8th November 2016 6pm
We’d already visited Three Birds and Apiary so to complete the set we visited Educated Flea, which opened on Broughton Street earlier this year. The restaurant is small and very cute with soothing bluish hues. The menu wasn’t dissimilar to the other two restaurants so we knew what to expect – which was eclectic. The specials looked interesting but this time we opted for the main menu. I chose a pigeon and pork terrine followed by tuna steak. My friend chose clam pakora for her starter followed by a single serving of the Malaysian vegetable curry (also available as a sharing dish for two). We also decided to be brave and try the crispy pigs ear.
The crispy pig ear came out first, very shortly followed by our starters. We both fell in love with the pig ear. Shredded finely and fried, the flavour was moreish, particularly when dipped in the accompanying aioli or Maldon salt. Not as crispy as crackling but certainly with as much impact. Yum! We then got cracking on the starters. My terrine felt a little cold so whilst there was nice flavour, I think with a rise to room temperature it would have imparted more. The accompanying pear piccalilli was delicious, with all the sharpness and tang you would expect. The wheat wafers didn’t really add anything for me. On the other side of the table, the clam pakora were full of flavour but possibly at the detriment to the clam. That being said, we both enjoyed our starters.
The mains looked impressive on arrival. My chargrilled tuna steak was a really healthy portion, cooked to perfection, seared on the outside but still a bit pink in the middle. Balanced on top were a couple of crispy chilli prawns adorned with strands of saffron. These were succulent and cooked well. This all sat on a rice cake, a fish broth and finely sliced veg. The rice in the rice cake was a little on the al dente side but softened a little in the broth. The vegetables were lovely and hadn’t had the flavour cooked out of them. My dining partner really enjoyed her curry. Whilst the sliced chilli was placed in a little side bowl so you could adjust the heat, my friend said there was enough heat in the curry already. It was all delicious, cooked well and she polished it all off.
We decided we could slip some ice cream down the side. Made by Overlangshaw Farm, I went for a scoop of lemon & raspberry frozen yoghurt and a scoop of margarita sorbet. My friend went for the slider option, choosing caramac and vanilla scoops of ice cream sandwiched in a nougat wafer. The scoops were very generous, particularly with the ice cream. The flavours were excellent and thoroughly enjoyed.
Overall we enjoyed our food. A couple of tiny hiccups but were made up for with some excellent food and absolutely lovely staff.
Food – 8/10
Service – 10/10
Atmosphere – 8.5/10
Value – 8/10
Would I eat here again? Yup
Cost £53 for two sets of three courses plus one glass of wine