The Garage, Buckingham
3 Well St, Buckingham MK18 1EW 01280 832 300
A Gem in the Hidden Quarter of Buckingham
This once derelict old building has been brought back to life! Grand arched windows, lofty industrial interior, a buzzing open kitchen upstairs and beautiful old beams are just some of the attractive features of this tastefully decorated venue. They’ve even got the fine art of ambience down to a tee.
The bar serves an extensive selection of cocktails, wine and spirits and a notable array of gins.
The front of house was impressively quick to welcome us and the friendly service staff maintained this standard throughout the evening.
Perfect mix of sweet and tang
A Colonial Sherry Cobbler cocktail spiked my mood with its fresh lemon, lime and grapefruit segments, Manzanilla Sherry, Gin and Lemon Sherbet. The perfect mix of sweet and tang!
The starters were stunning. I went for an old classic with a twist – Caesar Salad with Panko crumbed Chicken Thigh Croquettes, dressed Romaine Lettuce, Anchovy Fillets, Pecorino Shavings. I’ve never had a Caesar salad quite like this before. All the usual’s were there except the chicken was rolled into a ball and coated with well-seasoned breadcrumbs – an awesome twist in place of croutons.
My guest went for the Fragrant Beef Tacos, Slow Cooked Aromatic Beef, Crisp Floured Tortillas, Pickled Red Cabbage, Avocado Puree. This starter is so delicious. The tiny tacos are hidden under generous piles of succulent pulled beef that melts in your mouth, releasing fragrant juices which are seasoned to absolute perfection! This was the dish that lured me in a few weeks ago and inspired me to return.
For my main I had the Moroccan Marinated Lamb Rump, Chipotle & Tomato Chickpeas, Baba Ganoush, Merguez Sausage, Harissa Dressing. The chef absolutely nailed the lamb. Pink in the middle with crispy edges. I hate to admit this but the fat was incredible! I would normally cut it off but accidentally ate some, had a moment of guilty pleasure then searched for more! The spicy merguez sausages were scrumptious dipped in the light and citrusy Baba Ganoush.
The Star of the Show
The real star of the show for me was my guest’s main choice, the Spicy Portuguese Seafood Cataplana, Monkfish, Tiger Prawns, Mussels, Potatoes, Chorizo, Tomato, Herbs and Peri-Peri. I was thinking up ways to distract him so that I could steal more samples. The intensely flavoursome lobster bisque revealed threads of well suited samphire. Cooked in their shells, the prawns were heavenly in both flavour and texture. Toasted ciabatta was just right to load up with bisque. I’ve tried many a seafood stew in various Mediterranean countries and this was spot on. The tender monkfish absorbed the delicious stew and the mussels were cooked just right. Ace.
To end this fabulous evening, I opted for the fun Honey Brulee, served with Shortbread Biscuit, Honeycomb, crunchy homemade Caramel Popcorn, Lemon Macaroon. The creamy Brulee was my favourite thing on this plate of treats. The caramelised top started with a crunch and quickly transformed into a chew of sweet delight. The lemon macaroon was light. Honeycomb crunch. Yum!
My guest absolutely revelled in the Strawberry Mille-feuille, Crisp Pastry Slices, Vanilla Crème Patissiere, Compressed Strawberry, Elderflower Chantilly, Strawberry Ice Cream. I had to know what he was raving about. His exact words were “they’ve smashed it tonight”. How I agreed.