Sandra Dean - BACP Registered member

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Bacchus restaurant review, Southend on Sea, Essex

I have now been to Bacchus (the new fine dining take on the old restaurants named Glasshouse and San Fairie Ann) for breakfast, Sunday lunches, dinner’s and Christmas Day, so I thought I should update this information, as we have had mixed experiences.
All meals were taken from the end November 2009 to mid January 2010. 
Firstly, breakfast was of very good quality – sausage good and meaty, bacon full of flavour and free range eggs.  The only issue I have is that I dont really like the strong bread with a breakfast (maybe linseed).  Tea is delicious and the surroundings and new format for the restaurant is far better and bigger than before.  We enjoyed it.

Onto lunch – we have enjoyed two Sunday lunches and between us have had the turkey (moist and full of flavour like I have never tasted)and beef (tasty ribs beautifully cooked) and the batter puddings are home made, the veg perfectly cooked and the gravy a delight – nice and rich.  I have also had the chicken with dumplings, and it reminded me of my late great Auntie Ciss’ cooking – which was fabulous!  All cooked fresh with the gravy from real chicken stock. 

Onto dinner, which was not quite as satisfying.  For starters, Michael had the thai fishcakes which he enjoyed – for me, I would have preferred a little dressed salad with them. I had the Tuna Nicoise and what a delight!  It is a huge portion, but two beautifully cooked pieces of fresh tuna atop salad, black olives, sundried tomatoes, green beans, onion, boiled egg and new boiled potatoes.  Very good!

For our mains, we both had the pork belly, but found it was not ‘fall apart’ and rather more tough, with too much fat.  Too rich for me and disappointing.

Christmas Day was disappointing, with an hour wait just to take our order, yet the food was good.

Overall, I would say that right now, they have a good chef there.  But the limited menus are not so good as we eat out quite a lot and tend to go to the same places sometimes if it is good.  And due to other reasons, I will not be returning, but I did give it a good try over the years, through all 3 restaurants.

Sandra 🙂

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