The Cafe has a nice relaxed feel to it which, no doubt, accounts for it being very busy. There’s an eclectic menu which majors on seafood. Service is also relaxed – folk who enjoy watching paint dry will feel quite at home.
There was a healthy starter of salad leaves, celery, apple, grape and walnut, dressed in a tart, slightly too lemony dressing. My own starter was much less healthy but no less delicious. Three duck spring rolls – crisp and light – with a dipping sauce of soy, sesame and chilli.
For mains, little neck clams surrounded the edge of the plate. In the centre, linguine with a garlic, parsley and white wine sauce. It may not have been the best choice as, although the pasta sauce was excellent, the clams were a little too chewy.
After several days of relativelt bland food, I was ready for some spice. It came in the form of a bowl of mixed seafood – mussels, scallops, king prawn, indeterminate white fish – in a fragrant and quite poky curry sauce. A good dish in itself but the textures were enhanced with a crunch from apple and mangetout peas. A little rice had been mixed in and I’d have been a happier bunny if there had been more.
Desserts were as good as the earlier courses. Strawberry shortcake (although the texture was more scone like) was simplicity itself. The cake split open with cream and strawberries filling it. There was cinnamon making a somewhat incongruous presence in there as well. A “top hat” brought flourless chocolate cake, topped with cream and ice cream. Excellent texture to the cake and the calming influence of the ice cream was just what was needed after the curry.