The Brazzerie is tucked away in a part of the Barbican that we had yet to explore so it was nice to be able to stumble along, away from the busier areas of the harbour. As we entered, we were greeted by a lot of staff members. I'd probably advise that they have less staff hovering around at the start of the shift because it can be a little off putting when you walk in. We were shown to our table and offered various things that we could add to our meal, including a celebratory pint of Guinness or the accompanying wine list. In my opinion, we really didn't need two waiters to come to our table and wait on us but this wasn't an issue for too long because the restaurant soon began to fill up. Despite all this, the waiters were really friendly and well informed when it came to the dishes on the menu. I shall now do my best to take you through the courses and describe them. I'm not a pro, just yet, so bare with me ;)
Smoked haddock goujon with homemade tartare sauceThis dish was a great way to start our meal. The goujon batter was light and crisp and the fish flaked apart at the touch of a fork. It was a very classic combination of flavours but it was beautifully done. The homemade tartare sauce was also lovely but I could have done without the addition of beetroot because I'm not a massive fan. However, overall, it was a great dish and we polished off every last mouthful!
chilli and lime gazpacho
poached langoustine in a ham consummé with caviar and chives
pan roasted jon dory, chorizo, scallops, keta caviar, pea shoots, squid ink tuile and angel hair pasta
smoked lamb rump w/ crispy shoulder, blueberry compote, cauliflower puree, potato galette and bone marrow sauce
lemon mousse with a basil sorbet
vanilla and rhubarb panna cotta with rhubarb gel, rhubarb ripple ice cream and sherbert
Overall, we loved the experience of the tasting menu and, in our opinion, it was great value for money. The Groupon deal offered us an incentive to try out restaurants in the local area and it also gave us an opportunity to try food that we hadn't eaten before / don't cook on a average day. We'd definitely go back to The Dolphin House to try another of their tasting courses and would love to take some family members along to share in the experience. We are definitely going to make more of an effort to scour Groupon for more deals with our local eateries, particularly when they're this good value! It gave us something to look forward to and also allowed us to take a couple of hours out of our hectic schedules to just enjoy one another's company. Swoon!
Can you recommend any restaurants in the Somerset/Devon area?
If you'd like to scroll through all of my adventures then you can do so.
*As expressed, I was given a £40 voucher to put towards a Groupon deal. However, all opinions are mine and Luke's because, contrary to popular belief, you can't buy us with food....