Yes, the Milton Keynes dine-scene is bursting with news flavours, different cuisines and independent eats. With so many places to choose from, we’ve narrowed down the top six new spots to brunch, lunch, dine and dessert.
You might think that we don’t need yet another Mediterranean restaurant in the city, but DeRoKa is different. This independent family-owned restaurant takes you on a flavour adventure, combining fresh ingredients and traditional recipes to produce mouth-watering dishes, all fired up on their traditional charcoal grill. And, the Mediterranean inspiration doesn’t stop at the food. With a large selection of Turkish wines and, of course, bottles of Efes to choose from, DeRoKa turns a dinner-stop into an evening out. If you’ve been searching for a Mediterranean restaurant that takes you back to those lazy summer holidays, then click here to book now.
The highly anticipated Blossom Room, opened its doors late last year. Diners are invited into a Japanese-inspired step away from reality, “where the theatre of food and drink is served.” The cherry blossom ceiling and stunning murals (by local artist Luke McDonnell) are accompanied by a delectable menu inspired by global travels. From vegetable tempura and tofu stir fry to southern fried chicken and chocolate churros - whatever destination you fancy, the Blossom Room serves. And, to wash it all down with is an extensive selection of signature cocktails with a Japanese twist.
twenty out of ten
Just when we thought Fourth & Fifth couldn’t get any better, they introduce twenty out of ten into our lives. Residing in our very own coffee and brunch stop, this new establishment brings fine dining to the city, without the fine dining preconceptions. Chefs Shane and Aaron Clarke have combined the three ‘g’s (good ingredients, good venue and good company) to deliver a weekly menu that showcases seasonal ingredients, local suppliers, and home-grown talent. Experience the opulent life by booking your table here.
The Whisk Kitchen & Bar
Who could forget that the month of love coincides with the month of pancakes - making Woburn Sand’s The Whisk Kitchen & Bar the perfect spot to celebrate. Cooking up “granny’s pancakes”, the Whisk team have turned the heat up on the traditional milk and flour batter; introducing bold flavours and unusual ingredients. Alongside a wide selection of sweet and savoury pancakes, is also an alluring cocktail menu, featuring bespoke creations such as the Brazilian Bramble and Vanilla Espresso. And, for the budding chefs among you, you can also make your own pancake creations from the pick and mix menu. If chorizo in your pancakes or cocktails with breakfast sounds like your kind of Valentine’s day, click here.
Legend One Sushi Bar
Described as “easily the best Asian food in MK”, Legend One Sushi Bar has already earnt an enviable reputation in the city. This fashionable restaurant serves up a taste of China and Japan, with a wide selection of sushi and one-box meals. If the flavour invasion of Legend One wasn’t enough, the stunning presentation of the dishes will surely delight - making your Instagram the envy of all. Plus, located next door to Sainsbury’s, it’s just a stone’s throw away from the Studios. The only question left is, have you saved room for dessert?
Speaking of pancakes, Stony Stratford’s famous creperie has travelled south-east, opening up a sister restaurant aptly named Greek Affaire. Greek is a new and welcomed cuisine to Milton Keynes, and the traditional interior and authentic dishes will have you knocking back the ouzo and devouring baklava in no time. The bustling menu features holiday favourites including gyros, moussaka and stifado - all created using locally sourced ingredients and suppliers. Treat yourself to some summer flavours by booking your spot here