Dorset Foodie Feed was kindly invited to try the new Rockfish restaurant that has recently opened on Poole Quay and since we have only heard lovely things about the Rockfish restaurants, we eagerly accepted the invite!
Rockfish opened their first restaurant in Dartmouth in 2010 and have continued to open a small gaggle of fish restaurants since the success of that first one. At the core of the Rockfish brand is an insatiable love for fresh, sustainable fish… as fresh as you can get it! …which is why you will only find a Rockfish establishment next to the water.
The Poole restaurant has taken over the Poole Pottery building right on the Quay front and it takes full advantage of the beautiful, high vaulted ceilings. The restaurant space is kitted out with a variety of tables and booths, (all painted in pale creams and blues) and with an open kitchen at the rear of the restaurant to watch the chefs at work. There is also a ‘Chart Room’ available for meetings and private hire.
When it comes to the menu, as you would expect it is stuffed full of fish dishes. From a half pint of prawns to oysters and a more traditional battered fish and chips. What makes their menu a little more unique is the list of fish printed right onto the tablecloth. True to their belief that their fish tastes good because it is exceedingly fresh, they have daily specials created from the fish that has been caught that morning, which is written directly onto your tablecloth (in our case by our friendly waitress, Jas).
To be honest it all sounded great and after much dilemma, we ended up choosing baked scallops and a half pint of prawns to start, followed by two of the specials – the Pollock (served with ‘endless fries’ and a lovely lime mayonnaise) and a fresh, cuttlefish dish served with a garlic butter sauce.
It was lovely to know that the fish we were eating was so fresh and you could certainly taste it. In terms of price, main courses cost between £14 and £20 with the average being around £15.
We were pleased to see that the dessert menu was adventurous and we shared a passionfruit Baked Alaska which was as delicious as you might expect!
Rockfish is a great addition to the bustling Quay area of Poole. It is open and airy, has great food and certainly gives you that ‘I’m on holiday’ vibe …and don’t we all want that?!
You can check out the basic menu on their website and the specials change daily – www.therockfish.co.uk/restaurants/poole/
9 The Quay
|Invited by PR company?||No|
|Guest of chef/restaurant/owner?||Yes|
|Restaurant/outlet knew ahead we were bloggers?||Yes|
|Was the meal complimentary from the restaurant?||Yes|
|Any complimentary items provided by restaurant/outlet?||No|