Truffles of Southsea
Truffles of Southsea, tucked behind the Common by Western Parade on a quiet Victorian street, has the air of a French bistro. Comfortable, stripe-upholstered banquettes, intimate seating, large gilt mirrors, soft lighting and the melodious tones of Edith Piaf add to the Continental ambience.
Once seated and sipping crisp, dry, refreshing glasses of Picpoul de Pinet from the Languedoc, my partner chose ginger-infused cured salmon served thinly sliced with tangy wasabi mayonnaise. I opted for confit duck leg in tasty orange sauce – a mouth-watering delight. Next, from head chef Chris’s open-plan kitchen, came generously portioned, medium-rare rib-eye steak for my partner, served with sauce au poivre and Dauphinoise potatoes, while I was delighted with grilled hake in utterly yummy ginger and apple purée served with perfectly prepared pak choi and a side of courgettes. The conclusion to this very fine dinner was an oh-so-lemony tart with chantilly cream, while my other half couldn’t resist several scoops of mango sorbet.
French ferry travellers, yearning for excellent seasonal and locally sourced meals, would be charmed by Truffl es of Southsea, as would those planning a wedding breakfast following their ceremony at the nearby record office. Suffice to say, locals know the route to this charming bistro well.