I finished work early (read, on time) for once and so CB and I decided to go out for dinner. It had felt like ages since we had been out for a proper dinner and so it was nice to have some time to chat.
We decided on Bo’Vine on Byers Road. It is part of the Hilton hotel but definitely sits above the usual hotel standard of restaurant. This is the second time we have been and both times we have dined on the market menu where it is £15 for two courses or £19 for three courses. For the quality of food this is an absolute bargain. Naturally I had a cocktail to start. They have a great but small selection of cocktails. All very unique and I had a hard time choosing which one to go for. I settled on a pear tree martini, made with pear vodka, St Germain liqueur and lime. It was beautifully perfumed and very refreshing.
For our starters, CB had the Stornway black pudding, served with a poached hen’s egg, pancetta and red wine jus. I had the smoked haddock bon bons with a fennel slaw and ajo blanco (apparently a cold, Spanish soup made with almonds). Both looked incredible and tasted delicious. The haddock smelled incredible when it arrived and the slaw had so much flavour.
Mains were grilled sirloin for CB (no extra supplement charge for the steak) and fillet of trout with ratatouille, potato fondant and lemon thyme oil for me. Again, the presentation was beautiful and the flavours were amazing. I especially loved the flavours in the ratatouille.
We decided to treat ourselves and share the coconut rice pudding for dessert. It was served with candied pineapple and sugared walnuts. This was my first time trying rice pudding so without anything to compare it to I was really surprised how light it was. I’d always associated it with being quote a heavy dessert. The portion size was really generous and great for sharing.
Overall our second visit here did not disappoint. I also must add the staff were amazing, so polite and just the right level attentiveness.