This quality Totnes restaurant stands out from the crowd, writes Jeff Cooper
There is plenty of choice when it comes to eating out in Totnes, a town with a good choice of restaurants serving different styles of food. So when the owners of the town’s popular Waterside Bistro, Matt and Delphine Buzzo, recently opened the New Walk Brasserie, my curiosity was aroused and my appetite whetted.
The New Walk Brasserie is located in a beautiful Georgian house on the Plains. The spacious downstairs bar has a red leather and wood interior, with a high ceiling and plenty of seating including sofas to relax in for a drink. The wine list is extensive with 60 to choose from, both local and from around the world. The New Walk Brasserie serves taster glasses (75ml) for £2 and bottles of wine are available to take home at £10 off the price, or bring your own, corkage for which is charged at £10. There is a selection of 40 spirits and six draught beers, largers and ciders, as well as bottled versions.
We enjoyed a glass of champagne with Joe Buzzo (Matt’s father) and his wife, Sandra, who are as enthusiastic about this new venture as their son. “We are really encouraged by the amount of bookings we have had. People already exepect a high standard of cooking from Matt’s success at the Waterside Bistro and I think this helps the New Walk Brasserie,” Joe says.
Our orders taken, we were led to a table upstairs with a view over The Plains. The atmosphere at the New Walk Brasserie is a little more formal than the Waterside and has a restaurant feel, but is relaxed. The staff are extremely helpful and polite. I chose Brixham scallops to start: they were plump and soft in texture served in a garlic sauce with parsley. My wife had crunchy asparagus served with a light bearnaise sauce and a few shavings of parmesan that helped bring out the flavours. My main course of rump steak was cooked exactly how I like it – medium rare – with thin-cut crispy chips. My wife’s whole sea bass tasted fresh, with a garlic butter that didn’t overwhelm the dish, and was served with salad and new potatoes. We could only just manage to share a dessert of chocolate, chestnut and brandy terrine, served with tangy raspberry coulis.
The New Walk Brasserie is a welcome addition to the food scene in Totnes and is worth a visit for its good menu and helpful service.
Published 17 April 2011
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