Loch Fyne Seafood and Grill, Portsmouth

As a big seafood fan I was really looking forward to eating here so close to the sea. I didn’t realise it was a chain with over 20 locations until I was in there. I was initially disappointed then to be told there were no oysters or warm lobster dishes available (I love an oyster!) but went on to enjoy a lovely meal nonetheless.

Outside the restaurant

Sat in a nice tucked away corner next to the fresh fish display, we first enjoyed sour dough bread with oil and balsamic with some lovely wine for me, and some spectacular non alcoholic wine for my husband. He gave up alcohol over a year ago and it’s great to see more places having good non alcohol options.

The staff were lovely and attentive and our starters followed shortly after. I had chosen a good old fashioned prawn cocktail from the specials menu, and my husband picked Scottish King Scallops with a chickpea and ‘Nduja stew. The prawn cocktail was as you would expect but the scallops were beautiful and had a nice heat to them.

King Scallop starter

For mains I went for a whole Megrim Sole and my husband for a whole Turbot. We then both chose garlic butter and samphire, I had mash and he had potato gratin. I immediately covered everything on my plate in the garlic butter and began scooping the meat from my fish. I have never had a megrim sole before but I enjoyed it immensely. It was cooked beautifully.

Megrim sole, samphire, mash and garlic butter

Now the next day we had a day of wandering around the historic shipyards, and tours of the Mary Rose and HMS Warrior planned so we indulged in desert for the energy (a great excuse hey) and our waiter recommended the creme brûlée. Wow it was good, it had a great crunchy top and came with honey oat biscuits. I could have eaten another portion quite happily.
Other than not having some oysters in, I was pleasantly surprised by this place and would definitely try one of their other locations in the future. Maybe one that will let me have two portions of desert!

Creme brûlée

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