Page 15 - Poole Audi Feast Magazine Edition 2
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We go with a Gewurztraminer to fend o  the typically hot edge that many of Rick’s dishes boast, and are grateful for that support with the stunningly tender and warm piri piri sardines to start and the Indonesian curry for main – which does not fail to impress and after hours of watching Rick in his TV-chef guise travelling the length and breadth of Asia it is no surprise. Prices range from a surprisingly reasonable £6.95 for the sardines and curry at a tad under £23. And if you really want to push the  shing boat out go for the lobster thermidor at just shy of £50 – worth every penny!
The butternut squash risotto is another success story, velvety texture, sweet and comforting just as a risotto should be.
The braised hake is interesting – the mild and mellow  sh with similar standing Puy lentils, salty Serrano ham, and persillade butter just rea rms why Rick Stein has reached the heights he has – it is one of the most beautiful dishes of the Feast tour – by some distance.
Other classics on the menu include fruits de mer, various steaks between 8-12oz, sashimi, pigeon, venison, and seared foie gras, and of course Porthilly oysters and Malaccan black pepper crab.
The non-spicy mains are accompanied by a bottle of Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir from California and we decide upon desserts and wines to accompany.
The rum savarin is just beautiful with Chantilly cream and berries and the panna cotta with salted pistachio cream refreshing, light, smooth, and delectable. A glass or two of Vin Santo Tegrino D’Anchiano Leonardo 2007 at £9.50 a pop just about makes a perfect evening even more perfect. Let’s consider for a moment how very lucky we are that Rick Stein has come to Poole – it is an utter pleasure right on our doorstep.

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