half marathon food & drinkJuly 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Posted in Eating & Drinking Out, My meal, With friends | Comments Off
1 week ago today I proudly completely the Torbay Half Marathon (2hrs 2mins 30 secs) with a special friend. This is the furthest I have ever run and as we were staying in Torquay that night with our hubstars it only seemed right to indulge in some celebratory drink, food and then more drink!
The morning of our run was cloudy and quite cold for this time of year however by the time we walked down into Torquay it was mid afternoon and the sun was starting to shine. So the hunt was on for a nice bar/restaurant to sit outside with some bubbles before having a leisurely late lunch. We didn’t think that was much to ask but it seemed in Torquay that every restaurant we liked the look of stopped serving at 2pm. Eventually we settled in the Reah Bros. restaurant & bar in the Pavilion for a bottle of Prosecco and nibbles (the men were hungry and the girls wanted bubbles!), the 1 bottle soon turned to 2 and yet more crisps!
Next we headed off to find some food and by then I fancied Italian (well pizza really), we stumbled across Amici on the Rotunda with seating outside and harbour views. So while pondering over the menu we sat in the sun with another Prosecco and some olives. We decided on 2 starters to share: Calamari Fritti (calamari rings dusted in flour and deep-fried. Served with a caper, lemon and mayonnaise dip) and Supplí di Riso (Risotto balls coated in breadcrumbs deep-fried with mozzarella. Accompanied by a tangy tomato sauce,with a hint of chilli) both were delicious.
For main it will be no surprise for many that I chose a Americana pizza which just had so much pepperoni I was in heaven and I have to say Giovannis this is the way to do it (I almost thought about emailing them the picture!). My running buddy had Rigatoni Gorgonzola E Pollo (Pasta Tubes in a cream sauce of chicken, smooth gorgonzola and spinach) while our hubstars enjoyed Spaghetti Carbonara and Amici’s Classic Burger.
And my conclusion of Amici restaurant, the food was delicious and excellent value for money and the waiting staff were fab as well as friendly. To be honest I think we also entertained them as us runners sat there proudly wearing our medals with the men trying to speak Italian and asking for Hockings Ice Cream! In short I would highly recommend eating here if you happen to be visiting Torquay.
I also want to give a BIG mention to The Hole in the Wall pub where we ended our evening with some great entertainment by Drew Millin, good wine, friendly bar staff and I highly suspect some drunken chat! Another must when visiting Torquay.