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The fancy bistro typifies quaintness.

Hidden away in an industrial clutter of parking lots, a highway and office spaces is a restaurant that may as well be the personification of quaint. From its Victorian-style wooden architecture, to its creamy walls and French posters, Boulcott St Bistro does not put a foot wrong when it comes to decor. The place looks superb.

I tried a citrus cured Ora King Salmon which came with an orange zest creme fraiche ($18) and an Old Fashioned ($18) as my starter, followed by a herb crusted market fish (the bluenose) which came with a lick of parsnip puree, macadamia pesto and parsley cream ($36) and a side of asparagus with lemon butter  and toasted almonds ($8.50), served with a complimentary bread and butter.

The starter was a wonderful little bed of salmon which hit just the right notes of acidity. Interestingly, the main - the market fish - was not really a self-sustaining dish (the puree and pesto were more ancillary items than actual features of the dish). For any greenery or carbohydrates you needed to order a side. Besides that strange quirk, the herb crusted fish was outstanding, the herbs not too overpowering and the crust just that little bit of texture which any fish dish can benefit from.

A night at Boulcott is a fancy and quaint affair, but do bring your wallet well-lined if you want to make the most of it.

Published on October 21, 2014 by Laetitia Laubscher

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