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Coriander Bournemouth

If you’ve spent any time in Bournemouth, you’ll know what happens to the town on Saturday nights. If not, then let me explain. Bournemouth is known by many across the country as the ultimate stag and hen destination. The town is taken over by boozy stag and hen doos paining the town red. We no longer blink twice at a group of scantily clad nuns or groups of men in animal onsies. Its a way of life for our town.

Coriander is one of those restaurants in central Bournemouth which kind of gets caught up in all the commotion. Set right in the centre of town and of course being a mexican restaurant, it is a major attraction for people wanting to line their tummies before they start the evening festivities.

But this doesn’t stop us, I mean, who doesn’t love nachos and fajitas on a Saturday night?

Its all very Mexican inside, and if you’re lucky, they’ll even provide you with a sombrero to enjoy your meal with.

This was a major attraction.

We got down to business and ordered some drinks, of the Mexican variety of course. I’m not going to tell you this is the best Mexican I’ve ever eaten at because it isn’t, but it’s simple and extremely fun. Anyway, how wrong can you go with nachos?

Not wrong at all!

We ordered a sharing platter of chicken wings, potato skins and jalapeño poppers for starter which were basic but tasty none the less.

All meals are served with a Coriander dip selection. Homemade salsa, sour cream and a spicy dipping sauce.

Scott went for the steak fajitas which a little on the “plain steak” side, but tasty non the less.

Jennie has the spinach quesadilla which came highly recommended by our hostess.

And, naturally, I ordered 3 giant chicken burritos which were cheesy and pretty darn delicious.

Unfortunately we were too stuffed to eat dessert, but here’s a cheeky peek of their menu.

Coriander is a great little jaunt for groups heading into the Bournemouth razzle dazzle. Lots of atmosphere and a whole lot of mexican food…go on, you know you want to. These guys get rammed at the weekend so try and book ahead. You can find all of their details on their website.



Flamers, the Burger – Mexican

You already know my love for Charminster and it’s array of multicultural delights, so when I came across Flamers who claimed to offer the best burgers in town along with some kick ass mexican, I thought it was too good to be true. No better way to test their claims than to stop by one rainy Sunday evening and see what all the fuss is about.

The restaurant itself is nothing fancy, just a casual bar like atmosphere where first daters mingled and families relaxed.

We sat by the window which proved a great position for people watching, especially during Ramadam in the centre of the multi-cultrual capital of Bournemouth.

The wonderful Cheryl bought over the menus and without being too distracted by the long list of mouthwatering burgers, we ordered their house special cocktails, a south american blend of spirits.

We ordered the house meatballs to share as our starter.

And my did they arrive. A smokey but sweet sauce with perfectly spiced meatballs were demolished in a matter of minutes. In fact, I could have easily have ordered another round. As soon as we’d polished off the remainders of the sauce from the meatballs the mains arrived. Of course I’d ordered the Mexican Burger. A quarter pounder burger paddy topped with guac, salsa and nachos. Yes, NACHOS. Oh life just got a whole lot sweeter.

And the “how am I going to eat this moment”…

Oh I’d find a way.

But the crown jewels of Flamers for me, besided their unbelievable burger, was Scotts beef and chorizo burrito.

Smokey and spicy, a lightly toasted tortilla lined with chorizo slices and topped with chilli beef. It was out of this world.

Oh Flamers, you’ve got me hooked.

You’ll find them on Charminster high street and I can highly recommend going as a group. Order a selection of burgers and mexican dishes and share the lot. That way, no food envy involved! Thank you also to Cheryl who was so kind and helpful, we had an awesome time!


Reef Encounter, Boscombe

Scott was away for a few days last week, so in celebration of his return to sunny Bournemouth and, of course, for me not climbing a single mountain this weekend, we decided to kick things off in style, starting with breakfast at my favourite cafe.

Boscombe is a haven for surfers. Since the installation of the Surf Reef a few years ago, this little Bournemouth suburb has transformed into England’s answer to California. A fine selection of bars and cafes followed the surfers suit and before we knew it, you needn’t look any further than Boscombe for a laid back bar and a quick surf on the pristine beach.

Reef Encounter is perched on the hill a few minutes walk from the pier. Laid back and chic, you can enjoy some of Dorset’s finest produce for Brunch, lunch, dinner or a simple coffee and cake.

In an attempt to combat the crazy humidity we were graced with this weekend, I wore a little River Island jumpsuit which I picked up last year and generally only wear when I’m abroad. Oh how times have changed!

The breakfast menu ranges from a traditional full English to pancakes so there really is something for everyone. We ordered my all time favourite, Eggs Benedict.

Perfectly poached eggs, crispy english muffins and a generous portion of ham topped with the best hollandaise sauce.

There’s a real seaside, beachy feel to Reef Encounter. Sit outside, and the crowds of people excitedly heading to the seaside grace you with their eagerness. Sit inside and you can enjoy the soft, relaxed atmosphere while listening to Jack Johnson’s smooth sounds.

The view isn’t too shabby either.

Reef Encounter is the perfect location for casual California-eqsue dining. Their specials board is always full of local delights (the crab cakes are out of this world!). You can check out their website here, but always book to avoid disappointment, this place gets busy!