Sometimes a surprise grows into surprises. This statement needs explaining.
Having heard of Caribbean food this was to be our first tasting at this restaurant run by Verna (chef) and her husband, John.
It was with a certain reserved expectation that my wife and I climbed the stairs to enter Verna's Pepper Shack on the Brixham quayside. Being in the 'middle-age' bracket this new food expedition was classed almost as an act of bravado!
Surprise: an intimate restaurant greeted us with its cocktail bar stocked to the point of bursting.
Other surprises followed.
John greeted the two of us. He took us to our table. Our view overlooked a sun-drenched, almost Caribbean-like harbour, perfect start. We felt relaxed and at ease.
After a brief look at the list of cocktails, and with John's assistance, we made the perfect choices.
Another surprise. As we enjoyed our drinks we glanced around the walls looking at the memorabilia on display. What was on display? You’ll have to visit to find out for yourselves.
Now the food:
We ignored the starters because we prefer a pud.
We selected our mains: wife, scallop and monkfish curry; me: Verna's curry goat (I did mention bravado), oh, and a bottle of rose.
Surprises end, enjoyment follows.
Both meals were home-cooked by Verna who later visited us at our table. John's prowess at making cocktails is complimented by his wife's bubbly enthusiasm and cooking expertise.
Both mains were filling and delicious, extremely enjoyable and perfectly cooked. At this point our minds were already set on a second visit. .
The sweets: My wife chose banana cake; me, banoffee pie, both exceptional homemade desserts and a delicious end to our meal.
Suffice it to say we did return, 48 hours later, for another unforgettable evening. We briefly peeked at starters being served . . . we'll try those next time!
Thank you J&V, from M&K.
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