A few weeks ago we went to Falmouth in Cornwall to visit family and to celebrate a special lady's 90th Birthday. Despite being early April, the weather on Saturday was warm enough to wander through town without a jacket. It seemed like a shame to eat indoors during such a nice spell so we headed to Discovery Quay (also known as Events Square) to have a bite to eat.
Discovery Quay has quickly become a foodies delight. Based around a large piazza, dominated by the National Maritime Museum you will find a whole range of restaurants, from Pizza Express & Zizzi to Rick Stein's Fish with a range of smaller independent restaurants too.
We decided to eat at The Shack, a shellfish restaurant found in between it's sister restaurants, The Shed & The Ranch. These three restaurants share Lee Fuller as the executive chef and while there are similarities with all three, namely locally sourced, fresh ingredients in a relaxed dining setting, each allows their own chefs to put unique touches to make each restaurant a different dining experience.
We of course had to order drinks before any food. The wine list has something for everyone and my Sauvignon Blanc was fruity and light, perfect with the seafood that The Shack specialises in. Sion went for a beer. Refreshingly the beer choices were not your usual mass brewed options, but rather a range of Australian ales. Our server was able to recommend a pale ale based on Sion's preference and he loved it!
But onto the food...As a small starter we ordered 2 fresh Fowey oysters (£2 each) that came on a bed of Samphire, with a generous portion of lemon, dressing and a jar of tabasco sauce. These had been well prepared and were incredibly fresh.
I ordered Whitebait for my main course (£9), that came with a side salad and fries. The whitebait was some of the best that I have ever tasted, meaty and properly fishy! The fries seemed to be in an endless pot, not that I was complaining! But a special mention needs to go to the side salad. Full of fresh salad leaves and herbs, it was lightly dressed in the most gorgeous fresh dressing. I seriously considered ordering a side portion of salad just to continue eating it!
Sion went for the Fowey mussels and fries (£10). A big, steaming bowl of the largest mussels we had ever seen in a creamy parsley sauce. Despite not being a fan of mussels myself I could see that this was a perfect dish, with a lovely parsley and cream sauce. Just as a small point, there was no finger bowl given for Sion to freshen his hands with, although he was more than happy to pop inside to use the facilities.
The menu is not the largest I've ever seen - the lunch menu consisted of 8 choices, including one chicken dish & one vegetarian along with whole crab & lobster based on availability. This to me is a good thing though. Each dish is well thought out, using the freshest of ingredients to make a good, honest plate of food. The Shack is unashamedly a shellfish restaurant and is perhaps one of the best I have ever visited.
I have not been asked to write this review, we paid for our meals and drinks in full.