This weekend found me in St Issey, visiting my cousin Mel and her family and our cousin Nicola, who lives just around the corner. Long overdue a good catch up and some cousin chat, Saturday night was deemed girls’ night, and we made our way into Padstow to find good food and somewhere special. Because she’s a beaut, Nicola stepped into the car with a smile and announced that she’d booked us in at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, oh happy days.
We pulled up chairs at the bar in the centre of the restaurant, the perfect spot to watch the chefs putting together platters of oysters and all kinds of gorgeous cocktails. Sorry to start with a cocktail description, but this can’t wait…if you ever go, you have to try the warm spicy apple mojito. You just have to…it’s a little bit like Christmas and a summer night out all in one glass, and if you could bottle glowy happiness it would probably taste like this.
We chose our meals from the a la carte menu, and I’m the first to admit that I’m not very adventurous when it comes to seafood. Realising my predicament, Harry, our waiter, suggested I try the Brill for my main, so I went for the H.Forman and Son Smoked Salmon to start, followed by braised fillet of Brill with fresh Wiltshire autumn black truffles, slivers of potato and mushrooms (with a side of chips).
Mel had the smoked mackerel with green mango and Paw Paw salad, followed by seared scallops and succotash with white crab meat, mussels, sweetcorn, crispy Sorrano ham and chives.
Oh. My. God. This food could turn even the most hesitant diner into an impassioned fish foodie. The food was beautiful, Stephane and the team came out to say hello and make sure we were enjoying the food, and we spent the next couple of hours immersed in culinary bliss. We rounded off the meals with a bottle of dessert wine and two portions of hot chocolate fondant, roasted sugared peanuts and vanilla sauce, and it was the perfect setting for a cousinly catch up.
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