Low calorie fine dining menu launched at Bel and the Dragon
By Get Surrey
The Sub 1,000 Menu will run throughout January for people wanting to eat a bit healthier this new year
Want to shed those Christmas pounds? Bel and The Dragon has launched a low calorie menu that allows you to still enjoy the luxury of eating out without having to worry about the weight.
At £35 per person, the Sub 1,000 Menu includes three dainty courses using seasonal ingredients plus a glass of Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut.
It is available at Bel and The Dragon’s elegant and uniquely styled country pubs and restaurants in Godalming, Churt and Odiham throughout January.
Interested to find out what it was all about, my partner and I went along to the Odiham restaurant to try the new menu.
Review: Sub 1,000 Menu
STARTER: Seared sword fish with miso, lime zest, pickled celery and pomegranate
If you’re a fan of sashimi or Thai food, you’ll love this. Presented on a round white plate, the thin slices of fish had been lightly seasoned so not to empower the fresh flavours of the miso, zesty lime and pomergrante.
Ribbons of celery made the dainty dish look extra pretty and the vibrant red jewels added a delicious sweetness and new texture to the delicate meat. If you like raw fish, this literally melts in your mouth.
MAIN: Steamed lemon sole and poached langoustine with golden beetroot, leek purée and crispy quinoa
Wonderfully light and flavoursome, the main course was just delectable to look at as it was to eat. Presented again on a large clean plate, the pieces of succulent steamed fish and poached chunky shellfish were complimented by the sweet beetroot chunks and carrot thins.
The leek puree offered a necessary ‘sauce’ to the dish and added a fabulous creamy texture to each mouthful. Although portions were small, each bite backed a fabulous punch and you could tell only the freshest of ingredients had been used.
A sprinkling of toasted quinoa gave a little crunch and the cute flowers made the dish look ever so graceful.
DESSERT: Josper grilled spiced pineapple with coconut water sorbet and candied chilli
To round of the light and elegant menu, we were served a wedge of grilled pineapple and a scoop of refreshing sorbet. The fruit was more exotic than normal what with shards of candied chilli and spices dotted throughout. The sorbet carried a faint but delicious taste of coconut. Personally the chilli added nothing pleasant to the dish and left me picking out hard sugary bits from my teeth for some time afterwards.
The ambiance and service at Bel and the Dragon was friendly, welcoming and relaxed from the moment we stepped in from the bitter wind to the moment we put on our coats.
We could tell how passionate the chef was at producing high quality, innovative and creative dishes by his use of fresh produce and the time and care given to the presentation of each plate.
Flavours used complimented and enhanced one another and every mouthful was divine.
The food was exquisite and the execution was spot on.
I wanted to eat everything again and that was the problem. Having stretched my stomach over the Christmas holidays, I left feeling a bit hungry.
Portions were small and there were no carbs or hearty vegetables to fill me up.
The menu would make a fabulous light lunch with friends or colleagues, but for dinner, perhaps a basket of warm homemade bread to nibble on at the beginning would fill that hole.
Then again, the bread may push the calorie intake over the ‘Sub 1,000’ idea… woops.
Price of laura’s three course set meal including a glass of bubbly: £70
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm and 6pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-9pm
Address: Bel and the Dragon at The George, High Street, Odiham, RG29 1LP
Telephone: 01256 702696
Dress code: Casual
Parking: Street parking immediately outside
Reviewed 3rd April 2018