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At the end of the last week, my other half and I booked a night away in Weymouth. My family live in the area so it’s a great place for us to visit, and the weather was beautiful! The beach itself was unsurprisingly VERY crowded, but we were visiting for a walk and cool drink by the harbour, and for a meal at one of Dorset’s best restaurants (in my opinion!) What better place to eat fish and seafood than on the coast…
Back in February when Covid-19 was not yet in full swing, I had lunch at Rockfish on Weymouth seafront for my cousin’s birthday. What a delicious meal! There’s an extensive list of fresh fish cooked in different ways available, alongside a list of appetisers, starters, sides and desserts. SO much to choose from, and the most important part is that the restuarant is Coeliac UK approved, and the majority of the menu can be made gluten free safely! All menu items come with a little flag so you’re reassured that your dietary requirements are being catered for. I went for Norwegian Prawns, Lemon Sole (cooked in lemon and olive oil), followed by the Churros with a salted caramel sauce.
All gluten free and low FODMAP. The churros were out of this world – I couldn’t believe they were gluten free (hence why I didn’t take a picture…I genuinely thought that they contained gluten but ordered them anyway!) A short while after this meal, I was kindly invited to return in exchange for a blog post and Instagram coverage. Of course, COVID hit in March, so I’ve only just managed to go back!
In terms of returning post-COVID, the staff were brilliant. We hand-sanitised on arrival and we were seated away from others at a table by the window. Paper menus were issued and all drinks and cutlery were brought on a tray and removed by us to reduce contact. Hand sanitisers were situated throughout the restaurant and a one-way system in place to the toilets. The restaurant was immaculate, and they actually close for an hour to clean thoroughly between the lunch and dinner serving, which is a really great idea. All in all I was very impressed with how seriously they are taking precautions.
For our second visit, I wanted to try other items on the menu so I went for the Mount’s Bay Sardines From the Tin to start which was served with capers, gluten free bread and a seafood sauce (non-low FODMAP followers can have the Sardine Mayonnaise instead, but this was switched by the chef). The sardines were delicious, canned at their peak, and were delightful on toast with the capers and sauce.
My other half had the calamari – which again – came with a seafood sauce to make it low FODMAP (it is usually served with a sweet chilli dip). These were gluten free so I could give them a try! I’m not usually a fan of calamari likening them to rubber bands, but these were so tender, crisp and exactly how they should be. Loved them!
For main, we both ordered from the fresh fish list, which is circled by the server at the start of the meal, see below.
I went for the Dover Sole cooked in lemon and olive oil (it was the last one left, and having had sole before, I knew it was right up my street) and my other half went for Lobster cooked in butter. We ordered a salad and chips (these are unlimited) to accompany our seafood.
Both dishes were cooked to perfection and tasted fresh, the fish flaked and fell apart, and the lobster was so rich, I’ve never tasted anything quite like it! I was so tempted by the lobster, but I do love fresh fish too, and as my other half was ordering it without garlic, I could help myself!
Alongside the meal we tried the Domaine Du Haut Bourg Sauvignon white wine which really complemented the seafood. I do enjoy a dry white wine, and this was paired perfectly. The Rockfish wine list is limited, but carefully selected in my opinion.
Finally, for dessert we shared a Strawberry Cheesecake. The dessert menu is limited currently (I can’t WAIT for the churros to return), but in the meantime there are a few options for those with a sweet tooth. The cheesecake was baked and it was gone in minutes, the perfect end to a delicious meal.
Overall, we both thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Rockfish Restaurant in Weymouth, and I can’t wait to visit again soon. To find out more about the restaurant including their menu, other locations such as Brixham, Dartmouth, Exeter, Exmouth, Torquay, Plymouth and Poole, and all of the information about their gluten free food, click on the links in bold.
They are also taking part in the Eat Out To Help Out scheme this August, don’t miss out! You can read more here.
Our meal at Rockfish was complimentary in return for a review.