THERE are some restaurants that offer so much more than a fantastic meal, and Shaun Dickens
THERE are some restaurants that offer so much more than a fantastic meal, and Shaun Dickens at the Boathouse is a prime example, writes Katie Thomas.
Every time I have been lucky enough to frequent this establishment, I have left with a taste not only of supreme cuisine but also of an atmosphere that is unique to this riverfront sui generis.
On a sunny weekday in May, myself and my colleague Karen French — seated with an spectacular river view — chose from the eclectic and enchanting menus.
To start, the crispy leek, horseradish and beef carpaccio was a masterful explosion on the palate — only to be rivalled by my equally stunning vegetarian option in its exquisite combinations.
We were also spoiled with stunning appetisers, fresh rosemary bread and a selection of butters.
Karen opted for the belly of lamb special for the main, served with wild garlic and smoked potato with a rich, plentiful jus.
This was simply the best lamb she has ever tasted.
I was treated to Jersey royal, pancake, turnip and beurre blanc, with the perfect texture of the pancakes literally melting in the mouth.
We were already very happy, when the tarragon orientated prix dessert arrived to not only cleanse the palate but remind us both of the extremely talented chef at the helm.
Dessert was an absolute joy — a blood orange parfait for my companion and a green apple financier with sage and chamomile infusion that smoked at the table to perform a theatrical conclusion, to a real experience of a lunchtime.
I would thoroughly recommend Shaun Dickens at the Boathouse to anyone looking for something more than a little bit special.
The service is impeccable, the food sublime, and the complete experience can only be described as something to treasure.