Saturday, February 18, 2006

Clarks Restaurant - Big on Courgette, Big on the Causes of Courgette

Went out for dinner last night to Clarks Restaurant.

Very friendly, cheerful waitress with excellent service, not intrusive but popped up immediately as soon as she was needed.

We were offered a jug of water without asking which was impressive (although it never occurs to me in time to say don't put bloody lemon slices in it - I HATE this convention, it's like drinking disinfectant*).

We were booked in at 7:30 so it would be reasonably quiet, but needn't have worried - the whole time we were there, there weren't more than two other couples dining. This is obviously going to go the way of any other restaurant in Falmouth that I decide I like, and promptly close down (but I hope not).

Comfort-wise, the table was bizarrely high, it was like leaning over a wall - made it very awkward to read the menu and so on because your arms were forced into an odd angle - also, there was a very deep bit of wood under the tabletop, which meant I couldn't cross my legs (but if they'd made the seat any lower my chin would have been in my dinner because of the table height). I did thoroughly approve of the fact that the fairy lights round the window weren't on though. Too many places have evil little migraine inducing spotlights these days.

In terms of price, very good value - a three course dinner for two, with wine and coffee for £60.

To start with, C. had the sweet potato soup, which was good 'n thick 'n tasty (no jokes please), and I had prawns in garlic sauce, which might have been better done with big buggers rather than the little frozen shrimp jobs, but it was very very tasty, and had bread to mop up the sauce. The only bum note being that there was a napkin under the bowl that was absolutely sopping with whatever sticky orange gloop they'd drizzled over the salad.

This was followed up with duck breast in raspberry and redcurrant sauce, and I had the rack of lamb in rosemary and thyme (cue Felicity Kendall gags) red wine sauce. Both dishes were garnished with half a courgette, sliced (unevenly) lengthways. Why? And was it the end bits that had been floating in the soup earlier?

Both dishes were delicious, but the strength of the sauces made it hard to identify the actual meat flavour (and next time could you skip the huge chunks of badly peeled boiled carrot in the veg dish?).

Slightly disturbed by the sign in the loo which said something like this lavatory is sanitised weekly. Weekly? Ewww. Hopefully they give it a bit of a wipe more often that that. Particularly as it's unisex, hence a pool of pee on the floor, (and a broken pedal on the bin meaning you had to pry it open by hand). It was a decent sized, nicely decorated space though.

We both had magnificent sundaes (raspberry, and chocolate & nut) for dessert, with very good coffee. All in all, a very nice evening, good food, good service, and somewhere I would definitely go again.

* probably.


At 2:24 pm , Blogger Matt said...

Glad you enjoyed it. I've had some very nice meals in there, particuarly the rack of lamb.

We shall have to do our best to keep them open!

At 2:37 pm , Blogger Who is this Dave? said...

Unfortunately there's not a lot I can do to keep it open - it's a little far to pop over for an evening.

However, if I'm down your way this summer (possible)...


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