Boston Tea Party Kingsmead Square - Bath Food Review
Posted on: 2016-09-02
The Kingsmead Square cafe is one of BTP's oldest locations, so I went along to see if it holds true to its iconic status. Read on for my review.
Although it was a wet and dreary day, the cafe had a sense of warmth as soon as I walked in the door. Quite decieving on the outside it looks much bigger than it is, and although some would say it's slightly cramped inside I found it cosy and homely.
Needing something warm and toasty to fill me up on this wintery day I ordered the Teriyaki Salmon which is served with brown rice, red pepper, pak choi, spring onion, sesame seeds and coriander. While I waited for the food I enjoyed their unique Iced Coffee which is made with maple syrup and avocado (yes avocado really). I knew from past experiences that avocado in drinks, like smoothies, was a trendy thing in the health and fitness world and is known for creating a creamy consistency, whilst of course providing lots of nutrients. Putting avocado in an iced coffee though is something I have only seen Boston Tea Party do so far in my foodie adventures, so I had to try it. The avocado can't be tasted at all, which is normal, but it created a lovely bubbly and frothy topping on the coffee. A little steep at £3.30 but it's quite a large glass full so that makes up for it.
I hadn't drank much of my coffee before the salmon arrived and it looked pleasing to the eye. If you're a bit Instagram obsessed like I am then you'll love this dish as it looks amazing on a photo; you should get lots of likes for it! When I dove my fork into the salmon fillet it fell apart which is absolutely perfect as this means it was cooked exactly right and was lovely and moist. The glaze it was cooked in, which might have been honey, was sweet and was covered in sesame seeds too.
The bed of rice was full of a delectable mixture of flavours, with the taste of the vegetables, salty soy sauce, and some sweetness coming through. When the waitress brought the dish to me she asked if I wanted sauce with it and I'm glad I said no because it doesn't need it at all, it already has all the flavour it needs and then some.
Seeing as I couldn't even finish the whole plate, it's worth the price of £10.50 not only because of the size and tastes but it will keep you full for a long time after. The only thing that could be improved about this BTP location is that because it is so old, it is starting to show in the decor, and not in a nice vintage kind of way. It needs a bit of updating to freshen it up and make it come alive a little more, but it is always buzzing with people eager to get their hands on the infamous food and drink here, so if you're not one of them you should be!
Born in Bath, Safia has lived on the outskirts of the city her whole life. After studying journalism in Bristol she now spends a lot of her time searching for new things to see in Bath and soaking up the beautiful culture. You're most likely to find her sipping a soya latte in a lovely little independent cafe! Call Safia on 07468 516375 or email editor@365Bath.com.