We went to the newly opened Purslane on a unpromising, cold summer Tuesday. We were lucky to be able to park outside in Rodney Road as it is free at that time of evening. The decor of Purslane is really elegant, lovely muted greys and vibrant lemons, really cheering this depressing summer. As previously mentioned there are 2 menus a Prixe Fixe and an a la carte, the former being really good value and with a reasonable choice. The lady at front of house suggest a sparkling Cremant de Bourgogne with elderflower cordial, this was so yummy I could have just drank that all evening! However, at my age you have to be sensible so we ordered a half carafe of a really excellent dry white, again suggested by the same person. I (being awkward) ordered my main from Prixe Fixe and started from a la carte and could not resist adding 3 oysters. My dining companion ordered from the a la carte. The oysters were so fresh and delicious I wished I had forgone the started and had 6 of them instead. (I'll do that next time). Although the portions are no huge they are very adequate, the other half had some bread with local butter which he very much enjoyed, being ceoliac I just watched, however when it was discovered I was apologised to and promised that next time they would have some bread for me. My main course of mackeral was great beautifully succulent and cooked perfectly, he, who must be obeyed, had hake which again absolutely hit the mark. I couldn't find space for dessert but a shared cheese plate seemed an excellent idea. In summery I don't think, for such fresh ingredients, the prices are excessive and certainly the Prixe Fixe is a steel! It is a lovely relaxed and friendly atmosphere and we will definitely be going again. We are recommending guests in our holiday cottage to try this restaurant as well.
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