This week, Ben sees if a recommendation is as good as it’s made out to be.
When by the water, personally I crave an enormous piece of fish for my dinner. Especially in the sweltering heatwave that shows no sign of abating, I found myself in Plymouth last week in search of a waterfront and some seafood that would be fresh and seasonal.
My touring singing colleagues rave about Platters, so I thought I’d take a look. In the heart of the Barbican (coincidentally around 3 minutes walk from the excellent Plymouth Gin distillery…), no more than a fishing rod line cast away from the water itself, it is ideally positioned to attract passing trade.
Friendly waiting staff, even under the joint duress of heavy trade and intense heat, managed to find me a prime seat outside to watch the world go by. Water was provided (gratis), alongside a clear and concise menu. Bread was brought to the table, but there was no problem when I sent it away (gluten intolerant!).
I ordered a starter and a main, and felt at no point under any sort of time pressure. Meltingly soft scallops in decadent garlic butter: simple, elegant, crowd pleasing and packing a punch. A trio of grilled fish followed: lemon sole, salmon and line-caught cod. Perfectly cooked, succulent, moist, retaining insistent fidelity to the flavour of the fish itself. All served with the best chips I’ve ever eaten. Triple cooked, soft and crispy on the outside. The tired, under-energised, monopoly-stymied chippies of my childhood should take note. I couldn’t finish them all, so there’s a challenge for y’all…
Two courses of the freshest seafood in town, and a soft drink, for £25. I see VERY little to argue with here. Would work equally well as a casual lunch or a decadent evening meal. Get there!