The first time I stayed at Qbic I described it as more like a hostel than a hotel and mentioned how it felt like a set of dorm rooms housing young students and travellers rather than an artsy and design led destination which it definitely could be.
Then I visited again. And I saw it in a completely different light. I’m still not a fan of the décor in the rooms or corridors but the restaurant and bar area, run by Parts & Labour, is filled with fun quirks.
It’s not only the décor that made me realise Qbic is a diamond in the rough. Surprises come in all forms and sometimes you’re just not expecting one which is exactly why I’m so glad I went back to Qbic a second time. In the bar and restaurant that fateful evening, surrounded by fellow bloggers, we were offered food which I can only describe as comforting, flavourful, moreish and one hell of a surprise.
The full menu can be seen here, but let me take you through what we had.
Who’d have thought that the hotel with lampshades made out of mangled hose pipes and bathrooms with see through doors could produce such beautiful food? The tagliatelle with truffle Parmesan was so creamy and indulgent while my other favourite, the slaw, was unbelievably flavourful with a strong fruity element to it which was really unusual. Everything was so delicious and the casual vibe of the restaurant makes it the perfect place to chill with friends over a bottle of wine while tucking into the most comforting food you’ll have in a long time.
Qbic has taught me two things – everyone and everything deserves a second chance, and don’t write anything off before you’ve tried it. Lesson learnt.