It was a wet and humid Thursday evening as we arrived at the Elephant to be greeted by a smiling waiter, arms outstretched for our jackets and umbrella. 10 minutes later, we were sat sipping a lovely Chilean Merlot and perusing the simple but mouth watering menu. The restaurant is in a beautiful old Victorian building overlooking one end of Torquay's harbour. Decorated in a simple style with wooden tables, a bar propped up on empty barrels and elephant artwork on the walls, there is a distinctly seaside casual feel to the place which relaxes you. Split level, there is the tasting menu only in the Room upstairs, or al a carte menu in the Brasserie downstairs.
To start, I opted for the Scotch Egg, and hubby for the Crab Cake. The egg was sat on a bed of curried mayonnaise and juicy raisins which gave it a real retro feel. For the hubby, Paignton Crab filled a crispy skin and the tartare sauce was to die for. I couldn't resist a photo of before and after with the egg - although I knew it would be runny, I felt an almost childish delight as I sliced it open and a luminous orange yolk poured out!
|Paignton crab cake with lovage tartare sauce 8.00|
|Southdown Farm scotch egg with curried mayonnaise - £7.00|
|Look at that yolk!|
|Breast of duck with spring cabbage, white onion puree and a soy and honey glaze - £19.75|
|Rump of new season lamb with tomato fondue, borlotti beans, Vulscombe goat’s cheese - £19.50|
The hubby's chocolate and olive oil truffle was rich and creamy and was complimented perfectly by
the coffee ice cream. Sadly, it was pretty much all gone before I could get a try! Piggy boy.
|Chocolate and Olive oil truffle with vanilla shortbread and milk ice cream - £7.25|
|Selection of the Westcountry’s finest artisan cheeses - £7.50|