Here are the finest dishes in the county this month. Chefs show off their latest seasonal creations and the rest of us share the best local food we’ve enjoyed…
1. Brett Sutton at the The White Post in Rimpton wanted to honour the last day of asparagus this season by creating this spectacular dish, which uses other local ingredients – ‘Red Barn Farm asparagus, pancetta, slow cooked duck egg, black garlic ketchup.’ 1
2. Matt Budden, Highcliff Grill, Bournemouth shares his honey roast Gressingham duck breast, caramelised chicory, British quinoa with Dorset watercress, radish and shallot salad. Matt said: “The dish is a light main course from our summer a la carte menu using British grown quinoa mixed with fresh Dorset watercress. It’s one of our most popular dishes at the moment as it’s a fresh summery dish using the best seasonal ingredients. The secret to cooking the duck is to serve nice and pink but to make sure the meat has been rested. Finish the pan at the last minute with the honey to give it that rich caramel colour.” 2
3. Bingley’s Bistro in the High Street, Poole, want to shout about their nicely presented lemon posset topped with Purbeck ice cream sorbet. 3
4. Oli Perron of Lunchd wants to show off his new podded pea freekah salad from his lunch delivery company in Poole. Looks vibrant and healthy enough to allow serious over indulgence elsewhere.
The pan fried Singapore-style squid at the Crab House Café, Weymouth, was nominated by Andy Reed, who said it was simply ‘incredible, not too spicy and very fresh.’
Lamb tikka balti with mushrooms at Cinnamon Indian restaurant in Ferndown was nominated by Jen Wilkins. She said the dish came on a sizzling skillet and it was very tasty. She describes the dishes as traditional with a modern twist. She also raves about the limoncello jelly for dessert.
The Cornish moules marinière at Chaplins Cellar Bar in Boscombe was nominated by Stephen Bailey. He described the creamy white wine and garlic sauce as ‘fantastic’ and said the hand-cut chips were very tasty. 4
Thai green curry with prawns at The King and Thai, Dorchester was nominated by Carmen Hudson. She enthusiastically said she’d give the dish 10 out of 10 because it is so good. She adds: “I don’t often have the same dish again because I like trying lots of different food, but this is too good to resist. The owner is always very helpful when ordering and makes fantastic recommendations. As it’s all freshly cooked they’ll tweak the spice levels depending on your tastebuds.”
The chocolate brownie topped with jam and fresh raspberries by Heather Brown, Bournemouth, was nominated by @3D_FD – a financial company based in Bournemouth. They said that Heather makes the ‘tastiest brownies’ and this is their favourite. 5
The salted caramel gelato by Franks and Beans Ice Cream Parlour in Lyme Regis was nominated by @Coramcottage holiday cottage. The funky parlour also makes coffee ice cream with beans from Lyme’s micro roaster and coffee house ‘Amid Giants and Idols’.