As soon as we entered The Royal Hotel’s Ballroom restaurant, we were eagerly welcomed by the warm staff and taken to our seats. The floor-to-ceiling windows boasted enviable views of Southend’s seafront – and we were just in time to admire the sunset.
For starters, I opted for the ash roasted cod which offered a charred, smoky flavour and succulent flaky texture. The cod was paired with a subtle garlic powder and crunchy red chard which enhanced the dish. Mr Exquisite went for the tomato basil gazpacho, a chilled soup coupled with burrata cheese. For main, I decided on the beef sirloin – and I was not disappointed. The beef sirloin itself was cooked perfectly, topped with rock salt and a light red wine jus. The beef shin melted in the mouth, oozing a rich, juicy flavour which nostalgically reminded me of my favourite childhood stew. Mr Exquisite, who chose the hake, described his dish as extremely soft and tender, embellished with a lemon zing which added a unique component to the meal.
To finish off the delectable meal, I went for the crumble and Mr Exquisite chose the ice creams and sorbets. With fresh strawberries, a crunchy crumble and subtle basil granita, it was a delicious end to a sumptuous meal. The ice cream and sorbet assortment consisted of a vanilla and berry ice cream and palate-cleansing lemon sorbet. Our experience at The Royal Hotel couldn’t have been better and we can’t wait to return!
Call 01702 899 222 to book a table at the Royal Hotel.