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. 16th October is World Food Day so what better time to try something new?
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.
Ada has a strong Turkish and Mediteranian inspired menu, dining at this little gem 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 options 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.
You’d be excused for missing Bendula as you walk past, but don’t, stop and wake up your palate! Offering 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.
Finding authentic Thai food on the Island can be tricky. Not any more, Thai Mukda is a family owned restaurant,showing their love for their Thai culture through delicious 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.
Going on holiday is great, but it’s always nice coming home. Serving some of the freshest seafood on the Island, The Best Dressed Crab showcases what our waters have to offer. Each morning the crew take the boat to catch fresh lobster, crab and prawns. The haul is then taken back to the floating cafe where it’s prepared and served in the restaurant. One word, delicious!