King prawns and chorizo at Bait

Published: Monday 29th February 2016 by wpengine

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Bait Fish and Grill restaurant is situated at the Spring Bank end of Princes Avenue. Two of us went on a cold Wednesday night. The atmosphere is warming and friendly; a rustic feel merged with clean-cut fine dining.

The a la carte menu boasts a really good spread, with lots of different fish and meat dishes. The two of us aren’t vegetarians, but there is a selection of dishes, if that’s what you’re after. It all sounded so tempting, but eventually the specials menu was the one that stood out for me, and the king prawns and chorizo starter followed by the sea bream served with wilted greens, scallops and bacon jam. My companion ordered the Thai fishcakes (also from the specials menu) and the belly pork with tiger prawns from the a la carte menu. We requested the wine list, which was surprisingly extensive. After some deliberation, we ordered a bottle of red, number 18 on their list. My date, who is quite the wine drinker, gave the following review: “a delicate Italian wine from the Abruzzo region in Italy, with smooth tannins, and is a solid accompaniment to a variety of meats”. Clever clogs!

The starters were served promptly; in fact, the service throughout the night was just right, not too quick, and we were never left waiting. The king prawns and chorizo starter was so nice! It was served like a Spanish tapas dish, and it had just the right amount of kick from some chillies. Empty plates (well, little boards for the starters) all round. On to the main courses. The sea bream was melt-in-the-mouth; two massive fillets of fish, it’s a wonder I didn’t get through it all, but my date was there to ensure empty plates once more.

The pudding menu was offered up, and after some umm-ing, ahh-ing and “but I don’t want a big pudding!” we shared the chilli chocolate brownie. It was just the right size if you need a little sweet something after a meal. Another empty dish!

We had such a lovely night at Bait. The bill came to just under £70, which is really reasonable for the amount we had. The waitress who served our starters and the waiter who subsequently served us for the rest of the night were lovely; we had a nice time chatting to the waiter, who was sure to ask what we thought of our meals and the quirky elements of our dishes – like the bacon jam.

I’d love to go back, and will be recommending Bait to anyone and everyone. Thanks for a great night, Bait.

Reviewer: Tory Cliffe

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Published: Monday 29th February 2016 by wpengine

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