mussels were served with a basket of fresh bread which contained four slices as well further pieces of bread, probably from the end of the roll, and three individual pats of butter.

Also provided were a sealed hand cleaning wipe and an empty dish to put the mussel shells into.

This dish has a lot of mussels in it. Frequently, dishes of this type are less than generous with the amount of mussels they provide, but this was not the case here. The mussels were fresh and nice, and the sauce they came with was tasty, with a fair amount of it, making it practically a soup. The bread was soft and fresh. A very enjoyable dish.

Main Course

The main course ordered was Pizza ai Funghi di Bosco, which is a pizza topped with tomato (the pizza sauce), mozzarella and wild mushrooms sautéed with garlic, herbs and parmesan shavings. An extra topping of parma ham was added to the pizza. The pizzas themselves are cooked in a brick pizza oven, which is visible from the restaurant.

There were four pieces of parma ham added to the pizza, and the Early Bird cost of the additional topping was quite likely less than it would have cost from a supermarket.

This was much more flavoursome than a normal ham and mushroom pizza. There were a variety of different mushroom types, and the parma ham has a quite distinctive taste.

My Review

The cost of the meal including drinks came to £19.20. Da Sandros isn’t the cheapest restaurant around, especially when considering the price of the various fish specials, but it is very good quality food and really not that expensive when compared to other places in the same price range, at some of which you are paying more for less.

The service was fast and friendly, and the majority of the staff are actually Italian. Da Sandros is a nice place to eat in Huddersfield and definitely recommended.

 

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