Rosie's Vineyard - Southsea

I have never done a restaurant post before but I just had to tell you about a little place I went on Monday night. I realise a lot of bloggers are in the north or London but should you ever find yourself in Portsmouth - say hello to me first - then get yourself over to Rosie's.

Ryan and I have just moved to Southsea and are having a great time sussing out the local cuisine. As we walked down Elm Grove, Rosie's immediately drew us in with the really rustic looking exterior, I love places with really unique decor.  After a little look at the menu, we were sold and headed in. It was quite quiet but it was a Monday nice and it still felt warm and welcoming thanks to our lovely waitress. You could almost be in Italy with the vines, and lamps setting the mood and there looked like there was a lot to be explored.They describe themselves as a wine bar and bistro, and they certainly had a great selection although being a Monday night we didn't give it any a try.

The menu, I would describe as brasserie style with interesting twists and combinations. Starters ranged from £6-7 and included many delicious options such as an asparagus salad, goats cheese crottin and a chicken liver parfait. There were also some great sharer platter options if you're in a larger group. Ryan and I opted to share a parfait but unfortunately we both inhaled it too quickly to photograph. It was served with beautiful toasted brioche, and the most amazing morello cherry chutney that we were both fighting over. The portion was huge, and our waitress gladly topped up our bread to make the most of it all.

For main I was so torn between several dishes but settled for the 'Wild Mushroom, Leek and Brie Wellington served with Mustard Dauphinoise Potatoes, Snap Peas, Chantenay Carrots'. It was so lovely and rich, and again a really generous portion size. The brie really brought it all together and made it really melt in the mouth. Ryan had the crab with Sticky Paprika Potatoes and Spring onion Mayo which looked so fresh and summery and was also lovely (it must have been good to fill him up!). The service was perfect speed, and our waitress was sweet and chatty without being overbearing.

By the end we were desperate to try dessert but we were so full, we decided to leave it for another visit. The bill came to less than £40 for all the food plus drinks which for that kind of quality was amazing. Rosie's run all kinds of jazz nights and live music so I would love to come back and explore on a livelier night. I'd say the restaurant is particularly great for couples as it is really cosy but I can imagine at the weekend they'd be great for a party. If you would like to check out their mouth watering menu, or upcoming events you just have to visit their website.

If you've ever been to Portsmouth, I'd love to hear your recommendations - we're always looking for somewhere new to try.

Until next time.
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