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24 East Green, ANSTRUTHER, Fife, Scotland KY10 3AA. Telephone: 01333 310378. Facsimile: 01333 312544.

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      12.01.2001 16:17
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      My husband, my parents and I visited this restaurant in December 2000. We did not know what to expect, as we just decided to go at the last minute and basically picked a restaurant at random. This turned out to be a great choice! It was an awful evening - rain, sleet and heavy winds, but the minute we stepped inside we were greeted with friendly smiles and our coats were taken. We were then seated in a small bar area and pre-dinner drinks were served while we looked at the menu. Appetisers of ham and cheese vol-au-vents were also served. We had a look at the wine list, but the cheapest bottle was £17, so we decided to give it a miss. We were also surprised to see that the minimum spend per person was £32.50 - although as soon as the starters came we realised this would be well worth it. The meal was a set 5 course, although you didn't have to have them all - needless to say we all went for the lot! The choices were varied - the best way to describe it is to tell you what we had: ME: STARTER: Gradvalax (Smoked salmon) SOUP: Asparagus & Leek MAIN: Tuna Steak DESSERT:Ice Cream HUBBY: STARTER:Chicken Parfait SOUP: Fish Soup MAIN: Dover Sole DESSERT:Sticky Toffee Pudding COFFEE + CHOCOLATES My parents both had chicken for their main course, and ice cream for dessert. The food was exquisite, and truly gourmet. It was presented very well, on giant white plates. My salmon was a lovely colour, and tasted sublime, as did hubby's pate which of course I had to try! The asparagus soup was delectable - creamy and very filling, served with a crusty roll. Everyone else had the fish soup and pronounced it very nice, and very rich. When the main course came at first we were concerned that it was a small portion. In fact, hubby whispered to me 'where's the vegetables?' when he saw his sole sitting in the middle of the plate. It tur
      ned out that the accompaniment to the sole was green beans, presented artfully underneath the fish - the whole dressed with a white sauce. With my seared tuna steak were new potatoes and salad leaves, again arranged in a stylish fashion. The fish itself was beautiful - cooked exactly how I'd asked and with a superb char-grilled flavour. Hubby enjoyed his sole, and my parents both polished off their chicken and were very impressed with it. The food was so rich that any extra accompaniments would have been too much. The desserts were also a gastronomic delight. The ice-cream was home-made, with a wonderful butterscotch sauce and covered in swirls of chocolate. It was very rich, but very moreish, and didn't last long! The sticky toffee pudding was also a triumph, and the plate was cleared. Finally we were served coffee and whisky chocolates, bring to an end one of the most enjoyable evenings I have had for a long time. The food was wonderful, the service was excellent, the restaurant itself was pleasant and cosy, with a relaxed yet professional atmosphere. If you happen to be in Fife, and fancy eating out somewhere special, then I can recommend The Cellar Restaurant. You won't be disappointed, as there is something for everyone on the menu. It may sound pricey, but in fact when you consider what you get, it is very reasonable, and well worth it. I will certainly visit there again.

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