When I was invited to review the food at Boadiccea Bar & Restaurant in Colchester, I jumped at the chance as the venue had been such a great host for my first Club Forty event back in April. Even though my nervous excitement on that night prevented me from stomaching any food, everyone commented on how delicious the canapés were… so I was excited to try the food from their main menu. It also gave me the opportunity to drag Mr Club Forty out on a date as this is something that is severely lacking in our current life. I don’t know about you, but spending quality time together (just the two of us!) is something that is always high our agenda but somehow always slips to the bottom!!
So the date was set – a Saturday night, a sitter and a taxi meant that we were in for a good night together! We arrived at 8pm and the bar area was already buzzing with a 30th Birthday Party. I ordered a French Martini (very good it was too) and we were shown downstairs to our table. The restaurant area was full on the night we ate there so the waitresses had their work cut out… but they were friendly and professional. We ate from the Summer Menu, which I may well have changed to the Winter Menu by now…
My eyes are always drawn to goats cheese on a starter menu, so naturally I chose the Goats Cheese Mousse which was served with Beetroot Carpaccio. Mr Club Forty picked Crispy Squid. The starters arrived promptly and were delicious. My Goats Cheese Mousse, buried under a mound of spicy watercress and crunchy nuts, was lightly whipped to give a silky, melt-in-the-mouth texture. The Crispy Squid was good too – of course I pinched a ring in the name of sampling it for this post!!Mains
I usually order fish when I’m out, but Lamb Rump with Roasted Aubergine Purée really got my tastebuds going. The lamb was served pink – just how I like it – and it was incredibly tender and tasty. The Aubergine Purée was delicious and the additional roasted strips of aubergine were sticky, sweet and complimented the lamb so well. Mr Club Forty ordered steak and was perfectly content with his bloke-pleasing plate of food! He said the steak was cooked medium-rare to his liking and all the usual accompaniments well cooked too!
I have developed a startling ability to consume a lot of food in one sitting, so despite being fairly full from the first two courses, I still managed to squeeze in dessert! As the restaurant was busy there was a nice little gap between the main course and dessert, which didn’t bother me at all. In fact, I can’t bear being asked about dessert as soon as you’ve settled your knife and fork after finishing your dinner plate! I chose Popcorn Panacotta which was deliciously creamy with just the right amount of wobble! It was served with a very rich chocolate ice-cream – yummy!. Mr Club Forty picked Lemon Meringue Pie, served with Raspberry Sorbet. He said the lemon was perfectly tangy which paired really well with the raspberry.
The entire meal at Boadicea was really good. I’m no food critic, but we could not find fault with any of the dishes we ate. The food was cooked to a high standard and presented well. We had a bottle of house red with our meal – a Spanish Tempranillo – which was great too.
Boadicea Bar and Restaurant would be a fab place to book for a celebratory event as the bar stays open until late. There’s a DJ and although we left at 11.30pm, I’m told that the party ‘gets going’ meaning you can dance off your dinner – if the mood takes you!
Boadicea Bar & Restaurant kindly gave us our meal for free – in exchange for a review – but all opinions are my own.