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Saltcoats Road,
Tel: 01294 833544

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      14.08.2002 17:56
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      I read a review in the Daily Mail, several Saturdays ago, about this Restaurant. Braidwood's, winner of the 2002 Scottish Restaurant of the Year Award, is about 12 miles from my home, luckily for me. We decided to treat ourselves and try and book. The restaurant only has 24 seats, and is extremely popular, so it was about three weeks before we could get in for a weekend evening. CUISINE Modern Scottish, locally sourced ingredients wherever possible AWARDS WON AA Best Restaurant in Scotland 2000 Good Food Guide, Best Restaurant in Scotland, 2002 Scottish Chef of the Year (Keith Braidwood), 1999 Best fine Restaurant in a rural Setting One Michelin Star 2000 2 AA Rosettes in 2000 3 AA Rosettes in 2001 Husband and Wife both Master Chefs of Great Britain. Phew, that's enough for the credentials, what else do I have to tell you - this place is gooo-ood. Nick Nairn, another fine Glasgow restaurateur, also won the Scottish chef of the year award, not too long ago, so that speaks volumes for the credentials of Braidwood's. OPEN For Lunch Wednesday - Sunday For Dinner Tuesday - Saturday Closed for the first three weeks in January. COST Lunch £15 or £18 Dinner £30 (Three Courses) or £32.50 (Four Courses), plus Coffee and Petit Fours Sunday Lunch £20 LOCATION From the village of Dalry, which is half-hour south from Glasgow, turn right onto the Saltcoats Road. The restaurant is about one mile up, and can be accessed via a short single-track drive. THE EXPERIENCE Ok, Here Goes. Was it any good? Well, the restaurant is converted from an old mill cottage. It seats 24 customers. There are two adjoining rooms, where guests dine. One room seated two larger parties, and the room we were in seated smaller parties and couples. The restaurant is owned and run by a h
      usband and wife team, the Braidwood's, hence the name. There is a reasonable amount of parking. A taxi from Glasgow would probably cost somewhere in the order of £25-£30 each way. I live quite a bit nearer than that, thankfully. On arrival, we were greeted and shown to our table. The menu duly arrived and we were offered drinks, while we made our wine selection. The pace was just right, certainly not rushed, once you are settled, you are there for the night, to enjoy the experience. The wine selection was vast, and you could pay some serious money here if you were a real wine buff (and rich with it). I think the house wines, which looked of decent quality, started at about £15. We selected a Chablis domain Jean Paul Droin, which was £24 per bottle. Of course, we had to have two bottles, just to make sure we liked it! We were brought complimentary canapés, while we made our food selection. There were not a lot of choices for each course, typically three. However, the quality was excellent, and this was reasonable. However, there wasnt anything for vegetarians, which could be a major drawback for some. For starters there was a choice of Scallops, Duck confit with plum or Chicken Liver Pate. I had the Scallops, and my hubby had the duck. Both were outstanding. We then went on to an entree course, I selected a Small Caesar Salad, and hubby had the Arbroath Smokie soup, similar to Cullen Skink. He said it was the best he had ever tasted. For mains, there was a choice of Turbot, Guinea Fowl, or Angus Fillet. As I am not a big fish eater, and prefer my fowl to be of the chicken variety, I had no option here but to go for the Angus Fillet. Hubby also had this, although for him it was because he doesn't like to see a good steak go by him! The steak was excellent, cooked to perfection, and served on a timbale of spinach. For pudding, we both elected for cheese, provided locally. There were three other tempting sweetie
      puddings, including something involving a lot of Dark chocolate, and a lighter option involving lots of passion fruit. All good low calorie stuff. From then on in the coffee kept flowing and we kept ordering the after dinner tia maria's and brandies, something which I had slight regrets over the following morning! A great evening, a wonderfully intimate dining experience, so glad it is on my door step, even if it is not on all of yours. Price for the evening £135, which is probably up there with the most expensive dinners for two, we have personally enjoyed, however worth it once in a while, what the heck, you only live once. Tel 01294 833 544


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