The view was gorgeous.
We were greeted with complementary champagne with an orange twist, which had a fruity summer taste.
Oh god. Then the bread arrived. It was warm. I was starving. I thought that’d I’d only have a nibble, but that never works – one nibble leads to the entire basket. It wasn’t the soft, warm bread that got me though. It was the aioli dip, which is a traditional sauce made from garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and egg yolks – tasting a bit like a garlic mayonnaise. It was incredible. I’d hit the point of no return.
All of the restaurants had fantastic set menus, so we thought we’d try it out. Thank goodness I wasn’t here on my own as I’d have a bit of a problem with translating and probably end up having to google translate everything on my phone.
White win is always perfect with seafood.
And ice in white wine is always perfect during the summer.
We ordered starters to share in the middle (this is clearly a definite trend in my life) so we all got to shamelessly try a bit of everything. The fried mixed plate was good, although a bit too much fried things if I were to have it on my own. The best part was the onion rings – they were thin and crisp, therefore you didn’t get too much of a fried taste.
The prawns were okay. I think I’m a bit snobby when it comes to prawns recently only because I’ve had amazing, bubbling garlic prawns all week, so I’d probably have enjoyed it more if I didn’t have that to compare to.
The beef carpaccio was delicious. The plate was licked clean (not literally) before it was taken away.
The rocket salad was also good. A mix of rocket, cherry tomatoes, parmesan and balsamic vinegar, you can’t really go wrong.
Angela, Georgie and I shared the gilt-head seabream baked in salt. I’d never had gilt-head before, but it was so so yummy.
We had the option of complimenting it with a lemon, buttery sauce, or a choice of two different olive oils. We experimented with all of them, and I can honestly say that I couldn’t decide which I liked better. The fish was beautiful with the olive oils, and the lemon-butter sauce was unexpectedly very light and perfect with the gilt-head.
The food had filled us up, but a set menu is a set menu. Unable to decide what to pick, we asked the waiter to bring us what he thought were the top four desserts.
The orange sorbet was refreshing, but a bit too orangey for my taste. If you love orange, then you’d really enjoy this.
The chocolate mousse was delicious. I’ve had my fair share of good and awful chocolate mousses, and this was very good. It was thick without being overly rich, and creamy without being sickly.
The crème caramel was my second favourite dessert. It’d never usually be my choice of dessert, but this made me doubt myself. It was especially good when eaten with the cream, which I usually tried to avoid, but what’s the point. It all went downhill with the discovery of aioli anyway.
The chocolate and hazelnut crêpe was okay. It wasn’t anything spectacular. The kind of dessert you’d try but wouldn’t feel guilty about not finishing.
Sorry, beach body. You win some, you lose some. Although I definitely felt like winning here.