Ahh, remembering summer. So many days in the Botanic Gardens, BBQ’s on the balcony & al fresco dining. On one of these beautiful days I met a friend outside Enjoy Bistro on Great Western Road. The name kept cropping up and, after a bit of research, I thought it would be ideal food for a summer’s day.
At lunch time they had their a la carte menu, a two/three course set menu or a small plates menu. We ended up having the two course option. The halloumi and aubergine sounded good but I ended up having the roasted butternut squash, caramelised red onion & pomegranate salad with dijon dressing to start. The flavours were bursting with freshness, it was well seasoned & had lots of herbs. This chef understands food. I’d happily have this as a main course and that’s saying a lot considering it has no meat or cheese!
The baby aubergines baked with halloumi, tomato and pine nuts was another hit. It also came on a bed of dressed and herbed salad that lightened the dish.
My main of baked fillet of hake, warm chard potato salad with caponata seared beet salad, balsamic & chilli dressing, baby gem & crusty bread was a description mouthful! I don’t remember there being bread but there was so much going on that it didn’t need it. This was the perfect choice for the sunny weather & I liked the dish very much. There was a slight over usage of dill that I scraped aside and I think I’d have preferred the potatoes hot but these things were minor on my enjoyment scale.
The chicken across the table was grilled with rosemary and garlic and served with the same potatoes that I had. The Mediterranean veg was nicely roasted & it was another herby, summery number.
It has the advantage of being ten minutes walk from the Botanic Gardens, where I went to read in the sun afterwards.
All in all, we were impressed with Enjoy Bistro. It’s a lovely local place with homemade food & I’m interested to try the more Wintery menu.