To start with we were bought out a selection of breads and some oil and pepper to dip it into which was a lovely start to the meal! The chef sent over a couple of extras for us to try as compliments including a delicious citrus shot!
Our first course was ‘Amberjack tartar with almond tofu‘ – I’ve never tried tofu before but I really like this dish, it was really light and tasty too. It was served with a beautiful crisp Portuguese wine to wash it down with. From the first course I was so impressed with the incredible presentation!
Next up was ‘White asparagus on topinambur cream and strawberry‘ which was probably one of the most delicious combinations, ever! I was sceptical of this dish at first as I just kept thinking this probably really shouldn’t taste nice together but oh. my. god it was amazing! I’m definitely going to try this combination at home (although I know it won’t taste anything like this!).
Our third starer (how mental is that?!) was ‘Tonno Tonnato – their master chef dish’ which was a delicious taster of tuna. I wasn’t keen on the ‘jelly’ (definitely not the correct word for it!) that it was served with so this dish was probably my least favourite but the tuna itself was cooked beautifully! As ever, the wine selected for each course was absolutely divine!
Our next course was ‘Fagotelli Carbonara’ aka the best carbonara I’ve ever eaten! This pasta was simply exquisite – there is no other word to describe it! Cheese and bacon pasta will never be the same to me after eating this dish! The waiter explained to us the best way to eat it is eat each parcel whole and ensure it doesn’t break so the full flavour explodes in your mouth as you bite into it and boy he wasn’t wrong! We both absolutely loved this dish and didn’t want it to end!
Our second main course was ‘Sea bass with liquorice crust, spring vegetables and herbs snow‘ – I have to admit this was the best sea bass that I’ve ever eaten, the liquorice crust was really unique and not normally something I would have thought to go well with the dish but it really was amazing! It was Amy’s first experience and she absolutely loved this dish too – I’m sure no sea bass experience will never be the same for her now!
Our last savoury dish was ‘Veal filled with onions, dried fruit, pistachio crust and stewed radicchio‘ – I’ve never eaten veal before but this was something else entirely! I absolutely loved everything about this dish, it just seemed to work so perfectly together and it was essentially the best ‘roast’ I’ve ever had! The gravy was beautiful and went so well with the veal – another amazing dish!
For dessert we had some chocolate cake which was much like a brownie with some yummy ice cream, this dish was so delicious and the perfect end to our meal! It was served with some beautiful dessert wine which was really sweet but just seemed to round our meal off perfectly!
This was probably one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten and every single dish was absolutely spot on from flavours, ingredients, and presentation to the wine it was served with! I honestly cherished every moment of it and me and Amy practically rolled ourselves back to the hotel room both feeling very content after lots of delicious food (and wine!). A huge thank you to the incredibly talented chefs who cooked our meal and the staff who were so knowledgable and fought us things about wine and ingredients we will never forget!
What do you think your favourite dish would have been?