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“Quirky and worth a visit”

Surf and Turf at Shelley's Plaice
Price range: $6 - $30
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Description: Surf and Turf at Shelley's Plaice (Formally Billy the Fish). Your local fish and steak restaurant with a personal flair. Enjoy locally sourced fish with a large range of dishes, including gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options.Has an open kitchen so you can see Shelly and her team whipping up delights for you. Open for lunches and evening meals. Great for special occasions and group bookings.
Reviewed December 1, 2012

Shelley has very sensibly put up billboards on the main shopping street in Dorchester telling you how to find the restaurant which is in a cul de sac off the street parallet to the main street. It would be hard to find otherwise. Inside the restaurant you feel as if you are in garden shed with lots of kitsch decorations. We went there for lunch. The options are described on a chalk board. We had the £15 lunch for two which meant we could choose from several different fish or steak served with either saute potatoes or salad (we had to share either potatoes or salad). The fish was fried whilst once we'd ordered and the saute potatoes were served with some veg fried with them. The fish was very fresh and we were offered home made tatare sauce with it. Shelley herself is very friendly. The lunch was good value.

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2  Thank Anne P
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

In Dorchester, looking for somewhere for lunch, we came across Shelley's Plaice and thought it would be more interesting than pizza at a nearby Italian. It was! I have since read other people's reviews and I agree that 'quirky' and 'eccentric' are good words to describe this eatery. It's like actually being in the kitchen (open along one side of the restaurant) with Shelly as she cooks, sings along to the 50's songs playing, and chats to people. My partner and I had hake and fried potatoes and our companion had brown crab on toast with salad garnish. The food was excellent but we had a long wait for our food and the restaurant was not full. Shelley was doing all the cooking on her own. We were not warned that there would be a wait and no apology was offered when the food was served but it was entertaining to watch Shelley cooking so we didn't mind the wait too much.

I would recommend this restaurant to all lovers of fish, who enjoy an unusual eating experience but allow plenty of time.

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1  Thank Annecourtbrown
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

As a lone diner without a booking I was made most welcome, and as I ate the wonderfully cooked and fresh fish, and naughty Eton Mess, I watched the dynamic Shelley craft each dish, different herbs and sauces rubbed in and added, and then then often steamed in her special stock.
Was a very pleasant 3 hours and the competency of the kitchen team on a very busy night was very special.

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1  Thank CarolynScout
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

It was all a bit confusing as we were looking for a good seafood restaurant in Dorchester and Billy the Fish seemed the obvious choice only it is now Sjelley's Plaice. Once we had got over this and actually found it we had a delicious good value lunch.

My wife had fish soup as a main course while I had pan-fried haddock. Beautiful fish, well cooked and simply presented. What more can you ask for. With two ciders, a salad and coffee the bill? £26. A bargain.

1  Thank tcrooks
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

We had a fantastic lunch at Shelley's Plaice - both Shelley and Lorraine gave us a very warm welcome, we were lucky to visit on a quiet lunchtime when the Olympics had run the tourists out of town. Shelley was very entertaining and absolutely brilliant with our two children who were invited to make their own fish fingers and and fish cakes! Menu included great fresh fish and shellfish and we could not decide what to have so shelley cooked some beautiful Samphire which the kids ate up as if it was not a real vegetable and then made us a fantastic fish platter. Great service, cooking and an experience which is what makes great holiday memories. If only there were a Shelley's Plaice in every town!

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1  Thank abrodrip
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