Jamie Oliver’s award-winning restaurant, Fifteen opened in Watergate Bay just after we moved to Cornwall. The very day we squeezed ourselves into our first wetsuits, we looked up at the scaffolding and said ‘Wow, one day we’ll be able to sit there, eat amazing food and gaze on *that* view” And that’s just what we and hundreds of others have enjoyed about one of Cornwall’s favourite eateries ever since it opened.
We’ve made occasional trips to Fifteen for high days and holidays, but their latest lunch offering at £19/head means that Fifteen can be a more than an occasional treat. Why wait, when amazing food and the crashing waves can be yours for a couple of hours on a winters lunchtime?
Mr Secret Truro and I were treated to lunch last week and we were super impressed with the food, the newly refurbished restaurant, the view (of course) and our waiter, Enzo – who did everything he could to make our meal into a lunchtime treat. I must admit we were hungry and a tiny bit greedy so we ended up paying for loads of extras. Well, why ever not.
The menu is made up of small and large plates For £19, you can select 3 small plates (effectively, a starter, main and dessert) OR one large plate & one small plate. A small glass of house wine is included too. For ‘house wine’ read ‘delicious’- there’s no plonk here! In fact so delicious, I had to have another….ooops!
My starter was soft, warm, comforting polenta and garlicky wild mushrooms. Just what’s needed when you’re looking out at crashing waves and a high tide. Mr ST had a deconstructed squash caponata – full of colour, taste and texture. The main course was pork leg, smashed cannellini beans and a bright green, zingy salsa verde for Mr ST and crab with freshly made fennel taglierini for me. Both were just superb. Mine was satisfying from the first mouthful, probably from the fresh crab stock which gave the flavours a rich depth. As fishy/crabby things are just what you want to eat while looking at the sea with a crisp glass of dry white wine to hand, this fitted the bill perfectly.
We shouldn’t have done it. But we did. We ordered pudding and coffee to finish. Mr ST chose Pear & Walnut tart with clotted cream (naturally) – I wonder if the frangipane was made from the walnuts too (I don’t know), but it tasted delicious, as did my smooth Vanilla pannacotta, with rhubarb as pink as Spring Roses and scattered green pistachios.
Thank you Fifteen for a delicious lunch. It felt like a teeny holiday before we got back for an afternoon’s work and, for once, Mr ST wasn’t moaning about me taking foodie photos and trying his food!