What’s not to like when you hear that a new cafe bistro has opened in Weymouth, one that specialises in seafood and you hear lots of rave reviews on the food.
Sea Beats is owned and run by husband & wife Adam & Lauren Foster and opened this spring. Adam was previously the head chef at the Crab House Café for eight years and also worked at Billy Winters, so he really does know how to cook fish.
It is situated just past the Gloucester Hotel and enjoys great views across Weymouth Bay. As the name says, it is a cafe during the day, open for hearty breakfasts, cakes & coffee’s, tapas lunchtimes and in the evening it switches to a bistro. There is plenty of outside seating, inside it is fresh and very informal, the perfect place to relax and enjoy their food. As you enter the cooking aroma coming out from the open plan kitchen is pure seafood and really sets the hunger pangs going…
The evening menu & specials had as expected lots of seafood, but also caters for vegetarians & meat eaters – all with a light Mexican/Persian touch. We were there with friends from my ex-works and we were pleasantly surprised how reasonable the food & drink were. After a lot of hard decisions we ordered and it wasn’t long until the waft of frying squid drifted across the restaurant towards us..
Yes, I had ordered Calamari with lemon mayo, it was deliciously fresh and tender, with a very light batter and zesty lemon mayo.
Vicky had her obligatory goats cheese with roasted grapes bruschetta, a delightful light starter with some wonderful creamy goats cheese.
Jamie went for the meat option of a smooth & rich chicken liver pate with tomato onion chutney and chunky bread.
He also ordered a succulent & tender 8oz rump steak for his main, cooked exactly how he had ordered = one happy carnivore.
My main of hake fillet was cooked with smoked chilli, served with roasted vegetables & sauté potatoes, with a burnt lime. Subtle Mexican flavours, just be careful the chilli was hot..
Jan’s main was a good sized fillet of cod topped with refried belly pork, sat in a hearty mustard & cider broth, with Puy lentils.
The only vegetarian option of fried halloumi, roasted vegetables, chickpeas, herb rice and avocado quesadilla. It was a little dry and needed an extra sauce, maybe some sour cream and fresh herbs for example. But the halloumi & quesadilla were fine.
Sea Beats Cafe Bistro is just the place for fresh seafood cooked well, served by friendly staff in a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for all ages and tastes.
Sea Beats Cafe & Bistro
86 The Esplanade
t: 01305 767444
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