I was lucky enough to attend the Gloucester Road Ale House Seafood Pairing night on 29th March. I didn’t know what to expect not having visited the pub before. I’d walked past it lots but never thought to go in, until now.
The Gloucester Road Ale House enjoyed a major revamp in February 2016. It offers a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere where people can come and enjoy a drink or two, and some delicious food.
This evening, Head Chef Anthony Kendall was cooking up a 5-course seafood tasting menu, with each course matched with wine from the sommeliers at Walter Hicks.
At the start of the evening Anthony came upstairs to talk us through the menu. He had us all listening intently whilst he talked about his culinary travels through Spain, France, India, The Caribbean, and Far East. This is where the menu drew inspiration from.
First on the menu was Trio of seafood, which I was very much looking forward to being a fan of small plates.
Anthony had delicately prepared a prawn croquette with aioli, smoked haddock brandade and Galician octopus with smoked paprika and saffron potato. Bursting with different flavours, the dishes really tied well together! My favourite was the Galician octopus; it went so well with the smoked paprika flavours.
The trio were paired with a Fiano Lunate from Sicily. This was a fruity white wine that matched very well.
Next up Ceviche of Salmon with avocado and coconut. Call me crazy but I’m not a huge fan of avocado, however, this course was fresh, delicious, and the avocado complimented it perfectly.
This was paired with a Torrontes, Martin Fierro from Argentina.
The salmon was followed by my favourite dish of the evening, Seared Scallops, Vietnamese sea vegetable salad and bacon. I wasn’t sure what sea vegetable salad would taste like but it was incredible. Vietnamese flavours with the crunch of the vegetables, and soft scallops, the perfect course for me. I could eat it every day!
The scallops were paired with Picpoul de Pinet from France, probably my favourite wine of the evening too.
On to the main event, (I know, so much fantastic food to get through) Tandoori roasted monkfish with burnt cauliflower and crispy rice cake. Meaty yet tender, the monkfish was delightful. The rice cake: perfectly crunchy.
Served with a Coreto Rosado from Portugal, (a rose wine that was delicious and fruity), the pairing was wonderful!
I say there’s always room for pudding, and in this case, I firmly stand by it. As my last course, I was presented with a warm raspberry cake with white chocolate and cinnamon ice cream. Being more of a savoury person I wasn’t expecting to love this dish as much as I did but, the warm raspberry cake was spongy and moist and the white chocolate and cinnamon ice cream was to die for!
Paired with a dessert wine from Australia, we were on for a winner.
After the meal Anthony, and Filippo (General manager) came up to chat to us about the meal. Both really interested to hear feedback, they were keen to get our thoughts on each course… all very positive!
It was a fantastic menu! Each course delicious and fresh, you could really tell Anthony had spent time on each course. Perfectly cooked, clever flavours. What more do you need?