6b Chapel Quarter, Chapel Bar, Nottingham, NG1 6JS
Sleek, sophisticated and altogether alluring, this place is just the tonic for reviving the soul after a long hard day. Relax and enjoy comfortable and stylish surrounds, be looked after by attentive and non-intrusive staff and sample food of excellent quality and presentation. This restaurant is certainly causing a stir on the Nottingham eating-out scene, winning 'Best Newcomer' and runner-up in the 'Best Design' and 'Best Use of Local Produce' categories at the Nottingham Restaurant Awards 2007, and following this up with runner-up in the overall category of 'Nottingham Restaurant of the Year' at the 2008 awards and winner of 'Young Chef of the Year' in 2009. Most recently, Tonic has been awarded two rosettes by the AA for culinary excellence. This contemporary venue is located at the heart of Nottingham in close proximity to the theatre and cinemas. My suggestion would be, however, to bypass a night watching a show and create your own entertainment by dedicating an entire evening to visiting this eatery. Don't be fooled by the understated frontage - Tonic has been designed by one of Britain's top interior designers and is simply stunning. From the New-York-style deli bar as you enter the venue, to the main bar on the middle floor, and ultimately the first-floor balcony bar and 90-seater restaurant, each level takes your breath away (there is lift access to each floor). The spacious restaurant is a beautiful harmony of funky armchairs, wooden tables and atmospheric lighting, creating a cool, comfortable effect. A selection of seating arrangements caters for larger parties or, for a more intimate meal, book one of the circular tables tucked away in an alcove. The food does not disappoint, living up to expectations in terms of both presentation and taste. The selection of wines is varied with something for all pockets, from the decadent to the conservatively priced. As well as a fabulous restaurant, this eclectic venue also boasts an awardwinning 'comfortable cool' bar offering an excellent selection of classic bar food and drinks from around the world. All in all, the favourable memory of dining at Tonic is one that lingers on. This venue offers a fine-dining experience without stuffiness or inappropriate formality, just huge doses of deliciousness and fun.