Seagrass Restaurant: St Ives
Tucked away just off the harbour front, and perched on the first floor of a St Ives stone building is Seagrass. In fact, you may not notice it unless you were looking out for it. Modern and contemporary with artwork in deep and dense blues adorning the walls, a log burner and some pretty cool jazz music juxtaposed with a cosmopolitan stainless steel bar; the many layers of design make the space unique and quirky; a great place to sneak away for sups a deux.
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Fish Street St Ives
It just smacked of long lazy evenings full of wine, food and laughter. A place for the cool and chilled of St Ives to hit up the bar for vodka and olives. I am quite possibly not that cool (certainly not cool enough to drink vodka – Grey Goose or otherwise) but that great coastal meets urban atmosphere was present.
To commence I went deep fried squid with Cornish sea salt & Szechuan pepper, watercress and roast garlic aïoli – I left off the aïoli due to the mayo fear but am reliably informed with was delish. My ‘aïoli-free’ variety was gorgeous. Super fresh squid and fabulously seasoned: perfect.
My main course was from the special list. Lemon sole with white crab and herb butter, braised lettuce hearts and crushed saffron potato. This was really to die for. So good, fresh and tasty. He fish was so delicate it feel from fork into my gluttonous chops.
I can never, despite my ever-expanding tums objections, resist dessert. Dished up with aplomb was a dark chocolate and cardamom torte with balsamic strawberries and mascarpone cream. I mean, how can anyone resist that? The dark choc and cardamom combo was fabulous. Interesting and not to sweet but a little creamy and bitter with the depth of cardamom making it so much more than just a torte.
The menu is really clever, making use of St Ives’ locally sourced fodder and fare, and really sophisticated. A hidden gem – to use a twee phrase – but it is wholly that. Hidden away and a great foodie find.