Good Food Guide 2009

As locations go, this one would be hard to beat.  Porthminster Point looks over the sands and the bay towards the Godrevy Lighthouse.  Some readers have been reminded of Australia, which may have been what attracted Mick Smith, himself Australian-born, to St Ives in the first place.  Add to that 'deliciously fresh seafood and wonderful service,' and , as another reporter comments 'what's not to love?' Fowey mussels, crop up reliably, perhaps in a starter with chorizo and a buttery dressing of saffron, coriander and basil, or as an accompaniment to a maincourse dish of paprika-baked hake, wth parsnip fondant, tomato veloute and olive puree.  Dishes are quite robust, but retain both balance and excitement, as when sea bass caught righ on the doorstep (or in the bay, rather) is teamed with a gyoza dumpling of crab and langoustine, and included pink-roasted duck with salsify, peppered spinach and a sauce of pink gooseberries and Cointreau.  Wines from £11.95 complete the picture.

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