Review – Portmerion Hotel Restaurant 

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We had made a reservation (something that was recommended) and I was pleased to see the staff were aware of our arrival and even though we were a little early, they had our table ready. Drinks orders were taken promptly and the menus brought. Table water was provided without having to ask for it which was welcomed. 

Apart from the quality of the food, I think it’s the small things that are a mark of a good restaurant. What do I mean? Take bread rolls and butter, the rolls were unusual and fresh and individual portions of Welsh butter was presented on slate, rather than pre-wrapped portions.

We started with Welsh rarebit with radicchio, walnut and apple salad. It was delicious but three pieces was just one to many for a starter. The salad help to cut through the heaviness of the rarebit itself. 

Aberdaron crab with asparagus and avocado and a pink grapefruit dressing. Very light and refreshing and the flavours worked well together but didn’t smother the crab itself. 

For the main course it was sea trout with tender stem broccoli, black garlic, crushed potatoes, lava bread and brown shrimp butter sauce. The trout was cooked perfectly and the broccoli and potatoes were well seasoned. All in all a lovely tasting dish. 

We also had the seared Welsh feather blade of beef, triple cooked truffle chips, celeriac purée, watercress and a bearnaise sauce. The beef was ordered for medium rare and that’s how it came and properly seasoned. The celeriac purée was silky smooth and the sauce was very tasty. The truffle chips tasted good, but could have been a little more crispy on the outside whilst keeping the fluffy inside. 

Unfortunately we didn’t have room for desserts and opted for some ice cream after walking around the village some more. 

Overall, I would definitely have a meal here again. The setting is superb, eating overlooking the sea and mountains in the distance. The staff were attentive but not overbearing and the price was very responsible. The food itself was just lovely and drinks, rolls, butter and water were replenished when asked, and nothing seemed to much trouble for the staff. 

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