Beets and curds at The Elephant Restaurant, Torquay

The Room at The Elephant, Torquay, dinner

Tasting menu from a dinner in the Michelin starred The Room at The Elephant, Torquay,  as a guest of Simon Hulstone where wine and courses are optional:

Beets and Curds

Candy, golden and Cheltenham beets, elderflower, Vulscombe goats cheese, tansy

Rioja Bianco 2009 Montelciego, Rioja, Spain

Ham Hock

Tortellini, toffee pea, salted pecans, shoots

Vouvray 2009 Domaine du Vaufuget, Loire, France


Parsnip, lardo, verjus, spring onions, golden sultanas, flowers

(St Aubin 1er Cru 2008 ‘La Chanteniere’ Domaine Gerard Thomas, Bourgogne, France)


Roasted breast, celeriac puree, pak choi, spiced honey, pain d’epices

(Pinot Nior 2008 Tindall Vineyard, Marlborough, New Zealand)


Choice of artisan Westcountry cheeses from the trolley

Aleatico di Puglia 2009 A Mano, Puglia, Italy


Passion fruit, vanilla, honeycomb, citrus

Noble Riesling 2009 Paul Cluver, Elgin, South Africa


Coffee or tea with petit fours

Qin Xie

Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef.

When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN.

Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014.

According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.

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