REVIEW: Inviting Bury St Edmunds café offers unhurried ambience

Caf� del Mar in St John's Street, Bury St Edmunds
Caf� del Mar in St John's Street, Bury St Edmunds

Café del Mar offers a relaxed atmosphere, with lights and ivy helping to create an attractive and inviting dining space.

My guest and I enjoyed a friendly welcome and, though we hadn’t booked, arrived early enough to choose where we sat. I would advise late diners book though, if possible.

The menu features an exciting variety of Mediterranean cuisine, particularly Spanish and Greek dishes, and some great seafood and vegetarian options, though more descriptions would be helpful.

With nibbles, sharing platters, tapas/meze and mains, diners must first decide what format their meal will take. Hungry, we opted for three courses each.

The crayfish salad was succulent and full of flavour, with ingredients like sugar snap peas and avocado helping to create an interesting dish, while the bread with oils was fresh and plentiful.

The spanakopita was enjoyable, though not remarkable, the side of chips was unexpectedly large and the swordfish was beautifully cooked, though served with a sparse number of vegetables.

The ice cream was delicious and the pouring chocolate with the dry, crumbly brownie cake was much appreciated, but the real surprise was the eastern mess.

A fun twist on the more traditional Eton mess, this consisted of a wonderful cacophony of flavours - meringue, Greek yoghurt, pistachios and a pink dusting that tasted of Turkish delight.

We were most impressed by the freshness of the food, that each dish was cooked to order and by the unhurried ambience of the restaurant.

OUR MENU

Starters:

Bread with oils

Crayfish salad (Mixed leaves, avocado, crayfish, tomatoes, cucumber, sugar snap peas and spring onions with a lime and chilli dressing)

Mains:

Swordfish steak with salmoriglio and veg

Spanakopita pie (spinach and feta pie made with olive oil pastry, served with Greek salad, homemade tzatziki and pitta)

Sides:

Chips

Desserts:

Eastern mess

Chocolate brownie cake

Ice cream

Total food bill: £45.25