Having seen pictures of delicious looking cocktails and tasty food on Twitter and Instagram, we knew we had to try The Sea Garden and Grill in Broadway Market for ourselves. We booked seats at the counter so that we could get a good view of the kitchen and headed there on a Friday evening.
The unit looks fantastic. It is modern and the décor and lighting makes it easy to forget you are in a market. As well as the counter seats, they also had 4 longer tables with space for about 30 diners in total.
We were greeted warmly and shown the menu. The drinks menu included 4 cocktails, gins, wine and beer. We chose a cocktail each to start us off and this proved to be a great decision. Food wise, we were spoilt for choice as everything sounded so appealing.
To get us started, we had some warm sourdough bread and olive oil, which was lovely. We then chose the special of scallops with a celeriac puree, a dish called Textures of Jerusalem, the crab risotto, and the battered fish along with some triple cooked chips.
The first thing to say if how beautifully everything was presented. The dishes looked, and tasted, like some we have eaten in Michelin starred restaurants.
The scallops, though small, we cooked with a lovely caramelisation and the celeriac puree complimented it well, providing just the right contrast between savoury and sweet.
The textures of Jerusalem (artichoke) was another triumph. It came with pickled mushrooms and sweet potato crisps which meant it was a good selection of flavours and textures which all complimented each other to make a really good plate of food.
The crab risotto was creamy and full of flavour, with the rice being perfectly al dente. I could have done with a little more crab meat on top, it was very tasty.
Finally the fish and chips, which was sprinkled with malt vinegar powder. The chips were crispy and the vinegar powder kept them that way. The fish had a nice thick and crispy batter whilst the flesh of the fish itself was succulent and flaky.
Every mouthful was delicious and we really enjoyed everything we tried. We had a glass of wine each with the food and the bill came to £63. This felt like really good value for money for food which was this good.
Sitting there, warmed by the newly installed heaters in the market roof, it was easy to forget it was a dreary, cold January evening outside and that we were sitting in a market. The food here was fantastic and we really can’t wait to visit again.