My son recently reviewed the Cosy Club in Taunton. It’s fair to say Lewis is a foodie, as he’s a River Cottage trained chef who definitely knows what he likes. He and his girlfriend had a wonderful evening. Here’s his review.
The Cosy Club
It may have taken a while for me to find out, but when dining out, eating in a lounge atmosphere is probably one of the most relaxing and homelike feelings in the world. Cosy Club delivers a quirky, casual dining experience, accompanied with tasty food, exciting cocktails and view of interesting oil paintings displayed throughout the restaurant – all hand-picked by the Director himself.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by an enthusiastic staff member and shown to a table next to a window and most importantly – the bar. The Cosy Club was split into a lounge and a restaurant, so the bar served both the drinkers and the diners. This mix of clientele usually ends up with a dining experience accompanied with earplugs and a megaphone to talk to the person sat next to you, however, due to the split of lounge and restaurant, us diners were able to eat with only the mere sound of background chat and music. This lively and positive atmosphere made us feel right at home.
Having browsed the menu for a few minutes the waiter came to take our drink order, however at this point, we were ready to order food, too.
To start we ordered the ‘Blighty’, which was a sharing board consisting of an in-house made scotch egg, whole baked camembert, popcorn bacon and pickled onions with tomato chutney and sourdough toast. This was described as “perfect for sharing”. I thoroughly enjoyed this starter, it was presented beautifully on a silver tray and each part was cooked perfectly. To accompany this, I enjoyed a glass of Pinot Noir from the large selection available on the wine menu.
For the main course, we enjoyed a Thai green chicken curry with coconut and coriander rice, spring rolls and a sweet chilli dipping sauce and the pan-fried sea bass with sugar snap peas, baby corn, red pepper, pak choi, red chilli, toasted cashews and a honey, soy and ginger dressing; Both of which are new additions to the menu. The chicken in the curry was tender and the rice was very flavoursome, the whole dish was well made and well presented, I especially enjoyed the spring rolls! Despite being well presented, I found it difficult to mix the rice and curry together as they were in separate bowls with no space to mix.
The seabass had a lovely crispy skin and the dressing over the vegetables was rich with a slight kick. The seasonal vegetables made the dish feel healthy whilst still being filling.
For dessert, we ordered the mini pudding sharing plate for two which had a lemon posset with berry compote, chocolate brownies with chocolate sauce, berry and almond slice and salted caramel shortbread with boozy cherries, costing £9.95. We also sampled the new Nutella and vanilla cream doughnut which came topped with candyfloss and raspberry dust. While the sweet mix of flavours complimented each other, there was not any Nutella inside the doughnut, instead, a quenelle of creamy Nutella mixture rest on top. In my opinion, I would have preferred the Nutella mixture to have oozed out as I sliced into the doughnut, but that’s just me.
As our meal came to an end, we finished our dining experience with a cocktail and a glass of cognac. The cocktail was the Rosemary Rivera which was “a delightful little blend of Italian fizz, elderflower and pear liqueurs, a touch of rosemary and a hint of lemon.” The cocktail came in a large wine glass with a sprig of rosemary in the top. I found it both refreshing and tasty.
Overall, we enjoyed the food and the portion sizes are definitely plentiful – a little bit too big for us. The waiting staff were courteous and energetic and the atmosphere was very welcoming. For a good priced, homely meal with tasty cocktails and excellent service, The Cosy Club is definitely the place to go. Thanks so much for having us.
I’ll try and persuade Lewis to write more food-related posts. I know he’s a fan of food festivals so it would be great to hear his thoughts on them.