Another Great Lunch @ Gurnard’s Head on 13May2015

gurnard's head

gurnard’s head

after a very pleasant morning walk from carbis bay back to st ives, we decided to do the gurnard’s head hike in zennor.

of course keeping in mind doing lunch again at gurnard’s head (the restaurant) on 13.5.2015, after an excellent mother’s day lunch on 10.5.2015.^^

lunch menu

lunch menu

weekday 2-course lunch was just £16, cheaper than sunday lunch. 🙂

pork rillette

pork rillette

pork rillette

pork rillette

i had the set lunch. both main course choices of lamb shoulder or sole were ok for me, but my wife don’t take lamb much so i had the sole which was excellent the last time i had so i was happy to have it again! 🙂

i ordered the pork rillette. i liked duck rillette which is usually served as a nicely braised & tender pulled duck meat in duck fat, very flavourful. the best duck rillette i had was at the clifford.

this pork rillete was presented in a pressed, terrine form, and did have bit of pulled texture. anyway it was very flavourful & nice.^^

dressed crabmeat aioli

dressed crabmeat aioli

dressed crabmeat aioli

dressed crabmeat aioli

dressed crabmeat aioli

dressed crabmeat aioli

wife ordered ala carte.

she had the dressed crabmeat appetiser dish. we took 1/2 a share & swapped dish as usual.

we both thought the pork rillette was a far better dish. crabmeat sandwiches were famous in cornwall & we had a very good one at sennen cove. the mistake here was the dressing. next time when we see ‘dressed” we would ask for the dressing to be serve separately. this felt like thousand islands kind of heavy dressing (we like never take thousand islands)..the aioli could not rescue it. such a waste as the crabmeat here always sweet & tasty on its own w/o any dressing.

whole megrim sole

whole megrim sole

whole megrim sole

whole megrim sole

my whole megrim sole as tender, sweet, tasty as ever. especially with the pickled capers & the olive oil sauce. truly excellent!

duck leg

duck leg

duck leg

duck leg

wife decided on the duck leg. we asked the server & she kind of said it was like a duck confit.

wife actually liked it. i thought nothing of it though. it tasted like the cold storage roast chicken flavour (where the roast flavours is concerned). duck was ok. i think even the duck leg confit at concetto or saveur’s duck leg confit was far better than this.

flat white

flat white

we had a flat white. it was only £2.50. & this here was really good, such a great cuppa!

c.h.e.f andy

Sunset Dining @ Porthmeor Cafe on 12May2015

glorious sunset

glorious sunset

after visiting the charming st michaels’ mount & gardens in the morning followed by lunch at mackerel sky at new street penzance, we arrived at our wonderful trevose harbour house B&B at st ives on 12.5.2015 about 3pm.

we had a nice walk around the st ives harbour & beaches & went to dinner at porthmeor cafe at 8pm.

porthmeor cafe

porthmeor cafe

porthmeor cafe

porthmeor cafe

porthmeor cafe overlooks porthmeor beach. it has a casual, a cool ambience, great place to chill.

it was still bright at 8pm. we had a wondrous view of sunset as we dined.^^

seared scallops

seared scallops – £6.80

seared scallops

seared scallops – £6.80

we ordered 5 tapas & 1 dessert plus a prosceco. we felt the price was bit high for the portions.

scallops were good, nicely seared, good herbs & condiments. still the scallops at tolcarne inn were far better by comparison.

marinated aubergines

marinated aubergines – £5

marinated aubergines

marinated aubergines – £5

the aubergines were very good, great flavours.

grilled tuna, thai peanut butter

grilled tuna, thai peanut butter – £7.50

the chef obviously had quite a bit of thai & asian influence.

grilled tuna, thai peanut butter

grilled tuna, thai peanut butter – £7.50

grilled tuna though was quite flat, not much taste, improved a bit with addition of quite a bit of table salt & taking with the peanut butter sauce.

grilled baby courgettes & fig

grilled baby courgettes & fig – £5.50

grilled baby courgettes & fig

grilled baby courgettes & fig – £5.50

the grilled courgette was not as good as the eggplant

seared duck breast

seared duck breast – £6.80

seared duck breast

seared duck breast – £6.80

seared duck breast was among the best dishes.^^ nice, tasty, firm duck breast. very good. i may try doing a sous vide seared duck breast again!^^

salted chocolate with clotted cream

salted chocolate with clotted cream

salted chocolate with clotted cream

salted chocolate with clotted cream

the servers made a mistake & we were served a dessert, a salted chocolate tart we did not order. we informed the server & she said we might as well eat it (w/o charge) since she could not serve it to anyone else. 🙂

it was very good though, in fact it turned out to be better than the grilled banana we ordered.

grilled banana, salted caramel, clotted cream

grilled banana, salted caramel, clotted cream

grilled banana, salted caramel, clotted cream

grilled banana, salted caramel, clotted cream

the grilled banana, salted caramel was not great.

flat white

flat white

coffee was good!

glorious sunset

glorious sunset

glorious sunset

glorious sunset

& the glorious sunset, better! ^^

c.h.e.f andy