It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and Ashley and I went out for a celebratory lunch to The Elephant in Torquay – a lovely restaurant which, somewhat incongruously considering its location (Torquay is a sad shadow of its former Victorian self these days) has a Michelin star.
I don’t have any pictures of the interior, but the design is fab – a mix of seaside kitsch and colonial glamour. Which sounds awful but somehow works. We had a nice table in the window, although it was drizzling and misty outside – well, it was August in the UK, what did I expect?!
We had the set menu, which was good value at £16.95 for three courses, accompanied by a nice bottle of white wine. There were two choices for each course.
To start, Ashley had mussels with crusty bread, which were delicious and plentiful, with a very flavoursome cream sauce.
I opted for the goats cheese salad with green onion oil, which was tasty, but rather lacking in goats cheese (it was underneath the salad, rather oddly, but there wasn’t very much of it!).
For main course we both chose the hake, which was easily the nicest fish dish I’ve eaten this year, accompanied by a side order of green beans in pesto. As an aside, this dish prompted me to purchase some samphire later than day when I happened to see it in Tesco, as I’d enjoyed it so much on the hake, but when I cooked it, it was inedible as it was so salty. Anybody cooked samphire – any tips?
For pudding, Ashley chose this chocolate tart, which looked and tasted a lot better than my crap photograph would have you believe!
I’m not a big pudding person, so I went for my usual choice when eating out: cheese and biscuits.
All washed down with a very nice bottle of Pouilly Fume. Quite delicious.
Going out for lunch with Ashley on a weekday felt really decadent, and was a really nice birthday treat. Unfortunately, the ensuing walk around the harbour and the shops gave me hideous blisters as I’d worn a thoroughly unsuitable pair of shoes – car to bar shoes, as my friend calls them!