Guest review by Mr. V
The Millennium Centre is an awe inspiring building. Being asked to review the restaurant, Ffresh, inside this magnificent building just simply excited me. We arrived through the main entrance and walked down the large spacious foyer, arriving at the bar area which is situated in front of the restaurant.
On entering the restaurant you initially have to walk past the kitchen. We were warmly greeted by a waiter and as it wasn’t overly busy, he let us choose our own seats. We ordered our drinks and when they arrived they were accompanied with some crusty bread on a wooden board, some butter and a carafe of water. If I could have it my way, this would happen in every restaurant as standard!
The interior was clean-cut, brightly lit and well presented with wooden floors and tables and white serviettes. The one side of the room is completely made of glass so there is a nice view looking across to the main restaurant area of the Bay.
When we were presented with the menus we were told straightaway what was sold out and what was nearly sold out which was good, but sadly it just so happened that the best dish (in my opinion) was sold out – red mullet with saffron and carrots.
So, I went for the smoked salmon rillette and cucumber pickle. I was no longer disappointed. This was really good. The smoked salmon was wrapped around soft cooked salmon and the pickle was beautifully sweet and complimented the salmon very well. Delicious. I still think about it…
My accomplish Mrs V had the ham hock and leek terrine with piccalilli. Another good dish although the pickle was a little over powering for me but the terrine was good and the leeks gave it a nice softness.
Onto the mains. I went for the fillet of sea bass, Jerusalem artichoke puree, curly kale and parmentier potatoes. This again was lovely. All the components were extremely complimentary, the fish was very well cooked and the potatoes were crisp on the outside and soft in the middle and the puree was smooth and very tasty. I simply can’t fault it.
Mrs. V had the baked celeriac pudding, tomato and garlic fondue and deep fried tortillas. An interesting dish. The pudding was very soft and smooth and although we thought it was an unusual combination it worked again very well. The crunch from the tortillas, the strong taste of the fondue and a pleasant mellowing of the celeriac pudding. This also came with green beans and the whole dish was very tasty. Although if I had to make a criticism I would say they were a little on the small side – especially if you only went in for 1 course. But if you’re in for all the 3 courses it’s actually a good size as sometimes you can end a meal and feel rather uncomfortable.
Now for the desserts. Mrs. V went for the rich chocolate mousse with poached clementines. The mousse was nice and smooth with a layer of jelly on top and the clementines being poached in a cinnamon concoction were also a good partner to the chocolaty sweetness.
Being a fan of fool I went for the pear and frangipane tart and pear fool. This also came with some raspberry coolie and a sweet thin biscuit. Nice tart and soft and airy fool but the subtle flavour of the pear was maybe a little too subtle for my palette. But a good ending to a good meal.
Price wise, I thought it was all pretty fair, on average from the a la carte, starters range from £5.50 to £6.95, mains from £11.50 to £19.95 and desserts from £5.50 to £7.50. You could also order from a set menu and have two courses for £18.50 or three courses for £22.50. The set menu was actually very good and has most of the dishes from the a la carte menu included.
Overall I was very impressed. The service was also excellent and efficient and the house wine – which I never raise my hopes for was actually quite decent, especially for the price.
My last mouthful was- the smoked salmon with cucumber pickle.
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