If you have never eaten in a vegetarian restaurant, then you are missing a huge treat. Our first introduction was in Bath at the fantastic Demuth’s restaurant where they showed us that vegetarian food is just as exciting and maybe even more flavoursome than meat & two veg! So how did we fail to notice the opening of Tierra Kitchen this year. It wasn’t until the Taste of Dorset Award ceremony where they were finalists in the Innovation category, that we first heard of them (The Watch House Cafe were the final winners)
Tierra Kitchen is the brainchild of Mark Evans. Until recently, Mark ran Bristol’s Café Maitreya, which has a fantastic review by Bristol Foodie! So where better to celebrate my winning of the Best Domestic Chef award and it was so very simple to book a table for lunch. Tierra Kitchen have a nifty booking system which is on the front of their website.
The wonderful sunny weather continues and Lyme Regis was full of holiday makers, along with bearded folk music followers carrying their beer mugs, there for the annual Lyme Folk Weekend. Tierra Kitchen is tucked away just off the main street up Coombe Street just before the Town Mill Bakery. We were shown our table and it was a relief to be away from the hustle & bustle into a very calm interior of subtle shades of green (seating is also available outside overlooking the river).
The restaurant was still fairly quiet and we were brought our drinks with some delicious bread, olive oil & balsamic vinegar. This gave us time to study the menu, which was dated today, so it must change daily, always a good sign! Did I say how calm it was in the restaurant, it felt so relaxing and perfect conditions to enjoy the meal.
There was a separate menu for lunch/brunch for smaller/lighter meals, also we could choose starters and mains, with side dishes if required. For starters Vicky chose Ratatouille Terrine, griddled peppers, aubergine, courgettes, fine beans and cherry tomato. Served with black olive croute. I chose Cucumber and Yoghurt Fritters, with marinated fennel, Caerphilly cheese and pickled blackberries.
Vicky’s Terrine looked spectacular and a good sized portion as well, my fritters looked just as good – now for the taste test! I sliced the cucumber fritter and the batter was so light and crunchy, I added a blackberry, cheese and a slice of fennel to taste – WOW the salty cheese perfectly balanced the flavours of the delicate cucumber with the pickled blackberries & fennel – it really was a delight.
Well the starters were a great success what would the mains bring. Vicky had ordered Tierra Kitchen Butternut Squash and Cheddar Sausages, served with crispy new potato and apple jelly. I went for the Aubergine Roulade, with carrot & almond filling, served with red chilli quinoa, marinated courgettes and muscat grapes.
Vicky’s main was a proper plate of food, with two big sausages as the main event. The sausages were a savoury (can I say that when reviewing vegetarian food!!) sensation, tasty cheddar, good bunch of herbs, with the butternut squash binding it all together
Mine look a little more dainty and my first thought was that it was a rather small portion. Once I started I realised that it might look small, but it was soon satisfying my hunger! I just don’t know how they make the carrot & almond filling to taste this good and again all the differing flavours & textures worked really well, all dressed with some cracking olive oil.
We didn’t have room for any dessert, but I did see a few mouth watering chocolate creations head out of the kitchen. We were so pleased that meal had been a success and that West Dorset has a great vegetarian restaurant, along with really friendly staff…..
Will we return – dam right!!!
1A Coombe Street
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