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One fish, two fish …

Amy Hughes

It’s a hard choice on the Channel Islands.  Lobster,  crab, bream,  brill … that’s just a smattering of what’s caught in local waters.

Thankfully, as long as you’re dining with a fellow seafood lover, you don’t have to decide.  Most restaurants, including Da Nello, in Guernsey, offer a seafood platter for two.

We chose Da Nello after being warned it could be tough to get fed in Guernsey on a Sunday.  All of the shops are closed, as well as many of the restaurants.  This Italian restaurant has been around more than 30 years, and was recommended for its long list of fresh catches.

Just a two-minute walk from the seafront, Da Nello is smarter than it looks, with  a real Mediterranean feel inside, with cozy booths and a cavernous room which can seem like an oasis on a hot, sunny day.  The restaurant was full, but we could still hold a comfortable conversation without fear of being overheard or drowned out.

The menu is a perfect duo – half traditional Italian and half fresh fish, and even offers several “low fat” dishes, denoted with a heart.  What a relief for those of us aiming for a late summer bikini break.

I can imagine the heartier, Italian food being a great winter warmer, but when we were there, it was a toasty 24C.  The crab and avocado salad was a terrific starter and bowled me over with the size.  Thick chunks were mixed in with fine white strands of sweet crab and my portion looked like more than a fistful.   My companion enjoyed the crab cake, but the crab salad was the clear winner.

We moved on to the sharing platter, enjoying a half lobster each, scallops, prawns, brill and bream, all drizzled in olive oil and cooked over a char grill.   A bit of garlic and parsley would have been a delicious addition to some of the more bland white fish, but the lobster left us fairly pre-occupied.

Strong will power kept us from ordering the ginger and mascarpone cheesecake, but the strawberries hit the spot, and homemade Guernsey cream was worth the calories.

The food here is simple, but with great local produce, it’d be a shame to spoil it with fussy sauces and new age tricks.  And the staff is happy to accommodate special requests.  The upside is, there’s plenty for fussy eaters, the downside is it makes deciding that much harder for the others.

Da Nello

46 Le Pollet, St. Peter Port, Guernsey

+44 (0) 1481 721 552

www.danello.gg

 

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