We stood obediently at the sign that said 'Wait here to be seated' for about 12 seconds or so, and were then swept to a table by slightly breathless and attentive waitress. She explained she was new. She presented a very reasonable menu, and despite her newness, had a point of view in relation to the wines. We opted for a mid range Spanish Verdejo for c e 22, and settled into the menu. We had been well advised regarding the Verdejo.
The menu proclaimed local produce freshly cooked; this was reflected in Chicken, Prawns, Mussels and Cod. I opted for two starters, including Prawns and Mussels which were mildly spiced in a manner which drew out rather than overwhelmed the taste and textures. Prawns and Mussles were steamed, and large fresh crust of foccacia was provided instead of a spoon to mop up the bottom of the pan - totally scrumbles !
The second starter was spicy chicken wings, and they were very spicy. It was a clean sharp fresh spicy, that only comes from freshly ground spices, skillfully blended.
My best friend opted for Cod topped with lightly curried mussels, and it both looked and tasted the serious eating experience. I am sure there are many aspects to cooking fish skilfully, one of which is knowing instinctively and precisely how long to cook it. The Cod was panfried to perfection, lightly golden on the outside and exquisitely white and flakey on the inside, the whiteness set off against mussles.
The Verdejo just about lasted to a shared Lime panacotta and seasonal berries for afters, which was unanimously deemed another straight '10.' It was rapidly vanishing panacotta.
All of this came to e65 or thereabouts.
Dinners out should be like this always.....
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