Monday, 21 July 2008

Review: Coast, Fishguard

OK, i think Kels and I unanimously agree that our meal at Coast this past week is currently our #1 rated meal of the year. Everything about the evening was perfect, from the moment we were seated to our last sips of brandy and coffee with gorgeous puds.
Coast is just a skip across the road from Bar 5 where we ate earlier in the week. We again took a chance and came without booking. We arrived at 6:30 pm and there was still a 'closed' sign on the door, so we nipped back to Bar 5 for a quick drinkie. When we came back the 'open' sign was hanging on the door and our wonderful hostess was able to give us a table.
Everything about the space oozes cozy comfort: exposed beams on the ceiling, rustic wooden tables, an upright piano tucked in the corner, and a leather sofa next to a cast iron fireplace. There is room for about 30 covers, which meant we were very lucky to get that table when we did. At least 3 other couples also tried their luck and were turned away for that night.
For starters I had Blue-Black beef fillet. It was seared on the outside and wonderfully rare (blue) on the inside. Thinly sliced, it was served with a refreshing coriander salad, and steamed jasmine rice. Kelsie had fishcakes generously featuring salmon, with a homemade tartare sauce. Our mains were steamed Sewin(sea trout) fillet on a cucumber salad for me, and a mains portion of Seared scallops with a shallot puree for Kelsie. Our sides were steamed new potatoes and spring cabbage tossed with mint. Finally, the puddings were vanilla creme brulee with cherries compote for Kels, and a gooseberry fool for me.
There was 1 server that night and she handled the tables with effortless, and pleasant ease. She really made the evening a delight for us and even when all the orders were happening at once, kept her cool and took care of all the customers.
This was exactly the kind of eating out experience I love to have. From the inventive recipes using the best of local produce, to the inviting and comfortable surroundings, to our most professional hostess -- all of these added up to a dinner we'll be remembering for quite some time.

COAST / 28-30 Main Street, Fishguard

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