Living and working in Worthing, I have walked past ‘The Dining Room’ many a time. This time however a new brightened grey façade caught my eye and welcomed me in.
The modestly sized interior was sleek in black with accents of copper in the lamp shades, candle holders and hammered wine chillers.
Greeted with a icy cold bottle of water, we chose a bottle of Leon Perdigal Rose to accompany it. A close friend has recently opened my eyes to Rose and as a white wine lover, I was eased in with a delicately pale one. On inspection of the wine list it was easy to find what I was looking for, due to helpful descriptions and hints on what each wine is like and what it goes with.
The menu for the evening used local produce appropriate for this beautiful season, Summer. Starting off with sunny BBQ vibes we both devoured big fat juicy organic chicken wings coated in the house BBQ sauce that packed a tangy punch.
During a welcomed pause we supped Rose and took in the smooth RnB sounds and relaxing Jazz music, feeling like we were in a bar in New York.
For mains, I snatched the last Pork Belly sourced from Goodwood and my date chose a classic burger and triple cooked chips. The pork belly was tender with a chewy and mouth watering crispy top served with black pudding croquettes, smoked potato mash with green beans and shallots. The black pudding croquettes were a different and welcome treat together with a dollop of apple sauce and of what I had of the mash (my date took a liking and regularly pinched cheeky forkfuls of it) it was delicious. After a big ol bite of my dates burger I can confirm that it was in fact juicy and tasty.
With no hesitation we both ordered the Vice puddings chocolate brownie topped with a buttermilk ice cream. To my delight the brownie was warm and gooey and gave of a heady scent of rich chocolate before we even tucked in. I love the contrast of a hot pudding with ice cream and the fact the ice cream had an interesting flavour other than vanilla, gave it extra appeal.
As you know a blog post by me would not be complete without a peek into the rest rooms. Light grey metro tiles, hand towels instead of a horrible blowy thing and hand lotion, what more can I say guys, boxes were ticked.