We sampled the vegetarian options at Fifteen at Watergate Bay and this is what we thought…
PUBLISHED: 10:02 06 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:02 06 June 2018
Abby Driver heads to Fifteen at Watergate Bay to enjoy five dishes showcasing the best in veggie food
If you’re after excellent food with a serious side of sea views, you can’t go wrong with Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall overlooking Watergate Bay.
Head chef Adam Bank has a ‘root-to-tip’ philosophy which aims to make use of the whole plant to reduce food waste and he believes that vegetables should have as much importance in dishes as fish and meat. And so the new Vegetarian and Vegan Tasting Menu was launched and I – a vegan bored with chips and salad - couldn’t wait to try it.
We arrived on a chilly Monday evening, but despite the weather, the restaurant was abuzz with couples and bigger groups. While it was dark out, so no sea views, there was plenty of action to be seen in the open kitchen. We perused the tasting menu over a glass of wine and some full flavoured fat olives while waiting for our first course.
The antipasto introduced us to some interesting flavours, though I think it’s safe to say fermented pea juice is something I’m glad to have tried, but won’t repeat again! Next up I was brought a plate of squash carpaccio, kale, artichokes and buckwheat which was an absolute treat to tuck into. I loved the vegetable-focused menu and the buckwheat added great texture to the dish. My vegetarian dining partner enjoyed burrata (a fresh Italian buffalo milk cheese) with honey brined radicchio topped with pomegranate and pistachios.
Next came the creamy risotto which was delicious and suitably pepped up with the zing of wild garlic. The hazelnuts added some crunch and perfectly completed the other flavours. Meanwhile, my dining partner enjoyed a bowl of scarpinocc pasta with ricotta and walnut.
It’s fair to say we were both starting to get quite full by this point, but the next course was my favourite – a gorgeously presented plate of charred beets with rhubarbs and walnuts. The beets were an absolute delight, already quite a strong flavour it was intensified with the charring and like nothing I’d eaten before. Definitely one I’ll to try and replicate at home. My dining partner tucked into an interesting combination of tardivo, cannellini and broccoli topped with pecorino and cured egg. Somehow we managed to find room for desert. I opted for the vegan chocolate fondant and it was easily one of the best vegan deserts I’ve ever ordered. My dining partner tucked into a chocolate caprese, a decadent type of flourless cake.
If you’re looking for a restaurant to celebrate in style at – or are just after an excellent Italian-inspired menu made with the freshest local produce – I can’t recommend Fifteen enough. The food is excellent, views incredible and staff very knowledgeable about the menu.