St Aubins Village really is the destination for foodies in Jersey. With a different eaterie for each night of a two week holiday, it’s difficult to know where to start.
A firm favourite with locals is The Salty Dog Bistro, nestled on the harbour side and offering an eclectic mix of dishes, many with an Asian twist and all with lashings of flavour. Heavy on Genuine Jersey produce, the menu never fails to disappoint – indeed it’s often quite a challenge to choose between the tasty treats on offer.
In a stylish yet informal setting, tables for 2 blend seamlessly with larger groups and an intimate atmosphere is encouraged, not least by the several sharing platters included in the menu, alongside the plentiful individual dishes. Salty’s Tasting Platter from the starter menu offers a selection of bite size nibbles to suit all palates, perfect for those who find it hard to pick just one dish! The jewel in the crown must be the Sumptuous Surf & Turf for Two (or more) which is quite a sight to behold. With a fan base in it’s own right, the generous mix of 1/2 a lobster per person, scallops, succulent king prawns & beef fillet medallions, served with your choice of side dish, is recommended for the hard-to-fill! Not that the selection of delicious local seafood, meat & various flavoursome curry dishes on the menu would leave anyone feeling hungry.
Should you find space for dessert, the bag of warm donuts with dipping sauces evokes tasty memories of childhood trips to the funfair, and the generous cheese platter is perfect accompanied by a glass red or a sip of port. Speaking of drinks, the pre-dinner cocktail list offers something for everyone whilst the wine list is well thought through and fairly priced. We can heartily recommend the Malbec, which compliments the ‘Reef & Beef’ beautifully.
The whole family are welcome at the Salty Dog, with the 2 course ‘Salty Puppy’ menu offering excellent value and a great choice of dishes for the little ones. Moules marinere, Organic Salmon & Coconut Chicken Curry certainly make a welcome change from the more hum-drum kids menus offered elsewhere.
Cosy and intimate in the winter months, the restaurant really comes alive when the sun comes out and the large outdoor terrace opens for business. South-East facing, it catches the sun in the afternoon and diners can sit back and relax, listening to the water lapping the harbour wall and the moored boats swaying with the tide.
Whether you’re visiting Jersey for two nights or two weeks, the Salty Dog really should not to be missed.