dylans in criccieth

We had lunch at Dylan’s in Criccieth and this was one of the best meals we’ve had in a while. We’re both foodies and appreciate a good quality meal, and have largely stopped eating out because restaurant food is generally extremely average nowadays and overpriced, so it was refreshing to have a good meal.

For starters we ordered fried spiced calamari and the sushi platter. I frequently order calamari as a starter, and this is the best I’ve had in years. It was beautifully seasoned (the oregano in the batter was a nice touch) and very well cooked. Delicious.

Sushi platter (left) with fried calamari rings (right)

The sushi platter, however, was a massive disappointment and should probably be taken off the menu if it’s not improved. The rice was over cooked and way too cold. The seaweed on the maki roll was soggy, and the pickled vegetables were tasteless.

The fried crab dumplings were nice, but ultimately aren’t sushi. The salmon nigiri were dense rice bricks with thin sheered salmon and all you could taste was cold, watery rice. Overall, the platter didn’t taste of anything (even the wasabi and ginger couldn’t salvage it) and it’s a real shame because the rest of the food at Dylan’s was very good. Since sushi rice is clearly not their forte at Dylan’s, perhaps a sashimi platter with thick-cut salmon and other local fish would be better. The £9.95 price tag for this meal is hard to justify. 

For mains, I had the Welsh burger and Kirsten went with the chicken in a basket. It’s worth mentioning that we’re not huge meat eaters, and opted for these options because their meats are responsibly sourced from sustainable farms.

Kirsten’s breaded chicken was well seasoned, crispy on the outside and moist inside. The salad and coleslaw were fresh and tasty. The skinny fries were also well cooked and the whole meal came together really well. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Chicken in a basket

My burger was very good. The quality of the meat was excellent and full of flavour; it was a bit dry, but I put that down to there not being much fat in the meat, which I liked and do myself when I make homemade burgers . The salad and greens were fresh, and the chunky fries were superb (probably double fried). One small criticism: the bun was a bit dry, and could have been fresher, but as a whole, this is an excellent burger, and you could tell that the beef used was excellent in quality.

For drinks, Kirsten had the Hugo cocktail, and I had the Buckskin Blonde beer; both were very good.

Beer and cocktail

The staff were extremely attentive and the service on the whole was excellent.

View from outside the restaurant looks towards Criccieth

The setting is stunning, and with great service and fresh, delicious food Dylan’s in Criccieth is highly recommended. Despite its remote location, we would suggest you make a booking even on weekdays, because it was jam-packed on the weekday that we were there. 

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