Sutterton’s V-Ate restaurant offers mouthwatering food and an unforgettable dining experience
I have never understood those people who see food as something functional. It has to be fun – and that is what you get with this restaurant a great big fat dollop of riotous fun. Not to mention some pretty darn tasty burgers.
Food is something that I spend most of my time thinking about, looking forward to and planning – and I had been planning a visit to V-Ate in Sutterton for a very long time.
The smokehouse has been on my list of restaurants to visit since I first reported on its opening during 2020 – which was a positive highlight for a very bleak time.
And, dear reader, the visit was worth the wait as V-Ate is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds.
This restaurant helps you to live out the fantasy of visiting an American diner with along with giving new life into some iconic cars. Plus it gave me the opportunity to make Dallas-themed jokes to a friend who had never seen the 80s classic soap despite growing up in the period of big hair and shoulder pads.
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V-Ate is the brainchild of Neil and Victoria Burden, who were inspired by family holidays to America and Europe, which included a trip to the Ferrari factory.
Victoria's car enthusiast father, Bob Wilding, had helped to renovate and convert some classic cars, such as Minis, a Ferrari and a Chevy Lincoln, into tables to help provide an unforgettable experience.
The restaurant also boasts a duckpin bowling game – complete with converted scooters as seats.
In its synopsis on its website V-Ate shares that it is open to ‘daring diners looking for fun’.
Well that is definitely us and what we were looking for.
We didn’t book a table and walked into the restaurant during a busy time when a number of tables were booked for a party. But this did not affect the excellent service we received – the waitress even ensuring that our food arrived earlier than expected to ensure we were able to get to the theatre that night.
Our party, which was made up of two adults and two young children, were given a friendly greeting before being shown to one of the restaurant’s fantastic tables.
A fun blue Fiat, with a friendly face and bright blue eyes, would provide the perfect venue for a much needed catch-up and poor jokes (on my part).
The menu offers everything that you would want from an American inspired diner with the promise of hot dogs, ribs, burgers and corn – all sourced from locally produced ingredients.
While I was tempted by the Cheesesteak brisket – described on the menu as a ‘love it or leave it’ item made up of brisket, vegetables and cheese – or the brisket lasagne bites, there was only one thing that I had on my mind.
And that was a ‘dirty burger’ as described on the restaurant’s website.
It had to be a triple cheese burger with a 3oz of beef, mozzarella, red Leicester and Applewood smoked cheddar all wrapped up in a brioche bun.
I was not at all disappointed with this sumptuous feast.
The meat was just a melt in the mouth drop dead gorgeous beefcake. The burger equivalent of a hunk in an advert. Think about a Levi-clad Nick Kamen with his washboard stomach in a launderette – and you wouldn’t get close. Thinking about this burger makes me hanker for another – and a cold shower.
Now I hadn’t had cheese for a while so the combination of all three was just a delight in the mouth. Like I said food has to be fun.
And it may have also changed my opinion of brioche buns. Previously, that would have put me off but now I would say that it was a winner.
Also, the picture may be deceptive about how many chips are actually contained with that tub. This was actually a chip TARDIS as it contained so many chips that it was pleasant surprise to see that I had so many to chow down on.
My friend opted for the Dallas Chicken Burger – but asked me to hold off on singing the Dallas theme tune and calling her JR. It also allowed for a little reminiscing about how excited I used to be watching the introduction with the split three screen and the horses. She missed this as she was being more productive with her childhood.
This was made up of butter chicken, bacon, barbecue sauce melted cheese and a brioche bun – and it got the thumbs up from my friend.
We brought along her two children who are three and a nearly a year who split a helping of mac and cheese, cucumber and chips. The girls were happy with their food and chewed it down happily.
The food was that good that I would say the name should be changed to V-Great!
Out of five…
Food: A burger which makes my mouth water at the memory deserves a top rating ****
Drink: As we stuck with soft drinks it seemed really reasonable on price ****
Decor: You don’t have to be a petrol head to appreciate the car themed decor which created an unforgetable experience *****
Staff: Our waitress went the extra mile to ensure that our food was brought out quickly and was also really friendly (even when we saw her later on at the theatre) *****
Price: With both burgers at around £15 – you can’t complain at that. ****
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