Dining Out in Dorchester, Dorset
Prezzo, Dorchester, Dorchester
Prezzo restaurants are of particular appeal to those who like genuine Italian cuisine, and they use only the best seasonal products, many of which are imported directly from Italy. The menu includes pizza, pasta, risotto, grilled meats, fresh salads and frequently changing specials. The freshly baked breads, like the garlic bread with mozzarella cheese, are perfect for sharing and give you adequate breathing space to order starters to follow. Crab cakes served with garlic mayonnaise or grilled goat's cheese with plum tomatoes and caramelised onions on foccacia bread with a balsamic glaze set the tone for a hearty meal. Best fun is to order an antipasto platter to share made up from seven well loved Italian nibbles. Find pastas such as the unusual penne con salmone, with oak-roasted salmon, broccoli and fresh chillies in a red pesto and cream sauce, or firm favourites like spaghetti with meatballs, spaghetti Bolognese, and fusilli al pesto, asparagus spears with field mushrooms and roasted peppers in a basil pesto sauce. Amongst the special pastas, the pollo mariano, seasoned chicken, pepperoni sausage, roasted peppers and fusilli in tomato sauce, is interesting and different.
Italian menus would be incomplete without risotto, like tiger prawns with petits pois in a creamy saffron sauce. Classic pizzas embrace, among a wide selection, the popular napoletana, topped with yellowfin tuna, tomato, white anchovies, capers, red onion, mozzarella and marinated olives, and the much loved quattro stagioni - pepperoni sausage, prosciutto ham, artichoke, field mushrooms, capers, marinated olives, mozzarella and tomato. Specials could include the pollo Siciliana, char-grilled chicken breast, prosciutto ham and plum tomato slices, baked with their blend of cheese, only one example from the many tempting offerings that come out from the Prezzo kitchens. You can accompany the food with a variety of tipples, though for many, Italian food requires Italian wines to be enjoyed to the full, ranging from house wine through Morellino di Scansano and Prosecco to liqueurs and beer, and there is espresso or fresh ground coffee to wind up an enjoyable meal, in company with a glass of grappa or sambuca. This is Italian food at its attractive best, convincing and bringing together the traditional with the modern twist or two against a background of excellent value.
Judge Jeffrey's, 6 High Street West, Dorchester, Dorset. DT1 1UJ.
Tel. 01305 259678
Sienna was opened in April 2003 by Chef Russell Brown & Eléna Brown, and since then has gained a reputation for fine food and wine.
Their philosophy revolves around using good seasonal produce, making everything possible in-house, and running an interesting and diverse wine list as well as providing friendly service in a relaxed and stylish environment.
The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in January 2010, and also holds three 3 AA rosettes and is Good Food Guide listed.
Following the release of the Michelin Red Guide 2011, we are delighted to announce that Sienna has retained its first Michelin star, awarded in January 2010.
Assessed via a series of unannounced inspections, this is currently the only Michelin star held in Dorset, and Russell, Elena and the staff are over the moon about the news!
Sienna Restaurant, 36 High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset. DT1 1UP.
Tel. 01305 250022
"Cafe bistro, restaurant taste*" is exactly what it says - a great cafe bistro with a lively buzz from breakfast to afternoon tea, when it turns into a relaxing restaurant serving a more serene supper to a luxurious dinner in the evening. The extensive menu demands that 'taste*' buys the finest produce from local suppliers, who source as much as possible from local producers.
The restaurant covers everything from the essential breakfast, leisurely brunch or business lunch or just an overdue get together. The menu uses seasonal produce and always boasts an exciting Daily Homemade specials board. The new kitchen is now supervised by award-winning chef Todd Moffat.
taste*, Trinity Street, Dorchester, Dorset. DT1 1UB.
Tel. 01305 257776
Yalbury Cottage Restaurant, Dorchester
Situated in the oldest part of the cottage, the lounge and restaurant are full of character with oak-beamed ceilings and inglenook fireplaces and exposed stone walls.
The award winning restaurant offers the finest of locally sourced produce from the surrounding area, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. There is a small but interesting cellar of wines, which will please even the most discerning of wine connoisseurs.
The Lounge is the perfect spot in which to enjoy a glass of champagne with canapés while perusing the menu or unwinding after dinner in front of the fire with a coffee and a vintage brandy and provides the perfect setting for an intimate dinner, private lunch party or family celebration.
Lower Bockhampton, Dorchester, Dorset. DT2 8PZ.
Tel. 01305 262382
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