Scrumptious Fish Dinner @ Tolcarne Inn Newlyn Cornwall on 9May2015

delicious pan seared scllops with apple sauce

delicious pan seared scallops with apple sauce

our glencree house B&B proprietor andrew recommended & reserved 2pax table for us at tolcarne inn on 9.5.2015.^^

restaurant had many good reviews on tripadvisor. should be great for pre mother’s day dinner. 🙂

tolcarne inn

tolcarne inn

tolcarne inn

tolcarne inn

restuarant was located in newlyn by the sea.

chef ben tunicliffe started abbey restaurant in penzance & won a michelin star in 2003. he sold out in 2008 & went into joint venture at another restaurant but later started tolcarne inn at newlyn in 2012.

the black board

the black board

menu was on the blackboard. it’s like 90% fish!^^

delicious pan seared scllops with apple sauce

delicious pan seared scallops with apple sauce

the pan seared scallops with apple sauce was absolutely magnificient! we saw an nice elderly couple (they were from devon) having that & my wife ordered it. the searing was perfect, texture was firm & scallops were sweet & excellent with the apple sauce. 🙂

pan-fried mackerel with crab cous cous

pan-fried mackerel with crab cous cous

pan-fried mackerel with crab cous cous

pan-fried mackerel with crab cous cous

i took the server’s recommendation of pan-fried mackerel with crab cous cous. somehow they managed to make this as different from the japanese saba (oily robust flavourful which i also like) as can be. this dish was quite refine, almost like poached & pan-fried, without the strong robust flavours but very tasty. the crab cous cous & rockets were excellent sides.

tolcarne inn

tolcarne inn

tolcarne inn

tolcarne inn

the restaurant had a homely bar atmosphere & chatter. the server chatted a bit with us & the couple at the next table. 🙂

pan-fried hake with gnocchi

pan-fried hake with gnocchi

pan-fried hake with gnocchi

pan-fried hake with gnocchi

it was fish after fish, we had fish mains after ably executed fish appetisers, so we high into our quota of fish.

wife liked the pan-fried hake. it was supposedly cod like, but texture wise felt more seabass like. it was superbly executed, very crispy and tasty. the gnocchi & was were also excellent.

pan-fried john dory

pan-fried john dory

pan-fried john dory

pan-fried john dory

& the john dory i had was equally delightful.

i was telling the server that’s not my preferred fish (dory fillet in singapore like so so for me). he replied that perhaps i might change my opinion after this. haha!^^

i liked both the fish main dishes. i think they were quite excellent for a fish dish. of course i still generally prefer meat dishes to fish. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Great Value Wholesome Lunch @ Ristorante La Scogliera Manarola on 19Apr2014

seafood spaghetti in tomato sauce

seafood spaghetti

was raining in the morning & mid day on 19.4.2014. we were not able to take the sentiero azzurro (blue path) which is the coastal route no. 2 trek from monterosso to vernazza.

we were early in apr so not quite the peak. there was still some crowd, and later commotion when someone was apparently pick pocketed. some friends went later in may & commented that the cinque terre trains were late but our experience with it was good, fortunately.

we took the train to manarola. the views were excellent but again the sentiero azzurro (blue path)trek between manarola & vernazza was closed.

manarola was a tiny place so we had lots of time & decided to take lunch there. ristorante la scogliera manarola prominently displayed its 4 trip advisor stars. must say we were not disappointed. indeed cheap & good! 🙂

Ristorante La Scogliera Manarola.

Ristorante La Scogliera Manarola

restaurant was pretty crowded. we were early so we were able to get a table after few minutes before the queue formed up.

seafood spaghetti in tomato sauce

seafood spaghetti

the lunch specials were all about 10euros & 11 euros, and the menu dishes not far off. my seafood spaghetti was about 11 euros, and it was really good very tasty dish. 🙂

grilled octopus

grilled octopus

grilled octopus

grilled octopus

al the grilled octopus we had at lake como restaurants & at miky monterosso were all good, and so was this & it’s just 10 euros.

plate of mussels

plate of mussels

this my idea of eating mussels – wholesome, hearty, a large pot or plate & very reasonable prices (& not the meagre 4 stuffed mussels at miky). haha. i think also around 10 euros. 🙂

scampi pasta in tomato sauce

scampi pasta in tomato sauce

my daughter ordered the scampi pasta in tomato sauce. and they really do their tomato sauce pastas very well in all the restaurants we’ve been, very flavourful & great taste of tomatoes. 🙂

this definitely a lunch place i would recommend for all visitors to manarola. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy