Harbour Kitchen

Delicious fresh food, attentive service and a relaxed vibe is Katy Hanley's verdict on this fine-dining restaurant

Restaurant Review

Harbour Kitchen, Torquay

Located on Torquay Harbour, the sea virtually lapping at our feet, this restaurant has a casual vibe but the food is worthy of its ‘fine dining’ description. We were seated upstairs where there is a huge window with a Harbour view. It was packed – locals know about this place, so do make a reservation.   

We met the chef, Tom, who discussed our dietary requirements. His father, Nigel Ward, is a fish merchant at Brixham, so the fish here couldn't be fresher. We relished the appetiser of whiskey-cured smoked salmon with crème fraîche, along with some olive bread and tomato butter.   

To start, my husband chose the “rich and delicious” cassoulet of venison sausage, cuttlefish and white beans. I had the tikka masala fillet of red mullet with onion jam, savouring the mullet and its spiciness (not chilli-hot). The accompanying bhaji was also packed with flavour.  

The turbot, chips and peas were the best fish and chips my husband had eaten. The fresh fish came with rosemary-infused rosti chips – he would have eaten more! Pickled onion shells contained a homemade tartare sauce. Sticking to a spicy theme, I had the monkfish, aubergine rice and Goan curry. All elements were obviously handled by an expert chef. 

My cardamom and orange crème brûlée had a little square of brownie and two slices of fresh orange on top of its sugary hat. My husband plumped for cheese, with five to choose from, served with crackers, cucumber and chutney.

When food is this delicious, I want to return!

Katy loves: the high standard of cooking, the attentive staff, the Harbour view, the fresh fish, the brûlée’s mini chocolate brownie

Sample Menu

Starters

  • Duck breast, prosciutto, bon bon, hoi sin chicory, orange
  • Kedgeree Scotch egg, piccalilli, watercress

Mains                                                            

  • Sea bass loin, crab roll, rosti, samphire, shitake, cep cream
  • Puff pastry pie, tenderstem, artichoke

Desserts

  • Amaretto tiramisu
  • Strawberry & hazelnut cheesecake, strawberries, vanilla ice cream

Prices

  • Starters from £7
  • Mains from £14
  • Desserts from £6 
Harbour Kitchen
16 Victoria Parade
Torquay
Devon
TQ1 2BB
01803 211075
www.harbourkitchen.co.uk
Katy Hanley

Published 27 February 2017

You may also be interested in…

Restaurant Review

Dartmoor Halfway Inn, Bickington

Alex Green enjoys a relaxing family dining experience in this renovated pub

Read more…

Restaurant Review

Boringdon Hall, Plympton

Su Carroll savours her experience at this award-winning restaurant

Read more…

Restaurant Review

The Phoenix, Chudleigh

Fiona Griffiths receives a warm welcome from this relaxed, family-friendly restaurant

Read more…

Restaurant Review

The Ship Inn, Ugborough

Alex Green enjoys fresh seafood in this welcoming, South Devon pub

Read more…

Restaurant Review

Breakwater Bistro, Brixham

Fiona Griffiths enjoys wholesome, home-cooked food at this popular eatery

Read more…

Restaurant Review

Woolacombe Bay Hotel, Woolacombe

Sue Cade enjoys all things coastal and top-notch service at this special North Devon hotel

Read more…

View the archive