Brassica in Beaminster was founded by award-winning chef, Cass Titcombe and his wife, Louise Chidgey. The restaurant is in prime position right on the square and its sympathetic decor showcasing Louise’s background in design. Evidence of Cass’s love of food would have to wait until we were inside!
We had been invited along to their opening of their shop Mercantile which is just next door to their restaurant, it sells homeware, food & wine. As expected the little shop had all the best ingredients to make your very own luxurious dining experience! They also had a fine selection of wine, the one that caught my eye was an ingenious wine in a bag (Chardonnay or Rose), this magnum size bag can be easily carried to picnics & events, it also tasted great!!
Cass served delicious canapés fresh from Brassica’s kitchen. We had a table booked in the restaurant in less than 3o minutes, so we tried in vain from eating too much!
The restaurant has a wonderful fresh feel to it, all in neutral colours but highlighted with bright paintings & vibrant cushions. Check their website for photos, the ones I took just didn’t do it justice!
The menu changes daily and has dishes from all over Europe, it has that feel of those delightful little French bistro’s that you find in each village. Not only do they have the expertise of Cass’s cooking experience, but also the recent winner of the Dorset Seafood Festival Young Seafood chef competition Kiaran Mason!!!
Brassica also has a Prix Fixe menu for lunchtimes (Wed-Sat), where you can enjoy two courses for £13.50 or three at £16.50 – perfect for ladies that lunch.
For starters I selected the prawns & razor fish with garlic & chilli, the look & smells from this dish as it arrived really set me up for the meal ahead. The prawns were delicious, with just the right amount of garlic & chilli dripping from it. Lethal when wearing a new shirt, but thankfully help was at hand as a damp cloth was brought in from the kitchen!
Vicky selected the courgette, chilli and mint bruschetta, which looked impressive on the vibrant blue plate (you can actually buy these plates next door in Mercantile!!). The topping was summer fresh and delightful, but the bruschetta a little tough.
For mains I ordered hake with roasted cherry tomatoes & chickpeas along with a side of fried potatoes with aioli. This dish again looked stunning , the hake was cooked perfectly and the fumet was packed full of delicious flavours!
Vicky’s chose the Burrata with pea polenta, basil and vine tomatoes, again looked stunning and had wonderful flavours, but it was all bit soft and needed some crunch!
After all the nibbles we just couldn’t squeeze in a dessert! We really enjoyed the meal, but we both felt it was just a little too expensive and maybe the lunchtime offer would be a better choice if you are heading their way.
Brassica Restaurant & Mercantile
4, The Square
Dorset DT8 3AS
01308 538 100
|Invited by PR company?||No|
|Guest of chef/restaurant/owner?||No|
|Restaurant/outlet knew ahead we were bloggers?||Yes|
|Was the meal complimentary from the restaurant?||No|
|Any complimentary items provided by restaurant/outlet?||No|