The Gylly Beach Café in Falmouth, Cornwall, is a culinary gem. The views from the terrace on a sunny day are superb and so is the food. The name ‘beach café’ does not do it justice as we discovered on a recent visit. Much of the produce is locally-sourced so the seafood is highly recommended. Two of us had the seafood taster plate which was excellent and changes according to the day’s catch although crab, shrimp and mussels often feature. The sautéed wild mushrooms came perched on a fluffy brioche with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce, a winning combination. Mains were butternut rosti with fennel marmalade, greens and confit shallot, rib eye steak (the only slight let-down with a watery, overly peppered sauce) and sea bass, done to a tee. Desserts maintained the overall high standard with an original chocolate tasting plate, a highly-calorific but delicious pecan pie with, of course, clotted cream, and a selection of Cornish cheeses for which there was no exorbitant surcharge for once, unless you think paying 50p more than the next most expensive dessert is exorbitant. A truly memorable meal and a decent, reasonably priced wine list. If you’re lucky enough to have friends in the town as we do, it’s now become a definite dining date, but if not go there anyway. Maybe combine it with the town's excellent oyster and beer festivals in October but make sure you have an exit strategy.
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