After my short August-blog-hibernation, I’m back with my first of two food blogs about South Devon and they’re not to be missed.

The Beachhouse is a shabby-chic, cosy and inviting restaurant located in South Milton in Devon. The converted beachhouse may look like nothing more than a shack from afar, but step inside on a chilly evening or sit outside on a sunny Summer afternoon and you’ll be knocked off your wooden bench by the food served here.

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Beautifully battered calamari with a rich garlic aioli

It’s a guaranteed thing that there will always be fresh, delicious seafood on offer here. A classic Beachhouse dish (which has been there the last three years I have visited), is garlic & chilli king prawns – just make sure you ask for a spoon to mop up the delicious and super spicy sauce.

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Garlic & Chili Prawns

Seafood haters don’t fret, the Beachhouse offers an eclectic menu that changes fairly often and there are always plenty of other options available. I had beautiful arancini balls for my main which reminded me slightly of the stuffing balls I have at Christmas, but that’s never a bad thing. Wherever you sit in the Beachhouse for dinner you will be able to see the sun setting over the ocean, which always adds some romanticism to the venue.

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Arancini Balls

The Beachhouse have a slightly unique dining experience, especially for an area usually frequented by families or couples. The wooden tables that fill the dining area seat around six people comfortably and eight at a push, so unless you come here in a group of five or more you will probably end up sharing your table with others and end up talking. This has always been great fun for me as we have met some lovely people in the Beachhouse. For all of you dog owners out there, dogs are warmly welcomed.

So in the unlikely event that you haven’t heard of The Beachhouse and you either live in Devon or you’re going to South Devon next Summer, then this is the place to visit for a memorable dining experience.

If you want to visit: TQ7 3JY

If you want to book: 01548 561144

Bali has always been a hot vacation spot in South-East Asia, but in recent years, websites such as “The Bali Bible” have highlighted some of the most alluring and charismatic places to visit.

With over half a milli0n followers on their Instagram account, they’ve gained themselves quite a reputation, so it’s no wonder that the iconic Ku De Ta made it to “best rated” for bars & restaurants in Bali.

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Kicking off our one-year anniversary celebrations, George and I headed to Ku De Ta for dinner just after sunset, George’s treat!

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We were overly-excited to discover that Ku De Ta served one of our favourite brand of wine back in the UK (Kaiken).

One of the most popular reasons for visiting Ku De Ta for many is to unwind with a cocktail as you admire the unrivalled ‘Bali sunset’, so try and incorporate sunset to make the evening as magical as possible.

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The mood lighting is set to low at Ku De Ta, so my flash will definitely take away some of the loveliness of the food, but it will have to do! This was just one Iberian cured meats pre-starter dish, we chose the chorizo and expected it to be on the modest side, but on the contrary, the portions were very generous (and delicious).

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The prawn & snapper ‘chao shou’ dumplings were the highlight of the evening for me. Dim-sum with spicy chilli sauce has always been my favourite style of the dish, so this had me satisfied from the first mouthful. When we visited, the accompaniment to the dumplings was baked ricotta (which didn’t work so well in my opinion), but just a week later they seemed to have changed this to tofu instead!

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George opted for the suckling pig ‘urutan’ (sounds slightly odd but urutan is a type of dry fermented Balinese sausage), once again the description for this item on the Ku De Ta menu has changed, but the most important thing to know is that the meat was incredibly delicious and I would thoroughly recommend if you’re a pulled pork lover.

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My main was the parmesan & sumac crusted pork roasted apple with potato puree and red cabbage. The pork was less tender and more about the flavour, and when it’s parmesan crusted you aren’t really going to complain. However, this dish didn’t wow me, but by this point I was slightly full and still reminiscing about the dim-sum (oops).

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George opted for a steak based main, my flash is not doing the dish any favours here but it was beautiful. I’m a big fan of establishments that actually serve steak “medium rare” or even “rare”, the way it should be (in my opinion), so Ku De Ta wins there! The service was friendly from start to finish and the restaurant is big enough that we weren’t cramped next to any other tables.

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No meal is ever complete without one last indulgent pudding that you’ve somehow made extra stomach space for. After our meal, we went for a wonder by the front of the restaurant which overlooks the beach – stopping here for an after-dinner cocktail is a great idea for anyone who has the stomach room 🙂

 

Thank-you, Ku De Ta, you lived up to your many accolades.