Sunday, November 4, 2012

Watts & Co Review

Well it's been a while since I've posted so as a slight departure I thought I'd try a restaurant review.

Watts & Co opened last year and I've been a few times but a rare opportunity presented itself for Mrs B and I to get out without the kids.Trying to fit as much as possible into our date night we booked early as we planned on a trip to the cinema afterwards.

We arrived and were seated in the bar area where we were presented with our menus and wine list. The menu which turned out to be the earlybird had a good choice of starters and mains, however nothing that really made me go WOW. Before I could start to feel disappointed the waiter arrived with the weekend dinner menu and this time I did go WOW!, there was less of a choice but I could quite easily have ordered any of the dishes.

The menu was impressive and littered with seasonal ingredients, venison tartar, roasted wood pigeon, salt baked celeriac, seared scallops and pork belly amongst the choice of starters. The mains were every bit as appetising loin of lamb,cod, brill, pheasant and a selection of steaks gave us both too much choice.

Eventually I settled on the seared scallops served on a white chocolate & parmesan risotto with truffle oil and Mrs B went for the chargrilled & salt baked celeriac with pickled raisins and smoked apple purée. For mains Mrs B had a craving for steak and decided on a fillet and for the season that's in it I chose the roast pheasant with pearl barley and game jus. Since we we were having meat and game as mains we decided on a reasonably priced Australian Shiraz.

Sitting waiting to be seated in the main restaurant having a glass of wine we saw one of the young waiters, obviously just back from his break, coming in with a takeaway pizza. Not a great impression if the waiting staff have to eat takeaway!

After being moved into the dining room by the pizza eating waiter we were seated at a spacious table, nothing worse than a small table. The tables were spaced well so you don't end up sitting on the next tables knee or overhearing their conversations.

Starters were served and they looked every bit as good as they had sounded on the menu, the presentation was spectacular and the portions were perfect.


The scallops were amazing, the flavour of the white chocolate combined with parmesan and the truffle oil provided the perfect accompaniment to the succulent scallops. Mrs B's smokey celeriac along with the sweetness of the apple purée was something i wouldnt have ordered myself but a really interesting flavour combination.
Staff were very attentive and the modern decor provided the perfect setting for a very relaxing evening without children. The one complaint i would have is the doorbell, every time a course is ready the bells ring out for the waiting staff to come into the kitchen. On the plus side you know when your food is coming on the negative side it's loud and reminds me too much of a cheesey chinese takeaway.

Main courses arrived and again the presentation was great, Mrs B's steak was cooked perfectly and acompanied with crispy skin on fries, pepper sauce and a side of seasonal veg from white oaks organic farm. The steak was melt in your mouth and the veg was a real highlight with honey roasted swede, carrots and parsnips. Mrs B's only complaint was that her peppered sauce was too watery although it didn't lack any flavour.

The pheasant was presented on a bed of pearl barley with a game jus, the richness of the sauce along with the pheasant was again a perfect comination. Garnished with greens and what i think was deep fried parsnip roots, each mouthful was an autumnal pleasure.
We hadn't planned on a full three courses more a quick bite and i'm not much of a dessert person but Mrs B 'had a look' and i ended up ordering a buttermilk panacotta which was just my sort of dessert not too heavy. Mrs B ordered the ginger parkin, a sort of oat cake with a huge smack of ginger and golden syrup served with a butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream it was very moreish.
It had been a while since we had been out but we'll definitely be getting back to Watts & Co before very long, a fantastic meal it really was our pleasure to enjoy such fantastic food. As for the young waiter ordering in pizza he doesnt know what he's missing!

Watts & Co
164 Spencer Rd
Derry
Tel: 02871 346040

6 comments:

  1. DING DONG..... Kind words Darren appreciate the time took to put review together thanks for joining us at the weekend hopefully see you and Mrs B again soon leave the door bell thing with me

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    1. You're priveliged with my first restaurant review ;-) glad it went down ok really enjoyed everything we will be back soon

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  2. I closed my eyes and gave a satisfied slow sigh, wish i could have these now even after having a great lunch from
    Toscana

    Temple Bar Restaurants

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  3. what a great combination of flavors, and I love grilling pizza it's so fun.


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  5. I were closed my eyes and imagine that I am in the restaurant enjoy the pizza. Last week me with my family enjoyed great pizza that made in a wood fired pizza ovens. It was so delicious and testy. I'd love to enjoy the wood fired pizza like this.

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