FOOD MONSTER: The Lucky Chinese takeaway, Burton Road, Lincoln
I came home from work this week in no mood to venture outside for a meal.
The Far Better Half was curled up on the sofa under a blanket following her early shift, and I could tell she was very much of the same mindset.
However, I'm duty bound to give you a food review, but this time it is a twist, as I ordered in.
Yes, I can hear some of the howls and bemoaning already, but seriously? In this weather it is a brave man who can hitch up the huskies and make his way to a good eatery. So I decided to make them come to me instead.
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Plumping for a bit of comfort food we went for a Chinese.
I'll be honest in saying that I have struggled to find a good takeaway in the Lincoln area since one of our favourite haunts on the High Street closed down.
So, on the recommendation from a few of my colleagues, I picked out the Lucky Chinese takeaway in Burton Road.
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And with free delivery within three miles on orders over £15 they seemed perfect for us in our West End enclave.
I picked up the phone and placed an order for honey barbecued spare ribs, house special fried rice, king prawn with cashew nuts, chicken with bamboo shoots and water chestnuts and the obligatory prawn crackers.
The order tipped over the required £15 and the service on the end of the phone was polite with a quick recap of my order.
They said that it would take half an hour to 40 minutes maximum, so I started the clock and got on with making my table as presentable as I could.
Before half an hour was even up there was a knock at the door and our food had arrived.
The money was handed over and the friendly chap shuffled away into the cold night and we sat down to a piping hot meal.
Everything was present and correct and I was struck by the generous portion size.
I had four very large ribs for a starter that could have comfortably fed two, and that goes for the rest of the dishes.
Each one was enough for two people, or in my case, very much a second helping.
FBH declined the ribs, leaving them all for me, and got straight into her main of king prawn with cashew nuts.
There was again no scrimping in this dish. The prawns were plenty and were big and juicy with a lot to get your teeth into and the cashew nuts added that sweet edge.
The house rice was also packing plenty of special extras, with a good slice of pork and chicken mixed in with the shredded chicken, prawns and vegetables.
I started with the ribs and sadly, after being impressed with the dishes as I served them out, this was the one part of the meal that let me down.
The honey glaze was perfect. It was not over sticky or messy and the sweet tang was there. However, they were overdone.
The meat was crispy rather than succulent and I had to chew it off with a bit of force in places.
I felt a little bit let down, especially as the flavouring had been so good.
Still, the main more than made up for it. One of my gripes about Chinese food can be that it feels a bit oily and sloppy.
But with the water chestnuts and bamboo shoots my chicken dish was a move away from that.
Usually I like a chicken dish served up with a different type of mushroom, but the bamboo shoots and water chestnuts gave a crunchy texture alongside the succulent chicken that was cooked to perfection.
There was probably a call for some more seasoning and flavour in the dish, but there was enough going on to keep me happy enough and I did go back to finish it all off.
I managed to convince FBH to leave a couple of prawn crackers for me and I settled back on the sofa to relax, warm, content and fully fed with very little effort involved.
The quality of this meal has persuaded me to give The Lucky's extensive menu a look over.
They also offer set menus if you are struggling to make your own selection. The price was as much to be expected, but I have to say I was impressed with the delivery, which was undeniably swift.
THE FOOD:Honey barbecued spare ribs £4.90, House special friend rice £5, King prawn with cashew nuts £5, chicken with bamboo shoots and water chestnuts £4.40, prawn crackers £1.10.
FINAL VERDICT: Swift service, piping hot food and generous portions. Shame about the ribs.
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