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“Excellent Meal”
Review of Squid Ink - CLOSED

Squid Ink
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $46 - $73
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Welcome to Squid Ink restaurant situated in the historic fishing port of Looe in South East Cornwall.This intimate 32 cover restaurant is owned by Looe resident Adrian Woodward and first opened in 2008. The restaurant itself is housed within a character filled period building dating back more than 300 years.Looe is a pretty seaside town and important Cornish port selling mainly day caught fish from small trawlers, netting boats and line fishing boats, where the highest EU quality level of E (excellent) is electronically `attached' to almost every box of fish. Day boats are considered one of the more sustainable ways to fish, and they also provide the freshest fish.We are committed to offering outstanding service and our menu includes dishes suitable for allergy sufferers or those just wishing to avoid certain foods such as seafood, gluten or dairy. If however you have any additional dietary requirements you are welcome to discuss them with the chef who will endeavour to accommodate them.
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Went to the Squid Ink for a meal on the last night of our holiday in Looe and what a meal it was.

This is a small restaurant on a quiet street in East Looe run by a lovely couple Catherine and Warren, The interior is nicely decorated with a separate bar / waiting area with comfy sofas and a welcoming atmosphere. The staff are friendly and attentive without being pushy.

The menu has a good choice of dishes mainly made from locally sourced ingredients.

Once seated we were brought some very good bread and an amuse bouche of an Asian spiced broth which was very good and a sign of things to come.

Starters were for me local Fowey Mussel which i loved (although maybe a rather large portion for a starter - not that i am complaining) and my partner had Tempura Squid which a wasabi dip which was very good indeed. For my main i had Sirloin Steak which i can honestly say was one of the best i have ever had and cooked to perfection (rare of course) - a triumph. My partner had fillets of brill which was also very tasty. We went for some traditional desserts of treacle tart (nicely sticky) with clotted cream and creme brulee which my partner raved about.

All in all an absolutely superb meal.

We chatted with the owner/chef Warren after our meal and it was great to find that he knows all his local suppliers and even told me the breed of cow my steak came from (what more can you ask). We suggested he came back North and opened a restaurant nearer to Manchester but he didn't seem to keen (shame)!!

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Thank yv0nnescully
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Catherine1966, Owner at Squid Ink, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2013

Thank you Yvonne and Al for such a comprehensive and positive review after your recent visit to our restaurant, its lovely to read that you both enjoyed your dining experience with us. The fresh fish of Looe is truly fabulous and our butcher does indeed produce some of the best steak in the county.

We look forward to seeing you both again on your next visit to Looe.

Kind regards

Catherine and Warren

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We decided to visit the restaurant based on the reviews and how right they were. A fantasic place with very attentive and polite staff and the best meal we had eaten in years.
We have praise for verything about the meal and can't think of anything to complain about. WELL DONE ALL AT SQUID INK !!!

Thank steve v
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Catherine1966, Owner at Squid Ink, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2013

Thank you Steve for taking the time to post such a positive review after your recent visit to our restaurant. Its always rewarding to hear that diners like yourselves visit because of other peoples recommendations, whether these be word of mouth or like yourselves from trip advisor comments.We have strived over the last 3 seasons to build our restaurant into something we are very proud of and when we read comments such as yours it does feel like all the very hard work has been worthwhile.
Thank you again and we hope to see you on your next visit to Looe.

Kind regards

Catherine & Warren.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

Just couldn't fault anything, will definatley be going back the whole taste experience was something to be hold. Can highly reccomend and its a must to book a table in advance you won't be disappointed.

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Thank GPY1
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Catherine1966, Owner at Squid Ink, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2013

Thank you for such kind comments, its always wonderful to read when our guests have thoroughly enjoyed their visit to our restaurant. To say you "Just couldn't fault anything" and that you will "definitely be back" is so positive, I will be sure to feed back your comments to our team. Thank you for recommending us to other diners and we look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Looe.

Kind regards

Catherine & Warren

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

Very good food cooked by an experienced chef. The Restaurant is quite small immaculately clean with friendly staff. Their is a small bar area where you can take your time and look at the menu before sitting at your table. The food is mainly English - Steaks,Fish,Lamb etc it is very well presented with first class service. I would recommend Squid Ink for a special occasion

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Thank PAULDGIB63
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Catherine1966, Owner at Squid Ink, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2013

Thank you Paul for taking the time to write such a positive review of your recent visit to our restaurant. Its lovely to read that you found the food to be "very well presented" and the "service first class".
I will ensure I pass on your comments and thank you for kindly recommending us to other diners, we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Kind regards

Catherine & Warren

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

.....but this restaurant is a GEM! The welcome, the ambiance, the great service, the friendliness, the decor (modern and simple), the FOOD - my mouth is still watering as I write this - was just sublime! There were four of us and we all ate different menu items for each course and none of us were disappointed! Congratulations to Catherine and Warren and their staff for a simply wonderful experience. We usually eat at the Blue Plate in Downderry but due to Nick have damaged a finger he could not cook tonight ... SO happy to have found Squid Ink - we will be back - often!
Oh yes - one final thing - your loo is smart, elegant and clean (Other nearby restaurants take note).
THANK YOU for a wonderful evening - excellent - worth every penny!!

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Thank David W
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Catherine1966, Owner at Squid Ink, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2013

Wow !
What a lovely review of our restaurant. Your comments, of "sublime food" and " a wonderful experience" have been fed back to both the kitchen and front of house teams who all work extremely hard to ensure our diners have an enjoyable experience. Its also rewarding to read that you found the décor of our restaurant pleasing. We have attempted to keep the history of the building evident whilst still having contemporary facilities.
Thank you again for dining with us , Nick's loss was definitely our gain, although we do wish him a speedy recovery.

We look forward to seeing you and your friends again very soon.

Kind regards

Catherine and Warren

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