The Isle of Wight is known as England in miniature but within this little mini UK you can explore the world through your taste buds.
Using some of the best seasonal produce the Isle of Wight has to offer and pairing it with ingredients important from Spain, Basque Kitchen brings a taste of Spain to our sunny shores. The specials board is all about what is seasonally available, ensuring the freshest produce. With an equal split of meat, fish and vegetarian options plus the core menu is 100% gluten free and the daily specials is 95% gluten free, everyone is catered for.
Set in Cowes, it’s perfect to sit on the veranda with a chilled glass of wine nibbling on a selection of tapas dishes.
One of the latest restaurant editions to the centre of the Island is Ada in Carisbrooke. With a strong Turkish and Mediteranian inspired menu, dining at this little gem set on the main road is like being transported to your favourite holiday restaurant. Enjoy cold and hot mezzes from hummus and grilled halloumi to koftas and sucuk, a traditional spiced Turkish sausage. There are also pasta, pizza and even a burger option to appeal to all diners. Dining at Ada would not be complete without trying the baklava. This sticky, flakey pastry is the perfect ending to a dinner or a sweet treat to accompany a coffee at lunch.
Sitting near the sea end of Union Street in Ryde you’d be excused for missing Bendula as you walk past. But don’t, stop and wake up your palate! Offering up dishes inspired by Caribbean and African cuisine, they work closely with suppliers around the world ensuring seasonality of the products they use. Head to the Caribbean with jerk chicken or ackee and saltfish with fried dumplings. Swing back to Africa with domada lamb, a slow cooked dish using peanut butter sauce or try the chicken yassa, marinated in lemon, mustard and herbs with spiced fried onions. Add a side of sweet potato mash or caribbean slaw and finish off with a banana fritter or perhaps a pineapple, cinnamon, coconut crumble.
For authentic Thai cuisine make your way to Shanklin. Known as a sunny seaside town, in the high street you’ll find Thai Mukda Finding true Thai food on the Island can be tricky. The family who own the restaurant were born in Thailand and have bought their love for the culture and its food. Whether you like it mild or extra hot, the meals are freshly cooked to your liking. The chef, who has been cooking for 25 years – sources, where possible, local produce from local suppliers ensuring the dishes are as fresh as possible. The chicken satay and gung makham (breaded prawns) are great to get your appetite started and you can’t go wrong with the classic Thai red, green or yellow curries. Was everything down with a traditional Singha beer.
Going away is great, but coming home is always a great feeling. Pop along to Salty’s in Yarmouth. Set over two levels this restaurant has earned a reputation for serving up some of the very best of local fish & shellfish. The menu changes seasonally with what the sea has to offer, if available try the cucumber, jalapeno and gin oyster shots. Main dishes can include bream, turbot and monkfish. Don’t worry if you’re not a ‘fishy’ person you can also indulge in seared steaks. Take you fillet to the next level and have the posh surf ‘n’ turf, with added lobster.