Nourish - Bath
Should you visit my blog from time to time, you may have noticed that I've been MIA on this platform, as well as across my social media channels recently. The reason being - Scott and I recently became 'pawrents' to a French Bulldog puppy, who we have named Winnie!
She has been keeping us on our toes and settling well into life in Bath. We are yet to discover all of the wonderful countryside walks, dog friendly restaurants and cafés in Bath and beyond with her. But... we can't wait. So, watch this space!
However, for now, I am taking us briefly back in time to earlier last month when Scott and I visited one of Bath's newest restaurants.
An imaginative and exciting menu of 100% plant-based dishes, with influences from all over the world, awaits at Nourish in Larkhall.
Previously home to the Beaufort, this new opening is the brainchild of Robbie Tack, who has established a mouth-watering menu of entirely vegan and vegetarian cuisine. A bright, colourful dining area awaits, recently refurbished to include new seating and a vibrant and contemporary collection of artwork. Suspended from the ceiling you'll see woolly acoustic clouds that soften the furnishings and notice pretty pink rock salt candle holders on the tables below. It's these finer details that I believe diners appreciate - the love and care spent on the interiors, as well as the menu, makes for a memorable dining experience.
On a bleak and teeth-shatteringly cold Sunday afternoon in mid-January, Scott and I battled against the elements with our brollies along the London Road, intrigued to discover what Nourish has to offer...
With most of the seats taken, we were promptly shown to our table and handed the menus. We started with a generous bowl of 'Onion Parkoras with Tamarind Sauce' (£4.95) to share.
The onion pakoras were coated in a crisp, light batter; perfectly seasoned and doubly delicious when dunked into lashings of sweet mango chutney and tamarind sauce.
Scott's main was a real catch. He decided to try the 'Banana Blossom Fish' (£12.95 GF) - a British classic, but not as you know it! Beer battered banana blossom served with minted pea purée, tartar sauce and hand cut chips.
Commonly used in Southeast Asian and Indian cooking, banana blossoms have a teardrop shape to them, and this edible flower is found at the end of a banana fruit cluster. The texture and consistency is similar to a white flaky fish, but the taste, we both commented, is hard to describe! Certainly a tasty twist on our nation's favourite seaside treat. You've got to try it, I'd love to hear what you make of it too.
Meanwhile, I sampled all the colours of the rainbow with my jam-packed 'Buddha Bowl' (£13 GF/N). Roasted sweet potato, heritage carrots, creamy avocado, quinoa, purple sprouting broccoli, thinly diced beetroots, crunchy pea shoots and caramelised peppers, served with a silky smooth turmeric tahini sauce and beetroot hummus.
In one sitting, you can say you've ticked off your five-a-day. Healthy and delicious, which meant guilt-free decision making when it came to ordering something sweet afterwards.
Our mains were generous, so we only had space for one dessert to share. We were excited to dig our spoons into the 'Raw Salted Caramel Cheesecake' (£6.50 GF/N). I mean, anything with salted caramel and I'm in!
Cheesecake lovers, this irresistible slice is not to be missed! Forget the calories (I doubt these have as many as non-vegan cheesecakes anyway?), it's time to indulge! Make it your mission to put aside your errands and to-do lists and book a table this weekend at Nourish.
You can view the menu (it'll make you hungry!) and book yourselves a table over here :)