Marvellous Mother’s Day Lunch @ The Gurnard’s Head on 10May2015

chicken ballotine

chicken ballotine

today is mother’s day in singapore,10.5.2015
(it seems that in UK it was 15mar in 2015, must confess i never knew that!). we all sent greeting messages, and my friends were quite active on the group whatsapps. ^^
yesterday morning on our first day arriving in cornwall, we were blessed with glorious sunshine when we visited minack theatre & hiked a bit at porthcurno & porthgwarra, and later from sennen cove to land’s end.
this morning, weather was ok albeit not a bright sunny day, we managed to visit cape cornwall & botallack mines.
the gunnard's head

the gurnard’s head

after botallack, we decided to press on to the gurnard’s head.
my wife had been reading about the restaurant, and it turned out to be such an excellent mother’s day lunch experience.^^
sunday lunch menu

sunday lunch menu

 we had 1 of the best lunches in UK 2-course for £18.50. my wife said she would skip friday’s set lunch at Dinner (Heston Blumenthal’s Pellegrino 50 restaurant) as it is no better than this!
rye bread

rye bread

rye bread

rye bread

we had complimentary rye bread. the butter was very tasty.

for appetisers, wife ordered a chicken ballotine & i ordered a ham hock terrine.

chicken ballotine

chicken ballotine

chicken ballotine was excellent, light & fast with the sauce.^^

ham hock terrine

ham hock terrine

i was thinking ter kar tan (pig trotters jelly)! the ham hock terrine looked more like a luncheon meat or 镇江肴肉

this was quite excellent, very flavourful if robust. i was surprised that wife took a whole piece. & the sauce & sides were superb.

we were sharing the dishes, which was great as we each got to taste & enjoy the dishes w/o getting satiated with 1 portion. we were saying this was like a 4-course degustation lunch!

prime ribs with yorkshire pudding

prime ribs with yorkshire pudding

prime ribs with yorkshire pudding

for the mains we ordered the slow braised beef ribs, and the whole megrim sole.

beef was more like a prime rib or beef on a wagon. it was a good prime rib, but not the specialty standard of prime ribs at SCC (singapore cricket club). 🙂

the prime rib itself tasted pretty good. & the red wine sauce & condiments – chinese cabbage, potatoes, turnips & carrots etc were excellent too! i recall form my student days 30+years ago they used to match yorkshire pudding with roast beef, & we used to joke that roast beef was like paper – i.e. tough & tasteless. now with modern cuisine it was not just roast beef but a slow braised beef ribs preparation. 🙂

whole megrin sole

whole megrim sole

whole megrin sole

whole megrim sole

i had the whole megrim sole.

the fish was quite sublime, very tender & tasty!^^

i would say the sole was far better than the prime ribs, and for me much better also when compared with the very good hake & john dory we had last evening at tolacrne inn.

the food was excellent & wife was in very good spirits!^^

c.h.e.f andy

Lovely Mother’s Day Dinner @ Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar at Newlyn, Cornwall on 10May2015

£6.95 white wine mussels

£6.95 white wine mussels

after enjoyable walks at cape cornwall & botallack mines followed by a really scrumptious lunch at the gurnard’s head, we decided to have a light dinner on 10.5.2015.^^

mackerel sky penzance was closed for dinner on sunday, so we decided to try the new mackerel sky seafood bar at newlyn (we saw the place when having dinner at tolcarne inn last evening. 🙂

mackerel sky seafood bar at newlyn

mackerel sky seafood bar at newlyn

according to their website, the seafood bar was only open on 1.5.2015. 🙂

we found a convenient parking lot (1 hr free) just facing the restaurant across a small stream.

mackerel sky seafood bar at newlyn

mackerel sky seafood bar at newlyn

mackerel sky seafood bar at newlyn

mackerel sky seafood bar at newlyn

it was 8pm & still bright outside. 🙂

there were like 3 tables including ourselves the whole time we were there.

we ordered just 2 small plates & a salad.

£3 salad

£3 salad

salad was great, refreshing, just cherry tomatoes, some diced tomatoes, mesclun, balsamic cream etc. 🙂

£6.95 calamari aoili

£6.50 salt & pepper calamari aioli

£6.95 calamari aoili

£6.50 salt & pepper calamari aioli

£6.50 salt & pepper calamari aioli is a popular dish, and it was good, nice batter, squid not tough, taste great.^^

£6.95 white wine mussels

£6.95 white wine mussels

mussels was great too, very tasty sauce (wine, butter, lots of onions lightly caramelised).

best flat white i had so far

best flat white i had so far

after that we ordered 1 flat white. that was the best i had so far during this trip, i think equal or better than monmouth, & better than the one i had at sennen cove. so we ordered a second cup.^^

mackerel sky seafood bar at newlyn

mackerel sky seafood bar at newlyn

very light dinner, and cost very little. very nice pleasant ambience.

we enjoyed it very much, for a light bite that is.

c.h.e.f andy