The Base, Leven

Long story short, Mini-me has been staying with us recently so when we asked her where she wanted to go for Sunday lunch her only request was for nowhere posh. Knowing her levels of posh I went on to Tripadvisor and trawled restaurants in Fife. It was there I happened upon The Base, Leven, which advertised Pizza, Pasta, Grill. I had a quick look at the menu and thought it sounded ideal so off we went.

On entry, I was pleasantly surprised to see the urban decor. Metal chairs, bare light bulbs, brick walls and chunky wood tables, which isn’t the norm for Leven. I know you’re now wondering what is the norm for Leven and if I was being really unkind I’d say formica and plastic but I’m not an unkind person.

The menu did indeed offer pizza, pasta and grills but also salads, fish, wraps and stuff like steak pie a and chilli. What was good was that you could have small dishes for a fiver or you could go 50/50 and have half pizza/half pasta. There were also offers on each day of the week but unfortunately the offer for a Sunday was kids eat for £1 and Teeny-mini-him wasn’t with us. We gave our drinks order and studied both sides of the large A3 menu.

OH and Mini-me fancied starters but as the soup was carrot and parsnip I decided to go without, knowing I’d be stealing off their plates. OH went for Garlic Mushrooms – seasoned button mushrooms, breaded and served with a spicy garlic mayo and salad garnish and Mini-me went for Mac & cheese bites. Both arrived (possibly straight from Iceland) with side salad and dressing. Tasty enough (yes I did try them both) but nowt special. However, what got us talking was the dressing, which we tried to guess the ingredients for. We all argued about the orange and red liquid, which I thought had a citrus tang but, when we eventually asked, were told it was sweet chili sauce and honey. Oh.

After lots of tooing and froing OH and Mini-me both decided to have a Calzone. Something new for OH but something tried and tested by Mini-me. OH had the ‘Tikka Chance on Me’ – Roasted chicken, mixed onions, mixed peppers, tikka sauce and Mozzarella & Cheddar mix. He managed to eat it all but said that he could feel it filing his arteries and was fearful for his heart. He also mentioned at one point that the last thing he expected to be eating for his Sunday lunch was a folded over curry pizza. So although it was good and he enjoyed it, he wouldn’t hurry to order another.

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Mini-me had the Mex-ellent – Roasted chicken, mixed peppers, mixed onions, salsa, guacamole, sour cream with lots of Mozzarella cheese. Basically a fajitah pizza. She really enjoyed it but regretted having a starter as she didn’t manage to eat it all. However, they very kindly gave her a doggy bag and her leftovers are now sat in my kitchen.

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What was obvious was that both meals had been prepared fresh and cooked to order.

For my main I decided to have the Beef Lasagne, which was described as “Our chef’s signature dish, lovingly prepared on the premises and it’s just the best lasagne around bar none! Served with chips and salad garnish.” Yes, maybe loving prepared but not today – probably one day last week and re-heated everyday since. From the charcoal look of it I expected it to burn my mouth but no it wasn’t even that hot. The chips were lovely though…. I said to OH it was the second worse lasagne I’ve ever had. He immediately replied with “At least it wasn’t as bad as the one in the Elvis Presley Bar then.” As usual he was spot on. Do click the link if you want to hear about the worst lasagne I’ve ever had.

We asked for the bill as no-one could fit in a dessert. The bill arrived with mint chocs, which is always a good thing. After I went up to pay I visited the toilets, which were extremely clean and trendy – definitely worth their own mention as they impressed me far more than my main meal.

Over cooked lasagne aside, I loved the look of the place, the waitresses were both lovely and I really like that they’re trying to bring a city centre feel to the streets of Leven.

2 starters, 3 mains, 2 large glasses of wine, 1 pint and 1 coke – £55.65

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Elie and The Shorehead Cafe

 

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Elie Lighthouse

Since I’ve been working like a wee Trojan this week and been doing some crazy hours I was able to take some time back this afternoon so OH and I took the dog to the East Neuk and went for a dander along Elie beach. We drove down towards the Granary and parked up so we could walk along the beach towards the lighthouse.  It turned out to be a cracking afternoon with blue skies and sunshine and Amber loved it.

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Amber

Although the outdoor seating area across from The Ship Inn had been deserted when we drove past by the time we had walked up to the Light House and along past the Lady’s Tower and back into Elie it was starting to fill up. OH took the dog and grabbed a seat overlooking the beach and I ventured in to buy some drinks. I asked for a pint of Guinness and a half lager and waited patiently for the Guinness to settle. I was then given 2 half glasses.

Oh. It was a pint of Guinness I ordered.

Oh sorry.

She tipped the half into a pint glass and topped it up with no settling time. It over flowed the glass and it was still dripping down the side when she handed it over.

Ever polite I didn’t say a word (I’m such a sap) but looked around for a napkin to wipe the glass. Seeing my obviously perplexed face she kindly ran from behind the bar and opened the door for me.

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Guinness not the Best

I picked up the sticky glass and a half and walked back outside into the sunshine.  To add to my dismay of the badly poured pint imagine my horror when I saw the glass she had given me it in!

 

Saying that, sitting in the sun supping was superb!

 

 

OH and I couldn’t decide what to do for eats so he suggested going to the Shorehead in Leven for a sit in fish supper (yes it was his turn to pay). The Shorehead is one of those places that has been around for years, In fact, I can’t remember a time it wasn’t there and Im fairly positive it’s still the same woman behind the counter as it’s always been. When we arrived we discovered it’s now called the Sorehead Cafe.2014-05-02 17.21.08-1

I had a red pudding supper – yes, I said red pudding. For all you people out there that have no idea what I’m on about you need to visit Fife and taste one to find out. For those of you who do know, The Shorehead do a damn fine one!  OH had fish and chips. We had 2 rounds of buttered bread and 2 mugs of tea and it came to £12.80.

When the plates arrived it did look the portions were a bit sparse but, with hindsight, I have to say there was exactly the right amount of chips. OH said everything was really nice but the amount of grease left on his plate was a bit ewww but he says that’s because the grease would usually be left on the paper, which you wouldn’t normally see. He’s adding he really enjoyed it and the white bread was definitely spread with butter and the batter on his fish was crispy and it was braw!

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