Review: A world of seafood at Bait

Published: Monday 6th March 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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If you like seafood, you’ll love what Bait on Princes Avenue has to offer.

Specialising in “the fruits of our waters”, the fish and grill restaurant uses fresh, local produce throughout its impressive menu.

Wanting to know what all the fuss is about, we paid a visit this weekend for a three-course meal.

As soon as we entered we were greeted warmly by Jack, who let us choose our own table and made us feel very welcome.

He was also very patient, allowing us to really take our time deciding what to order. Once the decision was made, the starter arrived shortly and the feast began.

Bait - mussels

We started off with a kilo of Shetland mussels in white wine and cream sauce. This came in a proper mussels pot with crusty bread, which we complemented with two side dishes of halloumi with capers and tomato salsa.

Being big fans of mussels, we’ve had them on many occasions. However, this was the first time that they came in a range of sizes, with each one easy to open and not a single morsel missing from its shell.

Cooked to perfection, this substantial seafood starter was absolutely delicious, and the halloumi (top image) went extremely well with it.

Bait - sea bass

For our main courses we went for the sea bass with roast chicken dressing, champ mashed potatoes and charred baby leeks, and king prawn laska with sticky rice and toasted cashews, respectively.

The sea bass was expertly prepared, packed full of flavour and presented in a way that excited the taste buds from start to finish. The mash was smooth and creamy and the leeks added a wonderfully fresh and intense tang.

Meanwhile, the thin gravy was so appetising that it could have been served as an aperitif.

Bait - king prawn laska

Similarly, the king prawn laska looked great and boasted an amazing aroma. The colours, arrangement and flavour were all testament to the chef’s passion and skill.

What surprised the diner was the size of the prawns. They were king prawns, granted, so they were meant to be large, but Bait’s catch must surely have once been rulers of the ocean.

If you haven’t had laska before, it’s a spicy soup that in this instance comes with fluffy white rice. Well worth going for if you want to experience some deep and exotic flavours.

Bait - panna cotta

By this stage we were pretty full, yet we couldn’t resist the dessert menu. We both went for the pink peppercorn panna cotta, mainly because the idea intrigued us.

When they arrived we weren’t disappointed. A difficult dish to get just right, the panna cotta itself was expertly made and a beautiful consistency.

Meanwhile, the pink peppercorns added a cheeky little buzz to the dish. This combination was unexpected but very much enjoyed, with the thick cream infused with small pockets of lively zest.

This three-course meal for two with drinks came up to £75, which we thought very reasonable, especially considering our enormous starter.

The atmosphere was stylish, relaxed and friendly, with staff readily available and providing service with a smile throughout.

Located at 13-15 Princes Avenue, we highly recommend a visit to Bait. If you’re not a fan of seafood, the menu also includes chicken, pork, beef and vegetarian dishes, so there’s something for everyone.

Whilst we popped down without a reservation, it might be best to book your table beforehand on 01482 343088.

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Published: Monday 6th March 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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