Bittersweet announcement over closure of Beeston's Frustrated Chef

The owner of a popular Beeston restaurant has made the bittersweet announcement that the restaurant is set to close. A buyer has been found for the site, which was put up for sale more than a year ago.

The Frustrated Chef, a tapas restaurant, is shutting because owner and chef Mattias Karlsson is opening a new venture over the border in Derbyshire. He broke the news on the restaurant's Facebook page, saying that he was preparing to embark on a new adventure in Melbourne.

The post said: "To each and every one who has walked through our doors and experienced our ethos we thank you so much and appreciate every single one of you.

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"May 25 will be our last day of trading and this is the end of an era for us so we would invite you to come and celebrate with us from now until then to bring up memories from yourselves and all the team at TFC that have been honoured to serve you and have made some fantastic friends and met some amazing customers."

The restaurant launched a delivery service during the pandemic so fans could still enjoy some of their favourite dishes at home, such as Korean pork belly, beetroot, apple and feta salad, and patatas bravas.

Customers said the news was "so sad". One commented: "So sad to read this. You are such an asset to the area." Another wrote: Nooooooo! Say it ain’t so! Wishing you guys all the luck and best wishes for your new venture. Absolutely gutted to lose my favourite restaurant in Beeston."

One man responded: "My overriding memory of TFC will always be that even through coronavirus lockdowns, the attention to quality of food and portion sizes with the takeaway service never faltered. You provided some rare treats during difficult times. Thanks for some great nights and the very best of luck to you and all the staff in your next ventures."

The Frustrated Chef opened in Chilwell Road in 2016. Mattias had previously been the head chef at La Toque and The Library in Wollaton Road, Beeston. At the time of opening he said: "The intention is to make people feel special and, as when on holiday, forget about time." The name came from nearly 10 years of testing and tweaking dishes, several false starts looking at premises and many hours spent seeking business partners.

In the last eight years the restaurant has been praised in highly rated reviews. One customer said: "It's a very nice place to go and enjoy some fine food. Everything we asked for was really good and in very generous portions as well. Service was really good as well. Our attendant was super nice and had enough patience to answer all of our questions with a smile. Nice music and ambience."

Another said: "Dined here again on Saturday early evening. Been here many times but this visit was particularly good. Food excellent. Belly pork is next level, service spot on. All in all great evening, definitely will be coming back soon."