Good Food Guide 2008

A striking white Art Deco building standing proud on one of the finest beaches in Cornwall, it would be hard to beat the location of this perennially popoular Beach Cafe.  Now open all year round to meet the demand of locals, tourists and the increasing number of second home owners who have decamped to this delightful town, the panoramic views of the sea and harbour from the Mediterranean -style terrace is breathtaking.  Aussie Michael Smith has been chef since 2002, and he has become something of a TV celebrity in that time.  A reasonably priced lunch can range from Cornish mussels steamed with sweet-and-sour Thai sauce and crispy shallots to crab linguine wth chilli, garlic, parsley and Fowey mussels.  The dinner menu moves up a gear in both complexity and price.  Typical starters include spiced Cornish scallops with chorizo foam, fennel and parmesan crisps and star turns amoung the main course include monkfish curry with the addition of tiger prawns, Fowey mussels, sweet potato, tamarind and turmeric.  Desserts might offer orange and bergamont brulee with Valrhona chocolate sorbet or rhubard crumble with lavender and cream cheese ice cream.  The lively wine list starts at £11.95

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