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Seafood restaurant. 168 South Street Perth PH2 8NY. tel = 01738 449777

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      27.03.2001 18:53
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      Would you drive 40 miles for a good meal on your birthday? Well that's what my father did and I was lucky enough to go with him! While on a day out in Perth, my father spotted a nice looking restaurant and was very impressed by the menu. While oohing and aahing over the choice of seafood, the proprietor appeared and ended up giving my father a tour of the restaurant before they opened for that evenings bookings. Enough said --father had made up his mind to go back! Kerracher's fish and seafood restaurant is quite a deceiving place. It is situated in the centre of Perth on a street corner. From the street all you can really see is Kerracher's wine bar that is situated downstairs. However, if you take the stairs situated to the right of the wine bar entrance you are in for a pleasant surprise. The restaurant has the feel of someone's dining room. The décor is minimalist but cosy with a lovely thick carpet, cream walls, lots of candles and a lot of white fairy lights artistically draped across bare branches. When you enter your coats are taken and hung up leaving you free to recline on the large comfortable sofas while you peruse the menu. While you are choosing your meal you can have a drink which is served with little nibbles containing seafood such as salmon and prawn. When your first course is almost ready you are shown to your table to prepare yourself for the meal. We had a small problem in that they hadn't realised the booking was for 3. I suppose it is a bit of an odd number for dinner but it had definitely been booked for 3! Anyway another place was quickly laid before we took our places. The tables are small and a bit too close together for my liking but I suppose it adds to the cosy feel. Another complaint about the tables was the glass tabletops. It could be a bit noisy at times when you forgot and thudded down your wineglass! I was convinced my mother was going to break the glass!
      The menu was rather impressive and did not contain solely seafood. There were alternatives for the vegetarians and the non-fish lovers. I had a huge bowl of Shetland mussels in a lovely cream, white wine and garlic sauce. The sauce was very impressive in that, for a change, you could actually taste the cream. The mussels were huge and tasted incredibly fresh. It was quite a substantial starter. Other starters included chowder, prawn salad, scallops and I'm sure there was melon and Parma ham somewhere on the list as well. My second course was a wonderful Shetland salmon steak in a lovely white sauce. The steak was huge! It must have been about 8 inches long and about half an inch thick. The steak also had the skin removed, which was a wonderful touch. What you saw you could actually eat without having to pick at it. The main dishes came with a side portion of vegetables including boiled potatoes, carrots and green beans amongst others. The vegetables still had bite left in them and you could tell what they were instead of being cooked to a mush. Other main courses included sea bass, bream, red snapper and steak for the non-fish eaters plus a vegetarian option that I can't remember. The dessert menu (if you have any room left) was amazing. I ordered apple crumble and ice cream but they had ran out of crumble (I wasn't very impressed). Eventually I decided to share a dessert with my mother as it sounded rather large. We shared what was described on the menu as a "degustation of chocolate". This involved small portions of very rich chocolate desserts. From what I can remember there was white Belgian chocolate mousse, white chocolate ice cream, chocolate torte and something else! It was rather impressive and finished off a very filling meal. However, there was more to come! Tea and coffee was served long with homemade chocolates that were lovely! I was so full after the rich dessert that I could only h
      ave one but it was lovely. The wine list was very substantial for such a small restaurant but it shouldn't have been too surprising with the wine bar being downstairs. The restaurant didn't actually have a bar, just a small are that held wine and a small selection of beers, spirits and soft drinks. I do remember their range of malt whiskies being quite impressive! It was quite expensive with starters ranging from £4 to £8, main courses from £12 to £18 and desserts from £3 to £6. The wine was quite reasonable with bottles generally costing approx. £15. The staff were friendly and appeared to consist mainly of schoolgirls or students working to earn some extra cash so don't expect silver service. It was quite a family affair with mother and daughter working together. Overall I would recommend Kerracher's if you happen to be visiting Perth. The food was of better quality than in a run-of-the-mill restaurant but I don't think I would drive 40 miles to eat there again. I'm afraid there are restaurants just as good closer to home.

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