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“Very good indeed!”

Verveine Fishmarket Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$24 - US$79
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Verveine is both a traditional village fishmonger and a fine dining restaurant that specialises in fresh fish and shellfish that are caught in the UK shores. We are a multi award-winning restaurant with the accolades of 'best restaurant' and 'chef of the year' for 2011, 'chef of the year', 'best local menu' and 'best customer service' 2012 by Hampshire Life magazine.
Reviewed 3 May 2014

2 of us have just eaten here (Friday Lunch), it was excellent, I won't go into intricate details, but must say the starter of asparagus, pea sorbet, baby peas & pea shoots was amazing, followed by but not exceeded by 63'c egg with diced potatoe & arbroath smokey, next, scallop & pork, then delicious Turbot. All served by knowledgeable & attentive staff.

Thank AndrewGurd
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

Well it was quite nice but not really up to the rhapsodic reviews you can read here.

As a restaurant dedicated to fish, the idea is you choose your preferred fish from a list of about twelve alternatives, and then choose a garnish from a list of four to go with it. So, for instance, you might choose brill, and then go for the "Spring" garnish ( leeks, new potatoes and whatever else) to go with it.

Okay as far as it goes, but it would be far nicer if instead they chose three or four kinds of fish that were particularly good that day ( or that week, or whatever), then sat down and used their skills and knowledge to design a dish around each one using ingredients that go perfectly with the raw material.The fact that you can, if you want, choose lemon sole ( a subtle, delicate, mildly flavoured fish) and then club it to death with a garnish of chorizo, roasted peppers, beetroot and dried tomatoes is all very well, but hardly helpful. Go to your local chippy and you can, if you want, order a portion of cod with beef gravy on the side and a pineapple fritter. Fun, but hardly taking advantage of the expertise and judgement of the staff in the kitchen.

Innovative chefs use their expertise to edit the choices offered to diners so that they are presented with exciting, challenging and innovative dishes. This on the other hand is (technically competent) Pick and Mix for fish. At around £60 a head.

Finally, the "Oh my goodness, radishes in a plant pot with edible soil and mackerel mousse" amuse-guele has been going on for too long to retain any surprise / delight value.

Little sweets with coffee are very nice. Good wines by the glass. Service friendly and obliging, if sometimes slightly inaccurate in detail .

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2  Thank Inmyprime_12
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Reviewed 30 April 2014 via mobile

Came here for a belated birthday meal. Food was beyond amazing. Waiting staff were so informative, food was sublime, you must visit here. The high point of the holiday ;-)

2  Thank sweetcheeks001
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

I was very excited about finding this place online and had read all the reviews online avidly and thought we were in for a real treat. So expectations were high. we were told repeatedly by locals they were going for a Michelin star ,,, so .. first off, the entrance through a wet fish shop is slightly off putting, but we will put that down to quirky, dining room is nice enough , with some interesting artwork , although a bit too brighly lit for romantic friday night dinner.. a baby was sqwarking in the corner when we arrived ( 8.30 ) .., we waited a few minutes to see if things calmed down... its a very small restaurant and this would have been untenable if it continued. luckily the manager assured us that they were just leaving

down to the food. dont get me wrong , everything i ate was pleasant enough .. in fact the amuse bouche of mackarel pate was the best thing we ate in fact. . All good but not great or spectacular. and certainly not good value for money. I think a lot of time and effort has gone into the presentation of the food, very skillful and beautiful but things still have to taste nice ! so gimmicks like plant pots and soil etc are meaningless unless the food at the end of it also gives you the wow.

the bottom line is theres just not enough on the plate at the end of the day, I would say i have an average appetite but the boyfriend was starving when we left and i was still hungry.. his complaint was that he has a slice of fish that must have been about 1/4 of the fish and had paid £24 for it with a vey small garnish thrown in. I get his point ! The bill was about £95 ( we had a couple of glasses of prosecco , it turned out to be our most expensive meal of the weekend, despite us eating at Pebble Beach , The Pig and Limewood. Would I go back, probably not Less gimmicks more flavour please.

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Thank midgyminx
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Verveine is very special.

The food is modern British, with some wonderful innovation in the Heston Blumenthal, Simon Rogan sort of way. Looking for interesting concepts, textures and flavours and building an eating experience round them. From the garden plant pots with a radish (complete with leaves), and a fish pate plus fresh bread to smear it on as starter to the camomile scented candy floss at the end of the meal there were delightful and tasty surprises. Our taste buds enjoyed them and our imagination of what can be done to make food interesting stretched. Other than the asparagus starter (see below) the rest of the starters, main courses, desserts and cheese were superb.

It is in the back of a fish shop and the fish was fresh (turbot, scallops, brill) and perfectly cooked. The one member of our party who had some meat (pork belly and scallops) said that was perfectly cooked too.

Its quite a tiny restaurant but exquisitely decorated with very modern décor but I thought it was a bit noisy somehow.

We didn't mind the prices - top end but worth it. More interesting than some of the better promoted restaurants in other parts of the New Forest.

We thought that the wine list was eclectic and very interesting. We had a white wine from the Douro region of Portugal - which worked well with our food.

But there were two disappointments.

The asparagus starter just didn't work. The asparagus had been separated into strips and it was dry and tasteless. Shame, right in the middle of the best of the English asparagus season. The waiter tried to tell us that asparagus is seasonal and that might be the reason. Sorry. We know better - it just hadn't worked out right.

The same waiter, without asking topped up a half full glass with wine from a new, un-tasted, second bottle. Although the wines came from the same batch, there were in fact quite distinct differences when we did taste it. We had to ask for clean glasses for the wine from the second bottle. In fairness we were offered, but refused a third bottle in compensation.

Set against that our waitress was absolutely charming and competent.

So not a perfect score but very, very good.

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Thank Yachtjudge
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