Review: Bar Venezia

From the moment you walk into Bar Venezia, you cannot fail but to be impressed by the individual Mediterranean ambience and the historical, unique location situated on the famous quayside with views across the river Exe. It is the perfect place to sit out of a summers evening and we really wanted to try out their new menu after the takeaway menu was posted through our door. The extensive menu offers the very best in Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Greek cuisine, including a tremendous selection of succulent fish, vegetarian, meat and pasta dishes, or the classic pizza.

We attended on a Jazz Friday with Annika Skoogh, a lovely relaxed atmosphere with smooth jazz to accompany our meals, making it extra chilled.

Nick chose his trademark Calamari to start- lightly dusted Squid rings and tentacles, deep fried and served with sweet chilli dip. The squid was cooked well and wasn't chewy at all. It lacked a little in flavour, but the sweet chilli dipping sauce soon sorted that out, it was delicious!

 I ordered Falafel Pitta to start, but sadly there were no falafels left. I then chose to start with some nachos. Cheese, Salsa. Sour Cream & Guacamole. I wasn't prepared for just how big the plate was, probably more suited for sharing! I gave it my best shot.  The salsa was lovely and spicy and there was plenty of tasty cheese and guacamole.

For the main course, Nick went for a half pound of real Angus Beef burger with Emmental Cheese, salad and curly fries. The burger lacked any real flavour, and didn't taste as though it had been made in house, which was disappointing.

I chose a Spicy Mexican Chicken & Chorizo pizza. They freshly make their pizza bases, and you can tell.  All the ingredients were lovely and fresh, well spiced and very tasty.  My only issue was that the base in the middle was a little soggy.

Food *** Service ***** Atmosphere *****

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