Review on Ronnie's Restaurant
The Ronnie of the title is Ron Faulkner, self-named chef/proprietor of this buzzy neighbourhood restaurant within the St Mary shopping centre. The action takes place on two floors of a sympathetically renovated seventeenth-century building with beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls festooned with contemporary artwork. Ronnie's has been awarded The Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year 2009.
Ronnie's does duty as a daytime coffee lounge before feeding the local crowd with lively modern food based around judiciously sourced ingredients. The man himself worked under Anton Mosimann and sharpened his skills at top addresses such as Quaglino's - so it's no surprise that his repertoire includes some racy ideas.
Diver-caught Lyme Bay scallops with Italian bacon, garlic purée and sage butter or twice-cooked organic pork belly might give way to confit leg of rabbit with a spring extravaganza of greens, peas, broad beans and morel jus or plancha-grilled sea bass with Brixham crab tortellini, fennel and sauce 'acqua pazza'. After that, perhaps treacle tart with Mascarpone cream and whiskey milkshake. The carefully selected wine list includes ten decent tipples by the glass.
Modern British / European
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: From 10am Tue-Thu and Sun (8am Fri-Sat)
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Tue-Sun
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.30pm Tue-Thu (10.30pm Fri-Sat)