After the release of the 2017 Sunday Times top 100 Restaurants, I was excited to see a local restaurant on the list. I read the article where industry experts were singing Brassica’s praises, I decided it was definitely worth a visit. I booked for Saturday lunch time, hoping to make the most of their lunchtime prix frixe menu which runs from Monday-Saturday. This set menu gives a choice between two starters, two mains and two puddings and priced at two courses for £15 or three for £19 this seemed like great value for money.
We arrived at Brassica for a late-ish lunch and were welcomed by an attentive waitress. The restaurant is beautifully decorated, with an eclectic array of colorful cushions and throws on the chairs. It was also nice to see some local artwork dotted across the walls of the restaurant.
We were all immediately drawn to the ‘Beef Shin and red wine Ragu with grilled polenta’ dish of the prix fixe menu, only to be then told they only had one portion left – so this was a little disappointing, meaning we had to settle for the considerably pricier main courses ranging from £17.50-22.50.
Our starters arrived promptly, looking and smelling delicious. Between us we shared the ‘Grilled crevettes with aioli’ and ‘Haggis croquettes with pickles’.
The crevettes had been dried in lemon, herbs and olive oil and were so juicy and flavorsome. Served with a crispy slice of bread – the perfect thickness for aioli dipping!
We then had quite a long wait until our mains started to appear. Unfortunately, only half arrived, and we were then told the last portion of Ragu that we were promised was no longer – a little disappointed, and especially after we had been waiting for a while. Having said that, the waiter was extremely apologetic and offered the Grilled Cod with Chickpeas and Fennel as a replacement. As this was my second choice anyway, I wasn’t too fussed; but a little more warning would have been appreciated.
Doubts aside, the problem was quickly resolved and the main courses definitely did not disappoint. The sharing platter of 450g of Hereford rib-eye with rocket and black garlic was stunning, although it wasn’t quite substantial enough and needed one (or two for hungry young men) side dishes to compliment it. Luckily, we had ordered some fries and a chicory, rocket and parmesan salad to share.
Two of us then had the Grilled cod with chickpeas and fennel. The fish was cooked just-enough and flaked perfectly apart as you cut into it. This was sat on a bed of huge chickpeas in a light sauce with chunks of fennel and some sautéed tender stem broccoli.
Although, all pleasantly full, we thought we better order a dessert to share (for blogging purposes of course!). We all agreed on the chocolate mousse cake with ice-cream, which was gooey, rich and chocolatey just as it should be!
Brassica is certainly worth a visit, but make sure to book ahead as they are positively busier after the article was released. I would also recommend booking a slighter earlier table if you are looking to order from the cheaper lunch-time menu as this is clearly very popular.
Brassica Restaurant & Mercantile
4, The Square
Dorset DT8 3AS
t: 01308 538 100
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