Platters Restaurant, Plymouth
Platters is my favourite restaurant in all the world (and I told the owner so during our last visit). Situated on Plymouth’s Barbican, it’s forte is (unsurprisingly) fresh fish. For those not so keen on sea food, they also do some excellent steaks. And possibly the best chips in the world.
The restaurant is small, cosy if you are eating with friends, but with the tables so close together, not suitable for a romantic candlelit dinner! The restaurant is family owned and run, and you can always guarantee and friendly welcome. It is constantly busy, so even if you have booked, you may find yourself being sent next door to the Dolphin pub for a drink if your table is not immediately ready. Don’t worry if you haven’t finished your drink, you can take it with you
Their regular menu is extensive, but in addition you need to check the chalk board for the days specials, which vary on what has been caught. The size of the dishes range from big to enormous, whilst the prices are reasonable, meaning that there is more or less something for everyone.
I have eaten there many times before (I may have mentioned that it is my most favourite restaurant in the world!), so have tried several different dishes. From past experience, we know to skip the starters and go straight to the Main Course, as the portions are very generous. On this occasion, I decided to be virtuous, skip the chips and opt for the Ciopinno, or which is basically a fish stew. Besides, I knew whatever my husband ordered would be served with chips and with the huge portions, there would be some spare. Anyway, back to the Ciopinno. It’s tomato based, with white fish, then King Prawns, Crab Claws, and Mussels, all in the shell. It was delicious. And messy. Do not attempt this dish in a light coloured outfit. In fact, some sort of bib is highly recommended. Nutcrackers are provided to break your way into the crab, along with the necessary pointy implement to dig out the meat. I enjoyed every mouthful, but still couldn’t quite clear the plate. The fact that they give you a big basket of delicious bread at the start of the meal probably doesn’t help!
My husband is not a fan of sea food, which is how we know they do a good steak. And he still loves the place as much as I do. He has recently taken some baby steps into the world of fish, and so ordered ‘Surf and Turf’, which adds King Prawns to your choice of Steak. Once again, he wasn’t disappointed, and enjoyed both Cow and Crustacean. As previously mentioned, this dish comes with a huge side order of chips, as well as the mushrooms, tomato and peas that come on the plate. A selection of sauces are offered.
If you have room, desserts are available, but I don’t think I’ve ever managed it!
Menus and details can be found on their website: http://www.platters-restaurant.co.uk/index.htm