Having undergone a makeover from its previous guise as the Ocean Grill with new owners and a new menu reminiscent of its sister restaurant on the beach, I was really keen to visit the Porthminster Kitchen. I had watched its transformation via social media right up to opening night and was keen to give its new menu a try. I got the opportunity to visit in February 2016 on a business/leisure break with friends.
The restaurant itself has had a very tasteful refurb and feels much more spacious, airy and modern. And there’s a view straight into the kitchen too to see the hardworking chef at work.
Executive Chef Michael Smith of Porthminster Beach Café fame is supported by head chef, South African born, Lee Wilson. Having stripped away gluten and dairy from many of the plates, the menu boasts a range of smaller dishes with fresh flavours, lots of light options all made with fresh local ingredients.
As I visited on a Sunday I was however drawn in by the fabulous Sunday lunch menu. I opted for the pan fried baby squid which is served stuffed with herbs with a lemon zest and Boquerone (English white anchovy). It was cooked to perfection and delightfully light and tasty.
Having overdosed on seafood all week I opted for a Sunday roast of Lamb and what a dish that was. At £11.50 it was truly excellent value too. It was served with all the usual trimmings and lots extra too. For a restaurant that boasts small plates, the roast of the day isn’t and that is not a criticism as much of it is fresh vegetables. The lamb came complete with a tasty mint gravy and of course fabulous roast potatoes.
I didn’t have room for desert but will be back again for a return visit very soon.