A Sunday lunch venue without a traditional roast! Like many people, we are trying to cut down on meat intake, so we opted for our first visit to the renowned on this trip to Bath. The restaurant is small, and diners are crammed in, but we were placed at the back near a window so although no views (a blank wall!) a breeze was nice. The menu offered 4 starters and 4 mains, and I chose carrot and cashew pate, which came with thinly sliced toasted sourdough - delicious. M had truffle broccoli, followed by miso roasted aubergine served on buckwheat and toasted sunflower seeds and a star anise puree. My main was ricotta fritters served on a bed of cabbage with pumpkin seeds, coasted cherry tomatoes, and we added some polenta chips with rhubarb ketchup judt because they sounded (and were!) tasty. M had room for an orange posset with rhubarb and gingere ice, which I tasted before he hoovered it all down and it was divine, and a lovely fresh balance to the richness of previous flavours. My criticism of the ricotta fritters was that they were coated in a heavy (semolina?) crust and fried but this coating was leathery when on the plate and I scooped out the filling and left the outsides.
Apart from that, Demuths goes on proving that vegetarian food is not dull and hefty, and we left feeling that we could improve on the textures and flavours of home cooked veggie meals for ourselves. Educating people to cook non-meat meals well is a huge part of this battle, after all, with the world needing to consider its options for farming and food production, coupled with the disgusting imbalance of third world starvation and western obesity problems.
My only request - drinks menu included a few homemade fruit based drinks, but nothing in the way if vegetable juices, which would, I think, add to the excellent choices.
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