Since taking over the Bournemouth Blogger Network last November, Ed’s kind of gotten used to me being invited to events, and it isn’t often he is phased by my sometimes hectic social calendar. However, when the invite came through for the VIP launch event for the newest Chinese restaurant to open in Bournemouth, his eyes lit up when I told him I was able to bring a plus one.
Ed absolutely loves Chinese food, but I am not as keen, so we rarely ever get a Chinese takeaway, and have never been to an actual restaurant for Chinese food before. 1805 is situated on Beacon Road, just up from the Bournemouth International Centre, and serves a la carte Chinese cuisine in an elegant venue complete with an outside terrace area, which is perfect for al fresco dining this summer.
Ed and I arrived slightly late as I was coming straight from working at a festival, and when we walked in, the venue was already bustling with people there to celebrate the launch night. We were handed chilled glasses of prosecco, and met up with the lovely Jaye and her boyfriend Connor, who I have met a couple of times before at Bournemouth Blogger events.
Restaurant staff walked around offering plates of delicious canapés including vegetable spring rolls, breaded shrimp balls, prawn toast, mini duck and hoisin pancakes and prawn crackers. Our glasses were also kept topped up as we mingled amongst the guests and headed outside onto the terrace for the grand ribbon cutting, speeches and the traditional dragon dance.
I had no idea what to expect from this, having never witnessed one before, and let me start by saying it was very loud! I found it really interesting to watch, as there was a real art to it. The dragon’s are extremely intricate, and the dancers moved expertly to the beat. It was an experience I won’t forget!
After the opening ceremony was over, we were shown to our tables, and presented with a delicious selection of food to share amongst our group. I was a little apprehensive about the food, not being a huge fan of Chinese food usually, and having not eaten it in a restaurant before.
I need not have worried, as I loved almost all of the food. We had both cutlery and chopsticks at our place setting, and I decided I wanted to give the chopsticks a go. Ed tried to teach me how to use them, but I don’t think I quite got the hang of it. I did manage to keep using them though, and I was quite proud of myself for embracing something new, something that would have made my anxiety spike in the past.
The meal was lovely, and afterwards we were presented with delicious looking mango desserts and a beautiful platter of fruit to share. I wasn’t a huge fan of the texture of the dessert (it was a bit like a blancmange), so I gave mine to Ed, but I loved the fruit – so yummy and refreshing after the main course.
I really enjoyed the evening, and will definitely return with Ed, as he loved the food and the design and ambience of the restaurant.
I was invited along the the VIP launch event for 1805 by Sunny Bird PR, however all opinions and images are my own.