Here at Gallery HQ, we enjoy nothing more than a mouth-watering, midweek meal, which is why we jumped at the chance to review the recently revamped Navigator Restaurant – a charming establishment, tucked away in the picturesque surrounds of Rozel Harbour.
Having been a favourite destination for many years, it’s recently undergone a series of significant revisions… including the introduction of an entirely new team for starters! Headed by Aigars (the Restaurant Manager) and Gatis (Maître D’) – a memorable dining experience is to be expected, which is exactly what we experienced from start to finish!
On arrival, we were shown to our table – a window seat with a pretty harbour view. Chef Raivis Skopans (one of Roger White’s protégées) and second chef Edgars Ozolins set to work – expertly preparing a selection of delicious dishes – commencing with a trio of moreish appetisers. Both are passionate when it comes to delivering an exceptional culinary experience and in this case, the proof is in the pudding! Every dish served showcased attention to detail and flavour, without being overwhelming! Raivis isn’t fussed by celebrity status; he simply wants to cook great food for great customers, using ingredients sourced from the pristine waters and farmland surrounding our island.
Next up, local hand-dived, pan-fried scallops, served on a bed of wild mushroom risotto, drizzled with a shellfish sauce. Gatis informs us the fish is delivered fresh every day and judging by the appreciative noises coming from our table, it’s clear we’re relishing this information!
As if our tastebuds hadn’t been indulged enough, we’re treated to yet another main dish – John Dory – a delicately flavoured white fish with a mild, sweet taste that is cooked to perfection. Jersey Royals, wilted spinach and asparagus dressed in a moreish, creamy sauce perfectly complement this elegant ‘melt-in-the-mouth meal, an ideal option for a summer’s day – especially when enjoyed with a glass of crisp, white wine!
Feeling fittingly full, we decide to take a little breather before desert. And when it arrives, our satisfied paunches are more than happy to indulge. Winking up at us from the spotless table is a Baileys and espresso cheesecake, served with a side of homemade praline ice cream – in other words, heaven on a plate! This delicious homemade dessert, which is perfectly presented, tastes as good as it looks!
Just like the service, the style of food is elegant and simple. The varied menu, to keep things fresh, evolves on a daily basis, especially throughout the seasons when different seafood and local vegetables become available. On top of this, The Navigator Restaurant is able to cater to celiac, vegetarian and vegan palates, serving exciting and individual dishes for all.
Daily specials appear printed on a blackboard for all to see. Today’s? Seared hand dived scallops sourced directly from Rozel Bay – you really couldn’t get them any fresher! The team at the Navigator Restaurant have formed extremely close working relationships with all of the local fish and shellfish suppliers, as well as those providing fresh farm produce. All in all, their food comes straight from the source, ensuring premier quality at all times.
Asides from a moreish menu, you’ll find a wine list packed with reasonably priced offerings, all have been carefully selected from around the world to compliment the many dishes available.
Of course, when you have a view that is as enviable as the menu, there’s little not to like about the Navigator Restaurant. The atmosphere is relaxed and restful, the food amazing and the service, discreet. Although the restaurant itself may look the same, regulars are certain to notice the difference.
Getting there: jump on a number 3 bus from town. Buses leave hourly with the last bus departing at 11.45pm
The Navigator Restaurant, La Breque du Nord, Rozel Harbour
To book a table or to enquire about a private function email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01534 865 800