Another Enjoyable Dinner @ Tolcarne Inn Newlyn on 14May2015

sacllops & broadbeans

sacllops & broadbeans

our london sleeper leaving penzance at 9.45pm & we planned to return the car to europcar penzance station & drop the key at 9pm. that left us sometime to kill so we decided to go back to tolcarne inn for dinner at 7pm on 14.5.2015.

dinner was as enjoyable as our first here on 9.5.2015 though we were nearing our quota of fish having eaten mostly or almost exclusively fish in this cornwall trip. haha!^^ we left st ives at 4pm as planned & drove to mouse hole (pronounced “mowzul”) and walked around the small town a bit. had sometime before dinner, so filled up the car with unleaded & parked at a newlyn carpark (£1.50 after 6pm) & went to mackerel sky newlyn for a flat white before walking over to tolcarnes inn for dinner.

sacllops & broadbeans

sacllops & broadbeans

as before there was no menu & we just ordered from the blackboard, since they do their daily menu depending on what they got from the newlyn market. we each ordered a scallop. this time there was no scallops with apple sauce, which was excellent last time. the scallops were just as well done, and the broad beans were very sweet & combined well with the tasty scallops. still the scallop apple sauce last time was an unmatched experience.

ray & potato terrine

ray & potato terrine

wife ordered a ray & potato terrine. 🙂 we shared all the food anyway!^^

ray & potato terrine

ray & potato terrine

ray & potato terrine

ray & potato terrine

ray & potato terrine

ray & potato terrine

the ray & potato terrine was really good, quite exquisite, somehow the combination of fish & potatoes & herbs was really perfect. there was the aioli sauce (like alio olio butter) & some vegetables. hmmm…maybe i will try cooking this! 🙂

pan-fried turbot with lemon, salsify dates & red wine sauce

pan-fried turbot with lemon, salsify dates & red wine sauce

the last time we had john dory. we were having a discussion to the server & the next table old couple who were served the last piece of turbot then about plaice & lemon sole & turbot & they were saying turbot was like the top of the range. probably so, i recalled we had that in jaan’s 8-course degustation dinner as well.

this time they have turbot, no john dory.

 pan-fried turbot with lemon, salsify dates & red wine sauce

pan-fried turbot with lemon, salsify dates & red wine sauce

 pan-fried turbot with lemon, salsify dates & red wine sauce

pan-fried turbot with lemon, salsify dates & red wine sauce

 pan-fried turbot with lemon, salsify dates & red wine sauce

pan-fried turbot with lemon, salsify dates & red wine sauce

it was a very good dish, very well done & the sauce with a bit of tangy lemon & sweet date was good…better than the john dory i guess, though both dishes did not blow me away.. the next day son had a pollock at dinner by heston blumenthal which had a flaky, cod like texture. i guess all the fish were as good as they get already, though i still think they were no better than the chilean seabass (patagonian toothfish) at les amis or indeed that which i was served on board SQ!

c.h.e.f andy