OSCARS OF COWBRIDGE
Oscars in Cowbridge is something of an institution in the Vale of Glamorgan. But rather than rest on its laurels it’s recently been subject to a few subtle changes - funky interior design, art embellished décor, regular music on Wednesdays and a new menu – to ensure it stays ahead of the game.
The approach is more evolution than revolution - with changes carefully thought through so as not to alienate regulars but still attract a younger clientele. First signs are good as you enter - lime green walls, exposed brickwork, a show piece modern ‘chandelier’ and contemporary artwork combine to create a contemporary, fun yet homely feel. It’s quickly apparent the guest singer, Rebecca Hurn, knows her onions too, as she starts a beguiling Taylor Swift-esque set.
There’s an extremely versatile menu – a substantial and varied list of starters and mains, including a good veggie selection, which can be mixed as you wish. Whilst tempted by the idea of a starter followed by a ‘main’ of three starters we opted for a conventional starter/main combo all recommended by our well informed and friendly waiter Richard.
My starter, scallops with Granny Smith puree, was spot on. So fresh and cooked to perfection - caramelised sear on the outside and melt-in-the-mouth salty sweetness inside, complemented by the sharp sweetness of the puree. The fillet steak main, usually a good test of a restaurant at any level, was also top class. Expertly cooked, tender and full of a flavour you only get with a quality, well-aged cut.
Expert preparation was clearly evident with A’s starter of courgette pancake and chili dip too. Initial misgivings that courgette, given its high water content and delicate flavour, would work in a pancake, were put to rest at the first, delicious and firm, bite. Her main, a vegetarian filo strudel, described by A as the best she’s ever had, was generously stuffed with wild rice, ricotta, courgette, basil and watercress – bursting with layers of aromatic, sweet, flowery and peppery flavour.
To cap it all were two scrumptious desserts – a sparkling, syrupy, passion fruit pannacotta and a melt in the mouth toasted brioche with ice cream and honeycomb were a perfect to end a delightful meal.
65 High Street
Cowbridge CF71 7AF
Tel: 01446 771984