Review: V-Cafe @ The Vincent Hotel, Southport

The Vincent is a lifestyle hotel in Southport, Merseyside. Their V-Cafe & bar is famous for it’s sushi but their menu offers something for everyone in a relaxed yet stylish setting…

I was lucky enough to visit The Vincent with my family in April – my sister is a massive sushi enthusiast and was looking forward to tucking into a plate of fresh tuna and salmon. However The Vincent’s innovative menu offers far more than your textbook sushi experience. They are particularly famous for their ‘gringo’ sushi – I spotted this on the menu and thought the combinations displayed looked well thought-out and highly imaginative.

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To start I opted for their soft shell crab sushi maki – that is, in the common roll form, whereas temaki sushi is served in a rolled cone of seaweed. I adore soft shell crab and will eat it whenever I see it on a menu; this way of having it certainly didn’t disappoint. The crab was flavoursome covered with a light, crispy batter that nicely contrasted the sticky rice and dressing.

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For mains my sister decided on their sashimi platter consisting of Tuna, Salmon, Eel, Seabass and Fish Roe. At £19 I’d say this was good value for money given the variety of seafood she got – it was nicely presented and the quality of the fish was extremely good. I always find with sashimi that, although it doesn’t look like much on the plate, the high protein content makes it extremely filling – certainly not a dish you want to feel rushed  into eating.  Fortunately, in the easy-going environment The Vincent provides, my sister was able to clear her plate no problem.

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I had a hankering for something meaty and so opted for the Roast Rump of Lamb, Spring Greens and garlic mash. I saw they had triple cooked chips on the menu and asked for my garlic mash to be exchanged for this. At £18.95, again The Vincent provided good value for money, especially given that lamb is on the pricier side in most restaurants. When my lamb came out I was delighted, it was artistically presented and perfectly pink. My chips were crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and served in an adorable little metal bucket. The rump was tender and moist and the spring greens were cooked expertly, with just a little bit of bite left in them.

The Vincent’s menu advises “Life is uncertain, eat puddings” – so I felt it was only right to order a sticky toffee pudding to round my meal off. Served with vanilla ice cream, it was everything I wished for in such a dessert and although I needed help finishing it I walked away from the Vincent a full, very happy Greedy B. (Apologies for the terrible photograph, I rather overzealously started stuffing my face before realised I hadn’t snapped a picture.)

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 There’s something to be said about the service and the atmosphere at The Vincent – the staff are extremely helpful and happy to answer any questions you have. They seemed genuinely happy to be working there, which I always find satisfying to see as a diner. The decor and lighting is modern and stylish but also welcoming and warm, which can be difficult to pull off in a restaurant of this size – it’s no wonder they have recently been shortlisted for the 2016 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. Every one of their customers was having a good time enjoying a delicious and unique menu – what more could you ask for? And just in case you find yourself having too good a time, the staff have helpfully provided a solution in the form of napkins.

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So, whether you’re visiting Merseyside or are a local there’s no reason not to pay this gem a little visit. Like The Vincent on Facebook or Twitter for updates on their restaurant, hotel and spa – don’t forget to give their website and menu a look too!

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