Ate at this Spanish themed restaurant with 5 others for yet another sub "£20.00 a head" Christmas menu. So used to these occasions being remembered only for their mediocrity I needed to be dragged along by my partner!
Am I oh so glad to have gone.
Between the 6 of us we had the majority of dishes on their Christmas menu the starters included a superb homemade chicken liver, chestnut and thyme pate and a delightful medley of seafood in a wonderfully light tempura batter served with chilli the other 2 choices on offer were a salmon and a goats cheese dish.
As I cynically awaited the usual "xmas" tepid main course to arrive with over cooked veg I was totally wowed by the dishes that were served to our table by the great waiting staff, 2 of us had the perfectly cooked fillets of gilthead bream pan fried with king prawns served on a bed of herby mash with a poached grape and white wine sauce. 3 of our party had the slow roasted turkey & chorizo ‘cassolo’ in a rich tomato sauce with onions, olives, peppers & lentils superbly executed the final main enjoyed by our party was the slow cooked pork cheeks and broad beans in a red wine gravy served with herby mash and roasted root vegetables again simply faultless in both presentation and preparation. The mash in particular was to die for,
We crowned our meal off with a selection of very naughty desserts, again ALL homemade including Baileys cheesecake, Key lime Torte and a White chocolate Pannocotta with a mixed berry coulis, each one simply spot on.
What I learnt: Not to be a grouch, there still exist little provincial gems like the Crow's Nest that in our experience is punching way above it's weight and doing it with apparent consummate ease any "big boys" locally best look out!
Amazingly they told us that they still have available xmas bookings, do yourselves a great big favour and book before this menu disappears with the ripped wrapping paper needleless Christmas tree!
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