Review: Urban Reef

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Urban Beach – winners of tripAdvisor’s ‘Certificate of Excellence’ 2012 – is already well known for their impeccable food and excellent hospitality. In addition to their successful bistro, the team also designed, built and now operate the lavish seafront bar/café/deli/restaurant Urban Reef, located on Boscombe promenade.

What strikes you straight away when you step through the doors is an oak-clad back wall which is covered in tiny candles of all different colours. With a roaring fire, soft funky music and beach views from the 90-seater sun deck, the atmosphere is not to be beaten.

Despite how busy they were on Saturday night, the staff were extremely friendly and accommodating and could answer any queries we had. Upon browsing the menu, it was also important to note that Urban Reef (and the Urban Beach Hotel) prides themselves on serving locally sourced, sustainable food.

To start, we shared a rich Somerset baked camembert, perfectly seasoned and served with a selection of freshly baked bread. My partner then opted for the smoked salmon fillet, which he said had crispy skin and was slightly spiced.  Complimented with Poole clams, poached duck egg and cauliflower volute, the entire plate was a feast for the palate.

I chose a chicken gnocchi drizzled in a parmesan and basil cream. The flavours in both dishes demonstrated the chefs’ clear passion for and experience in fine cuisine.  I would thoroughly recommend Urban Reef to those looking for a romantic meal, a party, or even just for a few aptly-named cocktails on a weeknight (that’s next on my list to try!).



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Jenna Lloyd

Jenna Lloyd

Jenna is currently studying at the University of Winchester but lives here in sunny Bournemouth. In her spare time she can either be found in little pubs with live music and good company, blogging about health and lifestyle, or cheering on her local roller derby teams.

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