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The restaurants you need to try this year

Want the lowdown on where to be eating locally? Here's our pick of the best places to eat in 2022!

THE NOSSA, Market Harborough

Harb locals have probably already heard the buzz about this brand new place which quietly opened late last year. Indie restaurant, The Nossa serves modern and contemporary world cuisine and is just off High Street. They’re open for breakfast right through to dinner and boasts a chef who has cooked for royalty over in Abu Dhabi. We love the sound of the zucchini falafel, crispy japanese chicken and beetroot and gin cured salmon. Watch out for a new champagne lounge opening soon too!

VARANASI, Leicester

Pic via Varanasi in Birmingham

We’ve already written about this new upscale Indian restaurant set to open on High Street later this year. Named after the ancient city in Uttar Pradesh, Northern India, Varanasi is a fine dining restaurant like no other. For starters, the decor is going to blow your mind – think grand and gorgeous with crystal chandeliers, opulent decor and ornate gold mirrors – just check out the pics of their Birmingham branch above. These guys don’t do things by halves so expect delicious food too – including the likes of crispy soft shell crab, tandoori lamb chops, biryani dishes, Kasturi chicken tikka and more. An official opening date has not been set yet but we’ll keep you posted natch!

MAURIZIO’S ITALIAN, Leicester

I’d never heard of this place (shame on me) but I’ve had it on good authority that this place serves the best pizza in town. The family serve takeaway from their shop in Braunstone but later this year, they’re opening their first restaurant in Belvoir Street. They’ll be serving rustic, authentic pizza and delicious pasta from March and you can expect traditional dishes like lasagna, tortelloni with ricotta and spinach plus Mr Muddy’s fave, margherita pizza. Huzzah! If you can’t wait until they open, you can still order takeaway here.

ETCI BABA, Leicester

Turkish restos are thriving in the city but some are far better than others case in point, Etci Baba. The Turkish charcoal grill and steakhouse opened at the end of December and is run by the same team behind Istanbul on Narborough Road. Gone are the days when Turkish restaurants were more kebab shop/takeaways; this one is seriously stylish (plush velour seating and gold decor details) and the food isn’t bad either. It’s meat-heavy (they have some veggie options) but if you’re trying to ditch meat for Jan, look away now; think sirloin, t-bone, wagyu and delicious hot and cold mezes and platters piled high with freshly prepared goodies. Oh, and worth mentioning the drinks here are all alcohol free.

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