Wow, what an experience!
I went to Riddle and Finns for the first time last week, after being persuaded to give it a try by my friend Stephanie. I’m a complete novice when it comes to seafood, I’ve always been quite reluctant to eat shellfish…I don’t like the way it looks, plus I have had a couple of experiences where I have dared to try it and it has been of sub standard quality…Stephanie is a bit of a seafood connoisseur, so I decided to put my trust in her and let her order some dishes from the menu for us to try.
First of all we started with Champagne and Oysters! We went for a bottle of Court Garden Champagne. Locally grown and bottled in Sussex, it was delicious – not to try with a bit of sweetness, just the way I like it! As for the Oysters – I’d never ever had Oysters before so I was nervous to say the least. Steph ordered six Native Oysters (They are only in season in months that end with ‘R’ so I am told!) I particularly enjoyed the pickled ginger, spring onion, soy sauce and wasabi oysters. The flavour was incredible, the the oysters had a really ‘meaty’ texture to them. Not what I was expecting at all!
We also shared some Frito Misto with Basil Mayo, Mussels (yes I ate some Mussels and enjoyed it!), Braised Octopus with Potato Salad, Pan Fried Scallops with Lemon and Parsley and Tuna Tartare. If you had asked me a year ago if I wanted to try any of those things I would have told you to get lost! Especially Octopus! To my surprise, the Octopus was the dish I enjoyed the most! It was so tender, I didn’t want it to end! The warm potato salad complimented it perfectly. I would definitely eat it again. The Tuna Tartare had an asian vibe to it, again very enjoyable.
You’d think after all that we might have had enough but oh no! We had to get dessert (it would be rude not to!). We shared a mint and strawberry panacotta, quite possibly the best dessert I have ever had out! The flavour of the fresh mint really cut through and complimented the strawberry in the middle. I just want to eat it again right now.
To finish, we had a champagne cocktail, The Classic – brown sugar, agnostura bitters with courvoisier – perfection in a glass!
Overall my first proper seafood experience was a brilliant one, and I have no doubt that I wouldn’t get the same experience at other seafood restaurants. Riddle and Finns is the one to beat!