Here are my reviews for the FEAST Weymouth menus that I have have been lucky enough to sample during the event, I will be adding new reviews as I go along :-
My first FEAST Weymouth menu tastings was at Ayya Bars and their amazing Hao Cow 100% Wagyu Beef burgers, plus a bottle of lager all for £10!! The burger comes in a toasted Japanese Hokkaido bun made locally by Sgt Buns with – well it’s build your own burger time, you get to choose from a whole range of fillers as part of the deal – cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, chillis, pickles, mayo, BBQ sauce etc. etc. etc. You also get a healthy portion of French fries or like I had delicious sweet potato fries. The actual patty is made from the most pampered cows alive, they are massaged and even fed beer! The meat has plenty of marbling for flavour and they really do have a real beef+ taste to them. So head down to the Ayya Bars if you like a lively atmosphere and great gastro burgers
At B+B Weymouth you can even get a breakfast and a glass of buck’s fizz as part of FEAST Weymouth event. B+B sits on the sea front and you can enjoy your breakfast watching Weymouth slowly emerging from its slumber. Breakfast here consists of coffee or @dorsetteauk, glass of Buck’s Fizz, pastries and cereal from the buffet table. Followed by your selection from oven baked bacon, sausage from the Fantastic Sausage Factory, freshly grilled tomato, baked beans, mushrooms and your choice of eggs, plus toast. This is then cooked for you in the open planned kitchen. The sausages where excellent with a good herby flavour to them, great fresh mushrooms nicely fried, yes I throughly enjoyed the breakfast, a really good start to the day and all served by bright & cheery Jen. Please book in advance, not available on Sunday.
Everyone loves a good Ruby Murray & you can as part of the FEAST Weymouth event at the Balti House! The Balti House has been serving up great curries in Weymouth since 1994, out lasting and out performing many others in its wake. I was warmly welcomed by Shalim Abdul, who is the owner of the Balti House and I was given the FEAST Menu. You can choose from 14 different styles of curries made with chicken, lamb, prawn or vegetables. This comes with rice and a naan bread to share, all for £10. I would also recommend indulging yourself by adding a glass of their draft Cobra!! It didn’t take me long to choose the Chicken Tikka Jalfrezi, which is my usual choice of curry! The Balti House is a great modern curry house with plenty of individual seating sections and some pretty amazing water features! The curry was brought to me by Sultana, a polite and most helpful server, she even held my light source while I took the photographs. As the curry arrived the naan took center stage, I never normally order one! But I was so glad this came with the meal, as it was fabulous, great crispy bottom and the top soft & buttery! The chicken was nicely flavoured from the tandoori oven and the sauce with whole green chillies complemented the chicken perfectly. I’m a bit of a chilli head, so the hotness was most welcome – yes this was the best Jalfrezi meal I have eaten in a long time! Thank you Shalim & Sultana for such great service. Now you have curry on your mind, it won’t go away I promise, so you had better just head on down to the Balti House and try their FEAST Menu for yourself!!
Today we visited Fish ‘n’ Fritz to check out their FEAST offer. Fish ‘n’ Fritz opened in 1997 by Paul Hay & of course he has his own secret batter mix. Their FEAST menu is Large Cod & Chips x 2 for £15.00 or a FEAST family meal for £25.00. These are only available in restaurant and thats where Lisa showed us to our table. We ordered two large cod & chips, plus two lemonades. If you have a hot drink, they will top it for you. It wasn’t long before Simone had cooked the two very large pieces of cod and the meal was served. The first thing you notice is the wonderful golden batter (plus the size) and the very hot soft centered chips. Paul’s secret batter is deliciously light and very crispy. There were two very full people at the end of this meal.. Thanks to the very cheerful Lisa for looking after us so well and Simone for cooking the fish perfectly. Get yourself down to Fish ‘n’ Fritz and try their FEAST offer, it is fully licensed so you can enjoy your meal with a glass of wine or a beer.
Opposite the Town Bridge is the Roger’s Coffee Shop, bright and airy, serves great coffee (most generous loyalty card), along with snacks/light lunches and is owned funnily enough by Roger. His FEAST menu, eat in or takeaway – sandwich, salad or gluten free wrap, plus a drink for £5.00. The ham sandwich and coffee is perfect for a midday snack. Roger has plans for a quiz evening and to open a little earlier to serve delicious breakfasts. Next time you are in town and fancy a coffee and a spot to watch the world go by, head to Roger’s Coffee Shop.
Positioned on Overcombe Corner Cafe Oasis enjoys fabulous views of Weymouth Bay, it has been there since 1996 and it is owned & run by Paul Cocks. It is a hugely popular cafe with walkers, cyclers, swimmers, kayakers etc. and it serves great quality food and drinks. His FEAST menu is 2 courses for £15.00 or 3 courses for £20.00 – courses include king prawns, mussels, mackerel, squid, bass, cod, steak & kidney pudding etc. We sampled the starter of king prawns with garlic, lemon and parsley butter. The first thing you notice is the size of the prawns and then the smell of shellfish & garlic hits you. The prawns are firm & sweet, the sauce is divine and the bread is perfect to soak it all up. This is a brilliant way to start a meal, hands on & delicious.
We also sampled his main of North African Fish Stew, this was crammed full of delicious seafood, mussels, scallops, prawns and fish. The Tagine style flavoured tomato sauce with lots of vegetables, was again a bread dunking delight. What another amazing dish that you can enjoy at Cafe Oasis as part of FEAST menu.
You can also have this cheese board instead of a dessert if you like.
Newly opened Les Enfant Terrible concentrates on the freshest seafood and is owned by passionate Chef Eric Tavernier. His FEAST menu is bursting with Dorset’s fantastic seafood and for only £25.00 for 3 courses. We sampled Eric’s Crab Salad with avocado and caviar and it is one of the prettiest dishes on the FEAST menu. Wonderful delicate salad dressed with micro herbs and then the light, wonderfully fresh crab salad – there were more than one ooh as we sampled this dish. If you like Dorset Seafood, Les Enfant Terrible is the place to FEAST.
We also sampled Eric’s main of Fish of the Day, this was Bass cooked en papillote (in foil), with carrots, fennel and orange. Opening the parcel was exciting and heightened as the smells hit your senses. The bass had a wonderful flavour from the sauce & vegetables, all that was needed was a large glass of crisp chilled Muscadet.
On the busy harbourside is No 4 where they concentrate on ingredients from sustainable fisheries and local sourced food. It is owned & run by larger than life Shellie Hind. Her FEAST menu is a taster menu, 6 dishes for £25.00 – (please ignore the headings for starters, mains & deserts it is just one list, you can have two desserts if you wish) dishes include crab, moules, scallop, cod, desserts and their taste of the sea on a plate. We sampled No 4’s Taste of the Sea, this is just one course out of the 6. What a beautiful dish of Dorset Seafood, all fresh and beautifully cooked. The accompanying samphire & crunchy seaweed, were a delight, along with the little pan of lemony, garlic butter with just a hint of chilli. No 4 is the place to head for a relaxed evenings dining and you get great food & wine.
We also sampled one of No 4’s desserts, deconstructed raspberry & white chocolate cheesecake. As you can see it is a flavour explosion on a plate, absolutely the perfect dessert to end a meal.
The Nothe Tavern is tucked up above the harbour at the entrance to the Nothe Gardens, they also have great views of Weymouth Bay. The Nothe has been recently refurbished and their head chef is Luciano Da Silva, who is producing some amazing dishes of seasonal food. The FEAST menu is 2 courses for £20.00 or 3 courses for £25.00 (Tuesday’s and Sunday evenings only) For starter we selected the Ballotine of Chicken, creamy sweetcorn puree and coriander. This is a stunning looking dish, chicken stuffed with Italian sausage and wrapped in Prosciutto, sitting proud on a bed of delicious sweet corn puree. This is a wonderful starter and you can tell it has been made with passion, even the garnish of salad leaves and coriander are beautifully dressed in a tasty vinaigrette. I suggest you head to the Nothe Tavern to sample Luciano’s beautiful FEAST food.
Seafood is Luciano’s specialty, so we had to choose Fish of the Day and we were so glad we did. Todays fish was a very generous fillet of hake, with pea puree, homemade tartare sauce and fries. The fish was beautifully cooked, seasoned and the homemade tartare sauce cut through the richness of the pea puree and sumptuous oil.
Luciano insisted that we try his Lemon Parfait with home-made lemon curd & semolina shortbread. Delicately light meringue topped the refreshing lemon parfait and the curd had a zing of lemon – there was a little piece of dessert heaven going on here!
Newly opened Shelley’s at the Dining Room serves great food cooked by Chef John McInally. Their FEAST menu is 3 courses for £25.00 (Sunday to Thursday only). For starter you can choose from pork, goats cheese or Fried Duck egg with asparagus as we did. The dish is as pretty as a picture and with great contrast of colours against the black plate. The duck egg is rich and oozing, providing the sauce for the perfectly cooked & seasoned asparagus. Shelley’s at the Dining Room is the place to head for great quality food.
You can select pork belly, chicken or gnocchi for mains, with pork belly on the menu it had to be that. Another amazing looking dish with smooth potato and a rich jus, a real meat lovers FEAST! The pork was great and everyone likes good crackling. Plus there were a guard of Langoustines to bring sweetness to the dish.
Although not part of the FEAST Menu, but if you ask nice enough you might be lucky and get one of their knickerbocker glory! This is one of front of house Matt’s specials! As you can see there are three layers, bottom layer was orange jelly, then panacotta topped with raspberry and mango caviar, plus a scoop of vanilla ice-cream & gold leaf! The aim was just to take a few photographs, but 20 minutes later all that was left was a clean glass…
Recent Dorset Tourism Award gold winning The Dorset Burger Company is down by the railway station and is a popular venue for burger lovers. Inside is big, but with some careful design still has that homely feeling. Their FEAST Menu is 2 courses for £15.00, which includes ANY of their home-made burgers! I chose their “The Dorset” a plain burger, but with an extra topping of Dorset’s @coastal_cheese . It comes with fries, coleslaw and tomato relish. The burger was nicely gnarly with a great flavour of beefy goodness and the fries have a spicy coating that are perfect for dipping into the tomato relish. If you like burgers and if you like great atmosphere, then head on down to The Dorset Burger Company and join in the FEAST.
The Pier Bandstand, Weymouth is a wonderful art deco building that was once the place of dreams & big bands. But after the demolition of the seaward end of the pier, it was a lost soul until in March 2015 Al Molo brought the building back to its former glory. Their food is a combination of local produce with the finest Italian ingredients. Their FEAST menu is 3 courses for £25.00 (PRE BOOK ONLY, MAX 4 PEOPLE) You can choose from some classic Italian dishes such as Mozzarella & tomatoes, risotto and of course Tiramisu. The starter of Mozzarella, plum tomatoes and basil pesto caprese, firstly looks stunning on the black plate. The Mozzarella is fresh and delicious, the tomatoes sweet, this is an ideal way to start the meal. If you like eating in restaurant that oozes style and one that has the best views of Weymouth Bay, then head to Al Molo to try their FEAST menu.
The starter of fresh crab and black truffle cake with apple coulis, is another stunning looking dish. I was worried that the truffle may overpower the light crab flavour, but they have the balance bang on. The apple coulis is sharp and helped balance the dish beautifully.
The main of Lamb cutlets served with grilled vegetables, is deliciously simple. The perfectly seasoned tender lamb and vegetables were a delight, all the better with a glass of Abruzzo red wine.
Al Molo’s Tiramisu has a wonderful light but rich mascarpone with lovely soft sponge soaked in good coffee.
Their Chocolate mousse with orange coulis, has a thin coating of white chocolate over a sumptuous rich dark chocolate mousse. This is one for the chocolate lovers out there.
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