During our recent visit to the New Forest we took the train to Southampton and hired a car from there to get to our final destination near Brockenhurst. On our way back we stopped for dinner at Soleto, Southampton’s top location for seafood, an Italian restaurant ranking #14 out of 639 on Tripadvisor, and proud holder of a Certificate of Excellence.
The owner, who also happens to be the chef, greeted us upon arrival, gave us some recommendations and cheered us up with some anecdotes from his life. We decided to go for the mussels (£9.50), a mixed salad (£3.50), and the “Fish Medley” (£24.95).
Both dishes arrived fairly quickly and we tucked in. The mussels were among the nicest ones we’ve had in a while, really lovely sauce too. The seafood platter was equally delightful. I particularly liked the squid and the cod, both of which had near-perfect texture.
We also liked the interior décor and atmosphere that combined modern design elements with quirky framed pictures on the wall. 5 out of 5 in our book. We’ll be back during our next visit to town.
Looking for more restaurant reviews? Check out our posts about the Ninth and Galvin at Windows, London, the Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold, Neptune in Norfolk, La Scuderia, Frankfurt, and L’Ange 20, Paris.
Perhaps in need of some inspiration for fun activities? Try our Porto posts about rock-climbing, off-roading, and exploring ancient Roman mines, canyoning, as well as our day trip down the Douro Valley. We also wrote about our rides on a jetski, a jetlev, a powerboat, and a hot air balloon.