Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay
Fifteen Cornwall is a restaurant I have been dying to check out the whole time I have been living in Cornwall. It’s the type of place you would want to go for a special occasion…although don’t get me wrong I would be more than happy to be wined and dined there any night in the week… so I was over the moon to be taken there for my first wedding anniversary.
The restaurant has a really unique backdrop and is tucked away in the cliffs at the beautiful Watergate Bay. The menu consists of Jamie Oliver’s Italian specialties with Cornwall’s fresh local produce.
I have been to Fifteen Cornwall for breakfast before, however the evening dining experience was something else. As soon as we arrived the host immediately made us feel welcome by taking our coats, taking us to our table and making the effort to talk to us. He explained the menu in great detail…in case you don’t know it is a five/seven course taster menu with wine pairing…so it was good to have a clear understanding of this. Alongside the exemplary service the restaurant ambiance was spot on…it was so classy and you couldn’t help but feel optimistic about the evening ahead.
We were lucky enough to be offered a window seat and because the weather that evening was so beautiful all the windows were open..it was just stunning. We decided to go for the five course taster menu which consisted of Bread and Olives, Antipasto, Insalata, Primi, Secondi, Dolci and an expresso to finish. We also ordered a bottle of champagne rather than the wine pairing. Again the service was impeccable, our waitress kept the bottle of champagne in the chiller and kept a close eye on our glasses…as soon as we were down to a certain point she was back to top us up.
BREAD, OLIVES AND ANTPASTO
The Antipasto was chargrilled Sennen day boat squid and zucchini. I was really surprised at how flavoursome this dish was, especially as squid can sometimes have a delicate taste. The mix of parsley and zucchini really complimented the squid, making it taste really refreshing.
INSALATA AND PRIMI
For the Insalata course, I went for the Burrata with heritage tomatoes and basil. The other choice was Prosciutto di San Daniele, Italian fig, almonds and funky leaves…I don’t eat meat however I was told it was really good! My choice was incredible, it was full of flavour and the tomatoes were so tasty and sweet.
We shared the Primi course because they both sounded amazing. The options were between Tortellini of Cornish crab with seaweed pangrattato and Aged carnaroli risotto bianco with rock pesto. Again both choices were flavoursome…especially the crab.
For the Secondi course I went for the Line caught sea bass with lentils and purple sprouting broccoli. The alternative option was Beef filet with polenta, Italian greens and wild mushrooms. The sea bass was incredible! It was cooked so well and had that perfect crispy top. The lentils were a really good addition to the dish and added extra texture and flavour. I was so pleased with this.
By the time the Secondi course was served, the sun had gone down and it was an incredible sunset.
DOLCI AND COFFEE
For the fifth course the choice was between Dolci or Formaggi. I have the biggest sweet tooth so clearly went for the desert. The dolci was absolutely devine, amedel chocolate and almond torte, raspberries and mascarpone with crushed macadamia nuts. After the Dolci course we were served expresso and sweets which was the perfect end to the five course meal.
Based on the outstanding service, high quality food, relaxing atmosphere and the unique back drop, I highly recommend Fifteen Cornwall. The whole experience from the moment we arrived through to when we left was out of this world. It’s really nice to go out for dinner somewhere special where you are well looked after.
The thing I enjoyed the most about it, was that we made a whole evening of it. Sometimes when dining with one other it can feel like you are in and out within a short time period. However, with Fifteen Cornwall it felt like you could enjoy the view and the champagne in between each course and it was a completely different dining experience.
If you didn’t know this already… the other great thing about Fifteen Cornwall is that behind the scene it is tied in with a the Cornwall Foundation Trust. The trust offers work to disadvantaged young people in Cornwall as well as a platform to encourage them to develop and help them discover their true potential.
If you are thinking of going of booking a table at Fifteen Cornwall this weekend then I highly recommend you do so…go on…book now!