On Sunday we visited The Stuffed Dormouse in Caerleon for a meal, we've been there a few times before and have always had a fantastic meal for a brilliant price. I've always opted for the Sunday lunch when we've gone previously (FYI I highly recommend the Pork Belly) this time I went with only one thing in mind, exotic meat.
The Stuffed Dormouse offer a wide range of exotic meat, you can buy them individually as a meat dish or for the bargain price of £16.95 you can have a kebab with four meats of your choice, whatever the individual price. Considering that the meat dishes can cost up to £40 this is a great deal.
I opted for Crocodile, Horse, Ostrich and Zebra. The meat comes on a skewer in alphabetical order, the lowest letter at the top. It is served with salad and a choice of potato (chips, boiled potatoes or mash). I opted for the chips which were delicious beefy chips. The dish is very well presented and the staff cannot do enough for you.
Onto the meats themselves, I actually really enjoyed them all. A year ago I would never have dreamed of trying these meats, but since the horse meat scandal I have become a lot more open minded and will try pretty much anything. The crocodile was very similar to chicken, it tasted the same and the consistency was similar, though I found this to be a bit more 'bouncy'. The horse was gorgeous, similar to beef but more gamey. The ostrich was also similar to beef but again more 'bouncy'. The zebra was similar to beef, though this was a lot sweeter than beef. The zebra was probably my favourite of them all, though I would happily eat all of them again.
I couldn't resist a sneaky pudding too, they sell a range of handmade cakes which are very tasty. This time I opted for the Amaretto cake which was gorgeous, light, fluffy and satisfyingly sweet. All of their puddings come with a little chocolate mouse to fit in with the name of the restaurant, I love little touches like this.
The interior of the restaurant is lovely and cosey. You are greeted with a huge open fireplace and quirky touches such as vases filled with bottle corks. Talking of quirky touches how cool are the salt and pepper shakers and cream jugs? You can see the cream jug in action in this post.
The Stuffed Dormouse is definitely a place we will visit again and again. The standard menu costs just £10 for two courses or £14.50 for three courses, for that price we'd be silly not to go!
Have you tried exotic meat? Which are your favourites?