I am not a food blogger, but I like to blog about good food. And last Thursday Victoria and I
went for our first meal out together in 2017. Our venue of choice was the Village Restaurant located next to Midmac Flyover, because we love seafood and they have started a regular Seafood Night on Thursday evenings.
We knew in advance that this was not going to be a buffet, but having seen the advertising banner for the Seafood Night we kind of expected the food to be similar to that shown in the image. However it turns out the menu looks noting like the photo in the advertising. As you will see when you read on this wasn’t an issue from our side as the meal was fabulous. But I think it would have been better if their advertising reflected what you are actually going to eat.
The Village opened in 2011, and I actually photographed the restaurant before it started trading way back then. It’s such an impressive restaurant spread across 2 floors with different dining experiences on each. The Seafood Night is held in it’s Medi Grill on the ground floor. But one of the really nice things about the Village is its private dining booths on the first floor. Which is very, very popular with those wishing for privacy to enjoy their meal, and thus very popular with families.
On arrival we were greeted at reception and taken to our table which we had reserved in advance. The Medi Grill is a bright and modern restaurant with plenty of space between tables.
The Seafood Night menu gives a choice of two soups, then a starter with salad followed by your choice of main (grilled or fried seafood platter) along with a choice of two sides, and finally a wide choice of desserts.
Both Victoria and I went for the Italian Bouillabaisse soup to get things going. We could have had Cream of Seafood as an alternative choice, but this tomato based soup sounded more to our liking.
Well to be honest. We both agreed that we could have had the fresh bread basket and a bigger bowl of Italian Bouillabaisse each, and we could have gone home very happy right there and then. The soup was everything we expected, tangy tomato with a cocktail of seafood bursting with flavor. And if it wasn’t for the fact that I knew there was so much more food to come, I would have asked for more.
Next came the Starter & Salad. Nothing to choose here, it all comes as standard. Hummus, Shrimp Ceaser Salad, Fish Cake, Bruschetta and Fried Calamari.
It was all delicious, but those Fish Cakes were the best I have ever had. I’m sat here writing this and I can taste them right now. I am craving them, and will definitely be having those again.
That doesn’t mean that anything else was below standard. The Shrimp Ceaser Salad hit the mark as did the Bruchetta and Calamari. But those Fish Cakes were awesome!
For main course you have a choice of Village Seafood Grill or Fritto Misto (fried seafood). I went for the Village Seafood Grill, and Victoria went for the Fritto Misto.
I had chosen Mushroom Risotto and Spinach Mashed Potato to go with my Village Seafood Grill.
While Victoria elected to go for Home Made Fries and Saffron Rice to go with her Fritto Misto.
They both looked delicious, but Victoria instantly regretted going for the Fritto Misto and stared enviously at my Village Seafood Grill.
And for Victoria there was an added problem. She was full! The soup, bread basket and
starter had done for her. She picked a little at her food, and then eat half of my shrimps, which being a gentleman I didn’t mind one bit (Grrrrr…) and that was her finished. And there was nothing I could do to help as I only just had room for my plate and a bit of room left over for dessert. So we both knew at this point what was for breakfast the next day.
I can tell you now, Chef was not impressed at Victoria not being able to finish her food. And I don’t blame him. In fact she hardly started it. He explained that of course we were welcome to takeout what she couldn’t eat, but once it goes cold it will never be as good as it was right there and then. Something we knew as well. But neither of us could do anything about it. We both apologised to Chef and blamed it on the generous preceding courses which had been much larger than expected.
For dessert we were given the option of moving from our table and relocating to the Village Cafe just across the other side of reception.
This was a brilliant move. It was nice to have a change of scene and sit down in a relaxing environment with a cup of coffee while we waited for room in our stomachs for dessert.
After a while I felt like I could handle a nice Cheese Cake, and Victoria decided to have a go at a lovely looking chocolate brownie.
I manged to nail my cheese cake, but once again Victoria floundered on the chocolate brownie.
I managed to almost finish the brownie. But I was done. Well and truly done. The portions in the Village are very generous, and we had both eaten late lunches. A big, massive, mistake.
We loved our evening at the Village Midmac. And we both thoroughly recommend anyone that is into their seafood to pop along and give this place a try. It’s tremendous value at just QR 149 per person, and being a Thursday evening is a great way to start your weekend.