Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen is a homely yet sophisticated restaurant located in the centre of town close to Bath Abbey. When visiting Acorn to conduct this review several aspects of the service and food stood out for all the right reasons. Before even visiting the restaurant, when calling to make the booking, employee Mat was accommodating and a pleasure to talk to. Similarly throughout the meal the service from the waitresses was equally friendly and professional. The atmosphere was calming and very comfortable, with blankets and cushions lining the windowsills, gentle background music and soft lighting making it an ideal place for lunch on a sunny day. Clean, simple and friendly.
In order to sample as much as possible of what the vegetarian menu had to offer, we opted for the ‘small dishes’ menu – a tapas style menu consisting of dishes ranging in price from £3.95 to £6.50. We tasted 6 savoury dishes and 2 sweet, including Tamari Cashews, Herb Steamed Beetroots Tossed in Thyme oil & Dukkah, and blackcurrant sorbet.
The dish of Sautéed Rosemary Potatoes was a delightful alternative to heavier carb options common in other restaurants, and accompanied the other richer dishes extremely well. The Polenta Chips with seasonal Ketchup, whilst not resembling chips in the traditional sense also went down very well.
While all of the food we tasted was delicious, the overall favourites from the lunch included the Smoked Field Mushrooms in Rich Demi Glace and the Cauliflower Fritter with Tamarind and Raisin Puree. The Field mushrooms were aromatic and seasoned to perfection, but the almost incense like flavour managed not to overpower the taste of the mushrooms, allowing you to appreciate the variety included in the dish, a bit slippery to pass over the table to share with your friends, but well worth the effort! My personal favourite was the Cauliflower Fritter with Tamarind and Raisin Puree. The balance of spice and seasoning in the fritter was excellent and created a little bit of heat that you could balance out with the raisin puree. The pairing of cauliflour, spices like cumin and the raisin puree was new, original and the flavours married together perfectly. The only downside was the portion size; I could definitely have had more!
To finish we tried the Blackcurrant Sorbet, which was refreshing and flavourful, and the Saffron Poached Pear. The pear was a lovely end to the meal, being fresh and light but with a hint of luxury from the saffron, and with a bit of crunch to the topping that balanced out the textures wonderfully.
Overall there was very little we could fault Acorn for, we were made to feel very comfortable and relaxed, the staff were accommodating and we cannot recommend the food enough. Even if you are not vegetarian yourself, the range of dishes and variety of flavours on the menu means you are still spoilt for choice. This little treasure is well worth a visit, for a light lunch or an evening meal out. 5 stars!