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“Fish stew to die for”
Review of Oasis Bistro & Wine Room - CLOSED

Oasis Bistro & Wine Room
Price range: $14 - $36
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, British, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed October 12, 2013

We visited on a cold Thursday October night, based on a previous trip down this way when Mrs B couldn't get in. While we didn't need to have booked on this occasion, it was encouraging to see that we weren't alone. The welcome was warm and service well paced - what do i mean by that? Well, we weren't left with stinky plates in front of us for any length of time, but, on the other hand, no-one was pushing us to order the next course, pay up and go that is so often the hallmark of the chains. There was just a quiet and discrete check on what progress we were making, to co-ordinate with the kitchen.
Then we have the food which is really a good example of a trend to fresh ingredients, sourced locally, that should be part of a fishing port but isn't always. Try finding the equivalent in Selsey or Bognor and you can't.
Starters were more than competent. I had a good full on soup and Sue a (home?) smoked mackerel salad with none of that oily feel you sometimes get - both of which set up an expectation the the mains would be very good - as they were. The star dish was a north african fish stew, not dissimilar to a real bouillabaisse but packed with sweet/sharp/hot flavours that manage to lift the dish to another level. My other half had a cod loin that was cooked to perfection. For a place this size, the wine list was pretty impressive, but they could do with more by the glass options.
My only criticism of the whole thing was that the prawns in the stew were overcooked (maybe reheated?). That aside excellent, good value for money and so nice to find in a town that was dominated by carelessly cooked fish and chips. A nice young couple seem to be at the centre of this, her out front and him in the kitchen. I wish them well for the future of their enterprise

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Thank Iainby4sChichester
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

We were very pleasantly surprised by the food and service in oasis compared to some other experiences. Midweek in October the town was very quiet so we chose the more intimate venue of oasis. The food was excellent, cod and scallops were very tasty and well seasoned.
A very good bottle of wine and friendly attentive service was a great end to a long day of hiking on the coast.

Thank Gmartindale
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

We had dinner here during our mini-moon along the Dorset coast, and the Oasis Bistro was a great find.
Despite it being only a third full upon arrival and no other reservations, they had to check if they could accommodate us.
The menu choices were great with a la carte and set menu options. Scallops, North African fish stew, cod (needed more seasoning) were all good. Cheese plate for dessert was generous, and the cheesecake was homemade and baked :-)
I felt like I was eating in the owner's front room, with the food being delicious but unpretentious.
A great find - would recommend.

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Thank proodle
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

We have eaten in many of the Weymouth restaurants over the years but we saw the menu in the window and chose the Oasis based on the varied selection of meat and fish dishes plus the good prices. We were definitely not disappointed. We sat in a window seat and the waitress immediately brought bread and olive oil dip. She then recommended the fish sharer which was excellent. For the main course one had cod, one had lemon sole and the other had pork, all were very good. We also had 2 bottles of house white that was well priced.The service was excellent throughout and we were even offered complimentry brandies to finish the meal.

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Thank WalesSteveE
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Having eaten in Weymouth recently and been underwhelmed it was great to find somewhere that took their seafood seriously! We were looking for somewhere with good food for a seafood lover and a vegetarian that would be welcoming to our children as well and we were delighted to find it in Oasis.
The staff were friendly and attentive without crowding, the food was of a very high standard and the children were allowed to mix and match food from the a la carte menu without being made to feel that it was an inconvenience.
Great music, a lovely welcome and great food - what more can you ask for?

Thank HylB
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