The best restaurants in the east of the region have created the ultimate seafood dishes in an annual gastronomic challenge.
Over the next two weeks, twelve restaurants and cafes across Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire will serve their interpretations of classic fish and chips or a surf and turf dish – with a twist.
The North East Wales Tourism and Marketing team challenged local restaurants to design a dish that would celebrate the region’s incredible coastline, epic waterways and local produce in conjunction with the Year of the Sea 2018 from Visit Wales.
Participating restaurants will serve their special dish on a special platter until Sunday, February 11.
Until then, the restaurants will receive two mystery dinners which will assess the dish on presentation and taste, as well as awareness of the Year of the Sea among staff.
At the end, the three top-rated restaurants will compete in a cooking contest on Friday February 16 where a winning dish will be selected.
Joe Bickerton, Destination Manager at Wrexham Council and member of the North East Wales marketing team, said: ‘It’s fantastic to see a wide variety of entries again this year – and again highlights the superb level of creativity from our North East Wales chefs along with the availability of good local produce.
“We really hope that over the next month, diners across the region and those visiting the region will enjoy trying new places and trying the Year of the Sea dish in each place.”
Here are the 12 mouth-watering dishes served as part of the 2018 Year of the Sea, Seafood Challenge
1. Gales: 18 Bridge St, Llangollen LL20 8PF
The land-sea dish will be Pen y Lan pork belly, saffron puree, American sauce, langoustine and quail egg.
2. Old Wives Tales: Trust House, Bridge Street, Corwen, Denbighshire
‘Welsh Pork and Shells’ – Marinated pork, sautéed in garlic and ginger. A farandole of shellfish, sweated in white wine, on a bed of rustic homemade fries, fried in rapeseed oil. Presented in a jar and sprinkled with parsley and coriander.
3. Big boar: 17 rue Chester, mold CH7 1EG
Pork tenderloin wrapped in prosciutto, smoked paprika, shrimp and chorizo risotto, buttered kale, shrimp bisque.
4. Druid’s Inn
MOC! Oh My Cod – Supreme of cod, Parmentier potatoes, mashed peas, leftover dough and malt vinegar caramel.
5. Big Boar: 11 Yorke St, Wrexham LL13 8LW
18 oz bone-in rib steak in Celtic pride, giant crab claws, Perl las sauce. Covent Garden Crispy Spiral Potato, Anglesey Salted Roasted Tomato and
Wrexham Beer Breaded Onion Rings.
6. Lot 11: 11 Hill Street, Wrexham LL11 1SN
Open Reef and Beef Sandwich – Grilled Rumpsteak, Sauteed Mushrooms, Lemon Shrimp, and Basil Mayonnaise on Toasted Sourdough.
7. Croes Howell: Straight Mile, Rossett, Wrexham LL12 0NY
Posh “fish and chips” – cod fillet wrap in a crispy potato. Mashed peas and mint, airy tartar sauce, prosecco dough scraps and lemon crisp.
8. Royal Oak: High Street, Bangor-on-Dee, Wrexham LL13 0BU
Surf and slurp – a hearty winter dish that will warm you from the inside. Braised pork and mussels.
9. Lemon Tree: 29 Rhosddu Road, Wrexham LL11 2LP
Fish and chips revisited – Back of cod pan-fried with paprika, trio of vegetable crisps Variety of peas and warm lemon sauce and tartar cream.
10. Holt Lodge: Wrexham Road, Holt, Wrexham LL13 9SW
Chip n Fin – The dish will be served in newspaper in the shape of a boat which reflects the theme of the sea. In the boat will be served haddock, plaice and mussels. Served with chickpeas and will be a version of French peas, so they are called pois de Gallois, which means peas from Wales.
11. Hafod Restaurant, Coleg Cambria: 11 Grove Park Road, Wrexham LL12 7AA
surf and grass; Duo of Llyfasi lamb, brandade of cod, mesclun, virgin sauce with cockles decorated with a rosemary and currant jus.
12. The Alyn: Station Road, Rossett, Wrexham LL12 0HE
The salmon have sole. The dish consists of thick breaded salmon and sole fries in a bunch of mashed potatoes and lemon jelly, topped with lemon sprouts and charred peas.
What is the year of the sea?
In 2018, Wales celebrates outstanding coastline and invites visitors to discover epic new experiences all around our shores, with special events and attractions throughout the year.
It builds on the success of the 2016 Year of Adventure which focused on adrenaline-fueled literary and culinary adventure and the 2017 Year of Legends which celebrated the past, present and history. future of Wales.