Dinner at Fat Olives, Emsworth

Fat Olives interior

 

Dinner at Fat Olives

30 South Street, Emsworth,

Hampshire PO10 7EH

Tuesday 17 September 2019

Originally a seventeenth century fisherman’s cottage, this restaurant is a cosy place with a pleasant ambiance.

On arrival, canapes of cured Chalkstream Trout and Watercress with Yoghurt were served with a fresh and very local English Sparkling Raimes ’14.

Then a course of Pigs Head Terrine with Apple Puree, Celeriac and Crackling with a complementary Chalkdown Cider (Methode Champenoise) from Hampshire. An alternative of stylishly presented and creamy Butternut Soup was also available.

The fish was a gently cooked Seabass, Ras El Hanout, with Cauliflower in a warm Saffron Mussel Sauce. A delicate Chablis, Domaine Bernard Defaix ’15 (France) accompanied this course.

A dish of perfectly flavoured Roast Partridge followed, with Faggot, Pear, and Butternut Squash Puree, and served with a Red Wine Jus and a pleasantly robust Templars Hill Pinot Noir 2012, from Central Otago, New Zealand played a good counterpoint to the game.

Dessert came in two guises; Chocolate Delice, Ginger Beer Jelly and Gingerbread with an Elysium Black Muscat ’14 from California. Quite delicious.

As an alternative, Isle of Wight (Tunsworth and Isle of Wight) cheese with Compote, and Date and Fennel Bread was served with Taylors 10 year Old Tawney, Douro Valley.

Coffee and Truffles to finish the evening.

This was a well prepared and presented meal, full of flavour and served with care. Our thanks to Lawrence and Julia Murphy and all of the staff for an excellent evening!  

Menu

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Hambledon Cuvee Rose

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Torched Mackerel,

Apple & Watercress

La Gitana Manzanilla, Spain

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Pressed Free Range Pork Terrine,

Treacle, Clove & Prune

Domaine de la Couvette, Organic Beaujolais 18, France

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Brill, Samphire, Sea Purslane,

Cider Mussel Sauce

Bird in Hand Chardonnay.Adelaide Hills ’17, South Australia

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Walnut Tart,

Barkham Blue Cheese

Taylors 10 year old Tawny Port

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Strawberry Mousse

Summer Fruits, Meringue

Stanley Noble Late Harvest,Marlborough ’14, New Zealand

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Coffee & Truffles

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