RestaurantsDevonTorquayTQ1

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Summary

£70
  £££
3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

With his “technically accomplished” cooking of “ingredients he sources locally, including from his own farm in nearby Brixham” and “day-boat Brixham fish that remains a marvel”, “much-admired chef” Simon Hulstone’s well-known destination in a Georgian terrace provides “sophisticated dining in South Devon”. Its ratings are dragged down however, by its toppish prices and those who query “where’s the spark: perfectly OK but it didn’t leave me jumping for joy”.

Summary

£70
  £££
3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

With his “technically accomplished” cooking of “ingredients he sources locally, including from his own farm in nearby Brixham” and “day-boat Brixham fish that remains a marvel”, “much-admired chef” Simon Hulstone’s well-known destination in a Georgian terrace provides “sophisticated dining in South Devon”. Its ratings are dragged down however, by its toppish prices and those who query “where’s the spark: perfectly OK but it didn’t leave me jumping for joy”.

Summary

£64
  £££
3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Simon Hulstone’s sensational food is all about delivering flavour by showcasing ingredients, which he does wonderfully”, according to most reports on the TV-chef’s accoladed venture, in a Georgian terrace, which they applaud as “an intimate hideaway with great views”. “It lacks that special feel” to some diners, though, and ratings have slipped noticeably in the past couple of years, with gripes about food which, especially at the high prices, is “good but not mind-blowing” (“I don’t have a clue as to how it got a Michelin star”).

Summary

£65
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Simon Hulstone’s “friendly” indie “continues to maintain high standards” – and this despite “the chef’s frequent absences to do TV”; there’s the odd sceptic for whom this restaurant in a Georgian terrace doesn’t justify the tyre men’s hype, but fans say that the tasting menus are “quite simply sublime”.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu,Portions
No dress code
14+ at bar

Elephant Restaurant & Brasserie Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Elephant Restaurant & Brasserie Restaurant in TQ1, Torquay by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Elephant Restaurant & Brasserie restaurant.
Tim W
Stunning food with excellent service...
Reviewed 2 months, 16 days ago

"Stunning food with excellent service"

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john h
OK, so regardless of its Michelin starred s...
Reviewed 4 months, 25 days ago

"OK, so regardless of its Michelin starred status, it’s a daft name for a restaurant. But there’s nothing daft about the food. As you might expect with such a place, there’s the inevitable tasting menu. But there’s also a short carte that is rammed with dishes you really want to eat and you’re left spoilt for choice. Eventually, we did make our minds up about what to order. For one of us, there was Brixham crab, an elderflower and dashi jelly, pickled cucumber and an apple geranium sorbet. The sorbet was quite sweet and needed more of the cucumber or something to balance it. The other starter was the better of the two. It featured olive oil poached Jersey Royal potatoes. And, no, I have no idea how they get Jerseys at the beginning of September. It comes with a tangy kohlrabi remoulade, parsley emulsion and crispy seaweed. A good mix of textures and flavours. Then a fillet steak for one of us. Accompaniments were outstanding – a truffle infused potato dauphinoise, hen of the wood (our favourite mushroom) and a mushroom puree. Perfectly pink lamb rump on the other plate. Also there, a thick wedge of charred Hispi cabbage, the bitterness contrasting nicely with the lamb. A well made sauce rounded it all off and I’d have been happy if that was it. But. served in a separate pot, long cooked lamb shoulder and thinly sliced potato. Almost a posh version of Lancashire Hotpot if you will. I could have eaten a bucket load of it without thinking I was being greedy. It really was that good. We both ordered the same dessert. Think a traditional Devon cream tea. Deconstruct it; reimagine it and rebuild it. What you get is probably our most enjoyed course – and it would be very rare for us to say that about desserts. There’s a clotted cream mousse, sliced strawberries, a scattering of scone crumbs, Earl Grey jelly and strawberry juice forming a sauce. An absolute stunner. Coffee was decent espresso, although not piping hot but the accompanying petit fours were excellent – more evidence of the skill of the pastry chef (who deserves a pay rise). This was our second Michelin starred meal in a week and it was a really nice evening, with efficient service which, however, never missed an opportunity to try and upsell. Perhaps unsurprisingly, bearing in mind its accolades, it proved to be the best meal of our week in Torbay. "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £25.50 £29.50
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 85.00 Dinner only 6

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£13.00 £28.00 £5.00 £11.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £20.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
3-4 Beacon Ter, Harbourside, Torquay, TQ1 2BH
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
SundayCLOSED

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