Matt and Cat\'s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide

Mem’s Asian Cuisine, Newport

9th December 2009 1

Having fortified themselves with the most delicate and sumptuous Robert Thompson canapés, plus the ever-scrummy Isle of Wight cheese and Garlic Farm tasties at the WightLife photography competition exhibition, Matt and Cat stumbled out into the dark streets of Newport. Did the grazing satisfy or could the duo go... Read more

Ming Garden, Newport

22nd March 2009 19

The global recession seems to be passing the Isle of Wight’s high streets by. Apart from the sad demise of Woolworth’s, the Island’s town centres seem to be bucking the national trend, with new restaurants, at least, opening weekly. On their regular stroll to Farmhouse Fayre to buy their... Read more
This is an archive review. This venue is now closed.  It seems like ages since the Hong Kong Express opened in Newport, and whilst chatting to the staff in the new bar at that time Matt and Cat were amazed and delighted to discover that yet another HKE was... Read more
Unexpectedly finding themselves in Shanklin one evening, Matt and Cat scratched around for something to do. Tempting as My Fair Lady at Shanklin Theatre was M and C were too late for curtain up, the library was shut and Shanklin Chine was closed for the winter. So they defaulted... Read more

Baan Thai, Cowes

5th May 2008 7

There seems to be a formula to calculate the number of oriental restaurants in any given area – if you know the number of Indian restaurants, you can assume a similar number of Chinese ones, and, aggregating these two, once you reach a certain number, sure enough there will... Read more
Archive review: China China, Bembridge
This is an archive review. China China has now closed down and is replaced by the Lu Shan.  Somebody once said that the average age of the Isle of Wight’s population could be significantly altered by the flooding of the east and west yar rivers; making the county the... Read more
Bizzy Wok, Ryde
The heavens opened as Matt and junior reviewers Bill and Jack dashed home after a busy day out. Grabbing the nearest takeaway menu that had fluttered through the letterbox, Matt rang the Bizzy Wok, a takeaway in central Ryde that Matt and Cat had never previously tried. A polite... Read more

Royal China, Sandown High Street

30th September 2007 17

Late on a wet Sunday evening on the last day of the summer season, Matt and Cat imagined they’d be lucky to find anywhere to eat in Sandown that wasn’t closed or nearly empty. So the bright lights of the Royal China were a welcome sight. Even when much... Read more
Sadly we don’t think that Tomou is doing her bentou boxes anymore so this an an archive review. Picnics are fun! Eating sandwiches and crisps in the open air, sitting on a blanket in a meadow or on the beach. However, picnic food soon loses its appeal when you... Read more
In the flat-iron building that once housed the Strand Hotel, Ryde now boasts the China Garden Chinese takeaway. Set back behind the imposing Ryde Castle, this modest takeaway is off the beaten track but a popular location for locals. Matt and junior reviewers Bill and Jack strolled into the... Read more