The Dome, Hoe Rd, Plymouth PL1 2NZ
Boasts of its view but it was dark when we were there! We were the only customers, which is always an awkward position to be in but especially so in this enormous restaurant and bar.
Nick started with seared scallops which came with lemon risotto, pea puree, and pancetta crumb at £12. I chose the Smoked duck with burnt orange and it was the best starter I've had in ages. Different but really good. The flavours were all distinct if eaten separately but blended together amazingly well.
For mains Nick went for the slow braised ox cheek in a tomato & red wine ragù with orecchiette, garnished with fried sage (£18.00). However he discovered he wasn't keen on the little ears of pasta which he said made the ragù slimy. I had a taste and agreed with the textural problem but thought the ragù very good - similar to the venison ragù served at Sapori Link (but not as good).
For my main, I had the Devon crab & chilli linguine which apparently came with semi dried cherry tomatoes (£17.00) I could actually taste the crab, but simultaneously there was almost no taste of chilli. The linguine was more like tagliatelle, and garnished with only 3 half cherry tomatoes which showed no sign of being semi dried.
We drank only one large glass of wine each; a tip was automatically added to bill bringing it to £76. Ouch! particularly as Nick was less than impressed with his main course.