I’ll be showing my age a wee bit here, but Hemingway’s is located down at The Shore, where Giuliano’s used to be.
This new restaurant and cocktail bar describes itself as sophisticated, but don’t be put off if that sounds a bit like too much effort, it’s actually pretty chilled. There’s a relaxed menu of plates designed to be shared. I for one am still loving this sharing plate concept which seems to have taken over so many restaurant menus.
I kicked things off with a cocktail (a Hemingway Daquiri) – I’d definitely recommend going the taxi option if you’re going to Hemingway’s as it is a nice place to enjoy a cocktail or five. I stopped at one this time, I’m still not actually sure why…
Here’s what we had…
Halloumi Chips – more halloumi chunks than fries, but well cooked and served with a lemon tahini dip and pomegranates – one we’d order again.
Bang Bang Chicken – one of our favourite dishes, crispy fried chicken with a spicy sauce and peanut garnish. There was a bit of negotiation over who would have the last piece (the only downside to sharing).
Seared Scallops – a classic combination of beautifully seared scallops with pea puree and chorizo. Quite a generous portion, I have been other places where they have skimped on the scallops and it has been a bit disappointing.
The menu by the way is fashionably split into Land, Sea, Garden and Extras. There’s also Planks which are sharing boards, and Flatbreads, which is self explanatory.
The Skinny Fries with Truffled Pecorino Sauce feature on the Extras menu and were a good side dish – plenty of truffle flavour.
The Smoked Carrot Hummus made a nice change from the standard chickpea version and was garnished with pickled carrot ribbons, and maple seeds. Warm pitta on the side made this a good sharing dish.
The Slow Cooked Ayrshire Pork Belly was pleasant enough, it looked a bit charred, but in fact needed a bit more cooking to create the crispy crackling on top.
Our final sharing dish (did we really eat that much?) was Crispy Prawn ‘Thai Style’ and was probably our favourite of the evening. These tasty morsels packed so much punch, I was hugely tempted to order another portion.
We decided to round things off with a little something sweet – ‘Key Lime’ Cheesecake with Mojito Sorbet. It was the perfect balance of sweet and sharp, very impressed.
Our visit to Hemingway’s was memorable, we’d definitely go back. The dining was laid back and easy, and there’s plenty you want to eat off the menu.
Find out more about Hemingway’s here.