Tucked away towards the back of the hotel, The Bayside Grill Restaurant always looks very welcoming; casual and relaxed with a hint of elegance about it. The dining area is modern and bright while the large windows offer views out onto parts of the Marina, with the looming Meridian Tower dominating the near skyline.
|Light and spacious - a pleasant environment to enjoy lunch|
But enough about the views and onto the food!
For lunch we could order from a set menu with the price fixed at £7.95 for a main course, with an additional £3 for a starter and another three for a desert. Greedy by nature, I went for all three courses.
The chicken and chorizo croquettes were my choice to start and I'm pleased to say that they were perfect. A flavourful and meaty filling, which comprised chunks of chicken and sausage with an almost cheesy tasting mash, was shelled in by a crunchy coating of fried breadcrumbs, served with a tangy red pepper salsa. I could have eaten about ten of these! (Seriously).
|The best starter in the history of starters!|
The main course would always have trouble following such a fantastic starter, but it did well in satisfying me. I had the Parma ham stuffed chicken supreme, with truffle scented mash and a broccoli purée.
The chicken was moist and tasty, although the chunks of ham stuffed inside were a little fatty. The mash was lovely and lightly scented with pungent truffle oil. I could have done with a bigger scoop of the broccoli purée if I'm being honest, but the dish as a whole was filling enough.
|Chicken main, with great mash!|
I was pretty full following the first two courses, but who is going to turn down a desert for £3? The only crying shame was that they had nothing chocolatey to choose from! I'm not sure if chocolate is no longer in fashion, but no-one ever said no to a little chocolate cake.
Regardless, I ordered the strawberry rice pudding and mint tart with home-made cinnamon ice cream. While it was nothing spectacular, I can't complain - the strawberries were fresh and the pudding stodgy (in a good way), while the ice cream was a refreshing way to end a very good meal.
|A pretty solid desert|
Kudos must go to our waiter. Even though the restaurant was very quiet when we were there, the service was very attentive and polite throughout.
With good attention to detail, tantalising choices (apart from a chocolate option), good quality and a decent price, I'll definitely be heading back to The Bayside Grill Restaurant again - and hopefully very soon!