Always wanting to try out new restaurants that Hull has to offer, I booked in a meal with my partner at Solita Bar and Grill – and we were not disappointed.

Work has been done to transform the building, which was formerly 1884 Wine and Tapas - a restaurant that was popular in its own right.

Solita, which already has restaurants in the north west, including in Manchester, is operated by founder and CEO Chris Harrison - the familiar face behind Shoot the Bull which made its name in Hull and still operates in Trinity Market among other places.

Hull's newest trendy restaurant, located beside the city's beautiful marina, opened its doors for the first time after lockdown.

Before this, the business managed to get by through offering takeaways, but is now welcoming customers to sit in and enjoy its dining experience.

The sharing starter at Solita

The venue has stunning views across Hull Marina, but its surroundings are every bit as appealing.

We were given a friendly greeting at the door by manager Eddie Kirby and shown to a booth with a view of the bar and the classy interior.

After being shown the menu, which includes hot dogs, burgers, fish, seafood and chicken dishes, we were told that the restaurant is known for serving 100 percent British wagyu beef.  

Whilst we were deciding what food to get, we ordered some drinks – bacon negroni for me and a pint of corona for my boyfriend.

I wasn’t sure what to expect after ordering bacon in a drink, but it was caramelised and an interesting twist on the traditional cocktail, which tasted amazing.

To start, we went for the Solita taster sharer (£16) to try a little bit of everything, as all the options sounded great.

The negroni bacon cocktail

It came with cheeseburger spring rolls, man and cheese bites, halloumi fries, chicken wings and a salad, as well as barbeque sauce, ketchup and mustard for dipping.

The cheeseburger spring rolls were a great twist on the classic veggie or duck spring roll and we especially likes the chicken that was marinated in barbeque sauce, but all of the options were delicious.

It was again really hard to choose what to order for our mains, with so many options to choose from.

I decided to go for the 8oz hanger wagyu steak that was branded as “only at Solita” and asked for it to come with salt and pepper fries (£19) and my fellow diner went for the Manc-Hatten (£14.50).

This burger came with two 30z patties, pastrami, Lancashire cheese, black pudding and Coney Island mustard mayo, fries and onion rings.

I also ordered another cocktail – a dark and stormy – again delicious, and my partner had another pint and our food came over in no time.

The mains were even more mouth-watering than the starters and as soon as we saw them, we couldn’t wait to tuck in.

My steak was beautifully cooked and melted in my mouth – the meat was so tender and just fell apart and it has to be one of the best steaks that I have ever tasted.

The Manc-Hatten burger

The blue cheese sauce that I ordered went well with the steak and the salt and pepper chips were certainly different, but made a good accompaniment to the meal, along with the rocket and parmesan shavings.

Equally as impressed with me, my partner tucked into his burger but at first struggled to get his mouth around it as there was so much filling, but he certainly didn’t complain.

He said that the pastrami went well with the burger pattie and that the sauce and cheese tasted great with it.

After having a breather after the meal and a few more cocktails – a dark and stormy and an espresso martini – we tried a warm brownie and blondie with salted caramel ice cream and berries.

The dessert at Solita

They were both extremely appetising and great to share, but we were that full we couldn’t manage to finish them both, but they were great sample and something that I would order again.

So if you are looking to try somewhere trendy that offers top quality food and drinks, with amazing service and some of the best steak around, I would definitely suggest that you book a table at Solita, as you definitely won’t regret it.