New Ipswich venue's winning formula

PUBLISHED: 16:07 05 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

IT'S only been up and running for two weeks but Ipswich's newest venue is already proving that a fusion of east meets west promises to be a winning formula.

IT'S only been up and running for two weeks but Ipswich's newest venue is already proving that a fusion of east meets west promises to be a winning formula.

And later this week, there will be another addition to the town's eateries and watering holes with the opening of a new restaurant with a very Spanish feel.

D-place has thrown open its doors in the former home of Sergeant Peppers with the aim of offering the town's people something different from which to choose.

Tara Gray, co-director with Israel Pons, explained: "We wanted to create somewhere people could come and try something different.

"It's not just another bar, it's not a nightclub and it's not just another restaurant."

Mr Pons added: "The idea was to put a place together where people will like the décor, the ambience, the music, the style, the service and have the choice of whatever they would like to eat and drink.

"Every little detail is taken care of."

The premises in Cardinal Park have been gutted and completely refurbished so that it is unrecognisable from the Beatles-themed restaurant that previously found its home there.

Two bars have been constructed – one serving cocktails and champagne, the other offering a wide range of drinks; there are sofas to sit on and enjoy a drink; there are tables and bar stools; and a restaurant serving a range of food completes the services on offer.

Mr Pons said: "You come in and decide what you want.

"If you want a glass of wine we have that. If you want a coffee we have that. If you want a snack we've got that as well."

D-place prides itself on the service and products it offers. The bar stocks 130 different spirits, the art of mixology takes place at the cocktail bar and the food is a careful blend of east and west.

Ms Gray said: "The food is based on fusion. It's about bringing together flavours from the Pacific Rim and Orient and serving them in a western style."

"We've got lots and lots of choice," she added. "We're giving it to the customer and saying 'This is what we've got, you make the choice'."

Tomorrow Mr Pons and Ms Gray are opening a second business in town in the St Nicholas Street premises that was home to Café Tamarind.

D-tapas will offer people a Spanish feel with ten different types of Sangria, 35 different varieties of tapas and several different paellas.

"Again it's different for Ipswich," Mr Pons said.

"We're not creating substitutes but alternatives."

n D-place opens 11am to 11pm daily. To book a table call 01473 219455. D-tapas will open daily from 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 11pm. To make a reservation contact 01473 280433.

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