Scotland Restaurants / Cafes National
Da Claudio's (Motherwell, Scotland)
My fiance and I found ourselves child-free yesterday so decided to go out for a bite to eat. We decided to go a bit more upmarket than the local Wetherspoons and decided to dine at Da Claudio. Da Claudio came highly recommended by several family and friends and is a restaurant that I had been looking forward to dining it for quite a ... while now. This review discusses my experience of the restaurant.
*~Da Claudio - Essential Information~*
388 Brandon Street
Da Claudio is a family owned restaurant which is located a few minutes (by foot) from Motherwell town centre. There is a small amount of parking to the rear of the restaurant though those arriving by other modes of transport will be pleased to know that there is well serviced bus stop across the road. Da Claudio opened in 1991 and promise to provide fine Italian cuisine and a friendly service.
Da Claudio is open 6 days per week :
*Tuesday - Friday : 12.00pm-2.00pm and 5.30pm-9.00pm
*Saturday : 12.30pm - 9.30pm
*Sunday : 12.45pm - 8.30pm
Da Claudio's is quite a small restaurant but they do make great use of the space they have. They can accommodate different sized parties (booking recommended) and are happy to take celebration cakes ahead of your party arriving. The restaurant is bright, clean and airy in appearance. It looks classy too with neatly set tables including crisp white table clothes and fancy wine glasses on each table. We were sat at a table for two and found that it was just the right size for us. I wouldn't say that there is much room for wheelchair users to move around in this restaurant - it is quite compact.
The toilets are located at the back of the restaurant and there is only one male and one female toilet. The female toilet is also the baby changing area and is also marked as being disabled friendly. I would agree with this as it is spacious and well equipped but actually getting to the back of the restaurant when busy may prove difficult. The toilets were immaculate but if the restaurant was full, you may experience a wait! The menu is clear with descriptions of each meal being in English. The restaurant is family friendly but prams will need to be folded down due to limited space. We noticed a few children dining here with family and highchairs are available on request. I didn't notice any children's packs being given out to the younger diners.
Da Claudio pride themselves in using locally sourced produce where possible and food is cooked from scratch using quality, fresh ingredients. They offer a set lunch menu, evening menu, an a La Carte menu and also a childrens menu.
The lunch time menu is a set menu priced at £8.25 for 2 courses and is available Tuesday to Saturday from 12.00pm until 2.30pm. There is a choice of nine starters including soup, pate, breaded mushrooms and melon. There are also nine main meal options including strips of haddock, pan fried pork and lasagne. Vegetarians have a limited choice of two pasta in sauce dishes. You can also add a dessert for £2.50.
The evening menu/Sunday menu offers a little more variation and is available all day Sunday, from 5.30pm until 7.00pm midweek and until 6.30pm on a Saturday - £11.95. Starters include a potato and tuna salad and pan fried mushrooms and a choice of ten main courses to include lobster with a cream sauce, rolled pasta with haggis and chicken in breadcrumbs. There isn't any vegetarian choice on this menu for a main course but I am sure they would accommodate on request.
The a La Carte menu is a little more expensive as you would expect but the choice is a little more extensive. On offer is a good range of starters priced around £6.00 including steamed mussels and king prawns. A varied selection of pasta dishes are available for around £9.00 including some suitable for vegetarians. There is a few chicken and fish dishes in various sauces for around £13.00 and the most expensive part of the menu offers steaks for around £20.00 per meal.
A children's menu is available for under 10's including soup, melon and garlic bread followed by chicken, macaroni cheese (I am disappointed that this isn't available for adults), fish or other pasta dishes. Ice cream and marshmallows for dessert - £5.95. Da Claudio also offer a varied selection of drinks - alcoholic, soft and hot to suit all preferences. I would say that the food is authentic Italian.
I must admit that the service we received at Da Claudio's was second to none. The staff coped well as the restaurant was busy when we dined here on a Saturday afternoon. We, and the other diners, were greeted on entering the restaurant and the service was well paced and very friendly. We experienced a few waiters/waitresses and they were all friendly and nothing was any trouble for them. They were friendly towards everyone including children which I liked as in some restaurants, the staff can be a little ignorant of dining children.
I appreciated that they asked only once during the meal if everything was okay as I cannot abide by people hanging over me every few minutes. They also didn't mind when I informed them of me dropping some of my dessert on the pure white tablecloth even though I was mortified! The ambience in the restaurant is quite relaxed and informal with light music in the background. Cutlery is brought ahead your meal and is arranged by what you need for each meal which I liked.
As we dined here for lunch, we chose to take advantage of the set menu. We were first served some complimentary bread and butter which was a nice touch. The bread was deliciously fresh and tasty. We ordered drinks - a Coca Cola for my fiance and a diet Irn Bru for myself. I feel that most restaurants do over charge for cans of juice and this one is no exception as they charged £1.85 for a 330ml can. We were given sufficient time to look over the menu but there is also a menu printed outside for those who wish to see what is on offer before deciding to enter the restaurant. The specials are noted on a board above the bar but we were also told about them too.
I was a little spoiled for choice with starters and would say that there is a starter to suit everyone. I had originally wanted to order the garlic toast with tomato and mozzerella toppings but as we had been given bread for free, I decided to order something different. I was tempted by the melon and decided that this would make a pleasant starter. My melon fan came beautifully arranged on a large plate and whilst the portion size was small, it looked so pretty! The melon itself was fresh and juicy. It was served alongside some fresh fruit (apple, kiwi and grapes), an orange slice and topped with a Midori syrup and icing sugar. I really enjoyed this starter as the fruit was perfectly fresh and the Midori sugar syrup added a delicious, sweet flavouring without being sickly. I would most definitely order this again as it was really tasty. My fiance decided to have the breaded mushrooms which were filled with cheese and a Cajun spice mix. He received five, good sized breaded mushrooms alongside a garlic dip and small side salad. His portion looked so big compared to mine and he enjoyed his starter very much. He commented that the salad was fresh and crisp.
As far as main courses go, I found myself drawn to lasagne as I love it but the dish of the day sounded interesting so I went for that instead! I must admit that I was very pleased with my selection. The dish of the day was spaghetti but not your normal bolonaise type spaghetti. This was spaghetti with chillies, garlic, olive oil and chicken. I also had some parmasean cheese over the top. This dish was certainly different to any other I have had in an Italian restaurant. I received a decent sized portion and it was very filling. The spaghetti was cooked to perfection and the olive oil coating was plentiful to stop the dish from being dry but it never tasted greasy - just moist and succulent. There was a good amount of chicken through my dish and plenty of additional flavour offered by the garlic and chillies. I found this dish to be quite hot thanks to the fresh chilli kick but I like hot dishes. The garlic flavouring was quite strong and this again, was a positive for me but others may not like such a strong flavour. I found this dish to be delicious and very flavoursome. It was served piping hot and I would be happy to try this again.
My fiance opted for the risotto which didn't look anything special in the bowl but was absolutely delicious. This dish consisted of Arborio rice, chicken, bacon, white wine and cream. My fiance enjoyed it and didn't finish it so I got to try it. I found this to be a tasty dish and very substantial. The rice was thick and soft and there was quite a lot of chicken and bacon pieces mixed through. The sauce was creamy and mild - just right if you like a dish that isn't spicy. I wouldn't mind ordering this on a subsequent visit to Da Claudio. We also ordered a portion of French fries which were well presented in a little basket. These were cooked perfectly and if I am being completely honest, they were the most delicious French fries I have tasted in a long while!
My fiance was completely stuffed after his main meal. To be fair, I was nearly full but I can always squeeze a dessert in. The dessert choices on our visit included tiramisu, ice cream or chocolate fudge cake - pretty standard for many restaurants we dine at. I don't like tiramisu and rarely opt for ice cream on its own when dining out so the chocolate fudge cake was my dessert choice. My slice of cake was huge and was served with some squirty cream and a little unusual fruit which I believe to be a Chinese gooseberry (thanks to Bollinger for informing me of that on a previous review).
This dessert was very much worth the £2.50 cost. It was served warm and the gooey chocolate fudge topping was melting beautifully. The cake was doubled layered and really moist. I find that chocolate cake can sometimes be bitter but there was something different about this chocolate cake and I savoured every spoonful (except the one I dropped on the table!). The cake was light yet filling and the chocolate fudge filling and topping was simply divine. It was definitely a high quality chocolate but had more a sweet, milk chocolate taste rather than a rich, bitter dark chocolate taste - it just melted in my mouth. I thoroughly enjoyed it and my fiance had a try but just a little bit - I didn't want to share! I can't wait to go back for this alone as it definitely finished my meal off perfectly.
*~Conclusion and Recommendation~*
We were delighted by the service and food we received at Da Claudio. Our bill came to £24.85 which was made up of a two course meal, a three course meal, a side of fries and two drinks. I feel this represents excellent value for money as we left with our tummies very satisfied indeed. I do love dining at Italian restaurants and in the local area, this is definitely one of my favourites so far. It supercedes Tony Macaroni which is literally a few doors down from this restaurant. The only issues I have noticed are the limited space for wheelchair users and the limited selection of vegetarian dishes. Whilst these issues do not impact me directly, they will be cause for concern for some potential diners.
We would happily return here again and highly recommend Da Claudio if you are in the local area. The food is tasty, fresh and the staff are very friendly. My son isn't keen on Italian food but I feel he would still be well catered for here by looking at the children's menu.
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===Brothers with arms=== Last month was June (at least it was at the time of writing this) which means a few things of varying importance. At the top of the July List for me is my littlest brother's birthday which I am told turned him 22. This of course is a spurious lie because I couldn't possibly have a little brother that ... age. He is in fact (at least in my mind) still 16 years old, completely innocent and busy cooling butter in his mouth. Where this delusion came from I'm not entirely sure since my little brother was never even close to being angelic at that age. Oh well. Either way, I'm not old, ok? Good. Being that it was his birthday, he'd asked my Dad to arrange a meal. Due to everywhere else being too busy, we ended up booking a little place in Dundee called Ketchup which specialises in burgers.
Ketchup is situated on South Tay Street (10 South Tay Street, Dundee, DD1 1PA), which is pretty much slap bang in Dundee City Centre. As such you have a bunch of options available to you to get there. There are pay-and-display car parks very close by and the whole street is able to be parked on for free after 6pm at night. The street, however, is usually quite full. If you're going on a night out, you'll probably not want to be driving anyway, so a taxi or a bus is always an option with the nearest clusters of bus stations being about a five minute walk away.
Disabled access is available in a round about way by entering via the side doors on the pub next to Ketchup called The Social. There are no disabled toilets that I've ever seen on the level that you come in at though, so I'd be dubious about your evening if you are in a wheelchair as the only toilets I've seen are down two flights of stairs.
If you prefer not to sit in, you can order your food in advance and pick it up by calling 0845 659 5902. How handy.
As I mentioned, Ketchup is joined to the pub "next door" called The Social. In fact, it's more than joined. It's the same place. The Social used to have one giant square bar. There were two entrances on the front and one on the side and everything that wasn't the bar was comfy seating. A good few years back they decided to decorate a small section of it differently and call it "Ketchup". There are no dividers to close the place off to the pub. It really is just an area with different seating and different menus to The Social's pub grub(ish) menu. As such that means that you can hear all the noise and commotion of The Social without any hindrance while you sit down to eat your meal. This is not something I have ever liked about the layout as it leaves your meal open to some drunken lout screaming about his bodily functions. Not exactly a great ambience. Throw in that the music in the place is terrible and it's positively uncomfortable on the ears. They tend not to play anything recognisable, instead opting for what sounds like a Casio keyboard backing track of drums and snare on constant repeat. Dull, boring and pointless.
Talking of being uncomfortable, The Ketchup area really hasn't gotten the hang of seating. You can opt for either a table or a cubicle. The cubicle seats six people if you really don't mind close bodily contact with the rest of your party. They are also all in a row, so if your party is more than six and there are no other tables available, you'll be separated and won't be able to see each other during the course of your meal which is a bit of a shame. There are spotlights in each cubicle that heat them to roughly the temperature of the sun, making your close body contact situation that much more fragrant. Fabulous. The only thing that can make it better is when someone at the back of the cubicle needs out. Everyone UP! MOVE PLACES!!
If you are lucky enough to be seated at a table, you'll not be out of the woods seating wise just yet. You'll have much more arm room but you will find yourself sharing a bench with the person next to you. The tables have two-seater benches around them which means if one of you needs to get up, you both need to get up, much like the cubicles. It also means you can't really set your seat at a distance that is suitable for you as you have another person to consider. Mostly though, the worst part of them is that they are just wooden benches which mean after sitting on them for a meal your backside will feel like you've been dead-legged right on your butt-cheeks. Huzzah.
Now, you may have noticed that I've been pretty negative so far. I had actually been to The Social/Ketchup previously and had a colourful experience. A group of us were out celebrating our friend's new found freedom from paying debts accrued by an evil ex of hers. We'd decided to go for a meal and were promptly separated into the booths. After a long unattended wait we finally ordered our food, taking it in shifts to move out to the cold air outside to cool down. After waiting an hour and a half on our food (really) I actually really enjoyed my pasta dish (that was completely overpriced). To add insult to injury, however, most of the group's meals turned out to be quite disgusting. Undercooked, overcooked, flavourless and just plain gross all featured on our table. We complained, the waitress seeming quite blasé blaming it on the fact they had a table for 100 just through the room. Protests went up from us telling the waitress that if they can't handle the numbers then they shouldn't have told us we could have a table and they certainly shouldn't be ignoring everyone else. We got a free round of drinks out of it...which took half an hour to arrive. Another complaint, this time to the manager and we got 25% off our meal, most of us having not eaten a lot of it anyway. Allan and I vowed never to go back. Imagine my sheer joy when my Dad told me he'd booked the place.
Forever the optimist, I decided I'd give them a second chance. Gripes with seating aside, I had enjoyed my food (though I was a minority of one from the table of 12). Allan and I turned up and went inside to find my brother, my cousin and my dad waiting on us politely. The table was now quite obviously full. Fifteen minutes later we found ourselves quite confused. There were no table numbers and everyone else seemed to be getting served. We ended up having to ask a waitress if we had to go to the bar to order food and drinks. She got a little snotty with us and then decided to take our order telling us she thought we were waiting on someone else. No excuse not to take a drinks order at the very least, but hey ho.
===Warm and cosy===
Our table ordered two cokes, a diet Irn Bru a chocolate milkshake and a strawberry milkshake. The Coke and Irn Bru came in their original and tiny glass bottles (which I assume makes up for the £2.50 price tag??) and upon first sip my Dad almost spat his out. I thought he was just being fussy when he proclaimed that it was warm. My Irn Bru wasn't cold but it wasn't cosy either. Upon having a sip on his insistence it did indeed taste like someone had kept the bottle in their back pocket all day. Gross. Allan's was the same. £2.50 for warm Coke? No thanks.
Kyle (the little brother) and Connor (the little cousin) ordered the milkshakes which came, rather quirkily, in milk bottles. This meant that they were quite big milkshakes. I got a taste of them both and we all agreed that they tasted exactly like angel delight that hadn't been allowed to set yet. That's not a bad thing but it did make us all wonder why they charge £2.95 for some milk and a packet of angel delight. Still, quite tasty, just a bit expensive. For that much I'd expect some real chocolate or strawberries.
===Start your complaining===
Three of us had starters and we all went for the same thing; Hand Battered Mini Mozzarella balls (£3.95). Thankfully we didn't have to wait more than five minutes for the starters to arrive. At least, two of us didn't have to wait more than five minutes. Serendipity dictated that my course didn't turn up. The waitress bounced out of the kitchen a few minutes later and explained that they had somehow not noticed that it was three orders and that I'd get mine soon. That gave me time to look at the other two's food and notice that the balls (which were served in a bowlful of wilting lettuce) were bread-crumbed, not battered as the menu states. Hmm.
Meanwhile little bro looked around trying to figure out how he was to eat his food without a fork and knife as none had been put on the table and there was no stand to go and collect your own. He instead opted just to use his fingers after letting the balls cool down a bit. When my portion arrived I didn't even need to wait as they weren't all that hot. They actually looked like they'd been dipped in a fryer for about two seconds. Who cares? It's only cheese! I battered into them (or should I say bread-crumbed into them?) dipping them in the garlic mayo that had come with them. As I was doing so, my cousin and my brother both commented that they tasted of absolutely nothing. They were correct. The garlic mayo was the only thing with any flavour at all. I was starving so I ate it all. Garlic makes everything better. First course down and both my cousin and brother weren't incredibly impressed. Sad times. At least they were fairly cheap.
Being a burger bar, the main bulk of the menu consists of burgers. Don't worry too much, though, they have burgers of every kind. Chicken, lamb, venison, beef and vegetarian burgers are all in there. There is even a small section with things for people who don't like burgers that has chilli, fish and chips, salads and wraps. If you are really worried though, you can ask for a menu for The Social as it all comes out of the same kitchen. That's great if you are with anyone who is a little on the fussy side.
The only thing that I was fussy about was the price. The cheapest burger on their menu is £6.95. The cheapest veggie option is £7.95 for baked goats cheese and red onion marmalade which, in my opinion, is a starter, not a main meal. One or two fall in at the £8.95 mark. Most burgers, however, come in at £9.95, with the venison burger coming in at a whopping £10.95. If you are eagle eyed you may also notice that they burgers don't come with anything else. If you want to add a side of chips on, you can bump your price up by £1.25 for each portion. Any additional toppings on your burger? Add 75p on each. That means that even the cheapest meal on the menu could easily end up being £8.20 if you want chips too. Personally, I can't usually bring myself to pay that much for a burger.
The burgers came on a fancy little board with a pot of coleslaw. These burgers weren't your run of the mill McTerrible burgers. The bread is really nice, the stuff in the middle (whatever you choose) is neatly stacked and the whole thing is artfully skewered so that it stays in place. The only problem I came across here is that the burgers are stacked so tall that it's impossible to get them into your mouth unless you chop them up... which brings me nicely to my next moan.
Still no forks and knifes had appeared. Upon catching a waiter's attention we asked him if we could have some forks and knifes. He rather awkwardly joked (in tone that said he didn't give two hoots) that it would probably be a good idea and went off to the kitchen. Cousin and brother had went outside to smoke (filthy habit) while they waited. Upon arriving back with the cutlery the awkward waiter promptly piled it in the middle of the table and left. I got the pleasure of having to set the table for him instead. How nice.
I went with Zorbas Greek Burger which was a lamb burger with Greek herbs, feta cheese and tzatziki sauce (£9.95) and chips. I have to admit, the burger was good. It threw me back to our Greek holiday and was entirely pleasant. I wouldn't, however, say that it was worth the money I paid for it. It was nice, but I could have had the same flavour a lot cheaper with a lamb kebab and a pot of dip.
Dad went with the Who Killed Bambi burger (£10.95) which was Venison and red berry burger with apple chutney. After declaring "is that ALL?" when the waiter had left, Dad also said that his burger was nice but that he would have expected a lot more for the hefty price tag.
Allan had a Bacon Cheeseburger (£7.95) and basically came to the exact same conclusion that Dad and I did. Nice, but not worth the money. Kyle and Connor had an Ultimate Burger (£8.95 which was a chicken and bacon burger) and The Original burger (£6.95 for just a normal burger with cheese and tomatoes) and both arrived at the "nice but the price" conclusion.
To make it that much stranger, the awkward waiter came over no less than three times in ten minutes with his right hand's thumb in the air and a creepy grin on his face to ask if the meal was ok and stare for a little longer than he really needed to. Three times? For a burger? What?!? Continuing the rule of three, we also had to ask him three times to get the bill, the third time my Dad simply followed him up to the till. The waiter really just creeped us all out a bit.
The restaurant welcomes children which I only realised from spotting the small box of toys stashed behind our seat. I wouldn't say it would be the best place to take them though. It's not huge and there are a lot of sharp table corners and hard floors about. Even thought they had a box of toys they didn't really provide anywhere for kids to play with them other than at their table. There is also some colouring activities on the back of the menus so your child can colour in a burger if they want, I assume you would just need to ask the staff for pens. So, kids are welcome but it's not really all that kid friendly an environment, especially with the pub being arms length away.
===The Toilets ===
Always a thing that can lose points and I knew before I walked in that the toilets would lose them as I've never once seen them fully functional and clean. Once I almost get peed on from a very drunk (and at least good looking) when he turned round from the urinal when I walked in, parts in hand. This visit, one of the cubicles lights were out, the floors were soaked and the place smelled. Points off right away. As mentioned before there are two flights of stairs to get down to them which isn't good for disabled customers. You then have to walk down a corridor and keep your eye out so that you don't walk into the kitchen. On this occasion the door (which is too close to the door for the toilets for you to feel clean about) was propped open; my Dad almost went right in.
My first visit produced 12 zero out of five marks. Kyle and Connor both requested that I describe the service as f*****g abysmal. Dad couldn't believe the price of the place. Allan and I simply vowed again never to go back. The meals aren't worth the money you'll pay and the drinks are completely overpriced. I will give them one star for the fact the food didn't actually taste bad this time round but the terrible service, snippy waitresses and bizarre waiters who can't seem to concentrate on getting stuff done mixed with the awful toilets mean that it's sticking at the one star out of five mark. Not a place I would recommend, especially considering South Tay Street has some fantastic restaurants on and around it.
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Three Chimneys (Isle of Skye)
The Three Chimneys Colbost, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Highlands IV55 8ZT TEL: 01470 511258 This was my birthday treat which we enjoyed on our trip to Scotland in October last year. Our friends had told us about the restaurant and that it is apparently one of the top fifty restaurants in the world according to ... "Restaurant Magazine ".
We had heard of it but thought it would be stupidly expensive so had discounted it as a possibility but at lunch time it was actually quite reasonable for the service and food and experience we had.
Bear in mind this is a tiny restaurant in an old crofter's cottage stuck out in the middle of nowhere on Skye. You have to drive a long way down a road that leads to a dead end and nothing else so it really is the last place on earth that I would have thought of starting a world class restaurant but they seem to have made a huge success out of this. People book for months in advance and the rich and shameless fly in helicopters to a nearby helipad for their meals here. We drove in our car along the long winding road and parked on the road outside the restaurant.
From their website:
"Since opening in 1984, we have overcome our remote location to deliver an incomparable experience for our diners. Our passion and desire to continually develop and improve our customers' experience has gained international recognition and respect.
We believe the authenticity of our offer and our ability to deliver inspirational dishes enables our guests to feel at one with their stunning surroundings."
AWARDS AND PRAISE
These were taken from the website:
"Frank Bruni (New York Times) Personal Top 5 restaurants in the World
Twice included in Restaurant Magazine's 'The World's 50 Best Restaurants'
The Sunday Times - Top 100 UK Restaurants 2011/13
Visit Scotland - Gold 5-Star 2012/13 'Restaurant with Rooms'
AA - 3 Rosettes & 5 Gold Star Award 2012/13 'Restaurant with Rooms'
AA - Inspectors' Choice 2012/13 and Notable Wine List Award
Scotland the Best (Peter Irvine) - Highly recommended
Which? Good Food Guide 2013 - Awarded '6' & in guide for 27th year in succession"
We booked about two months in advance but in fact at the time of year we went you could have just turned up but in the summer it does get very booked up so if you do fancy going I would not risk it and I would book in advance.
OPENING TIMES AND DATES
The restaurant is open daily for dinner for the 'Seven courses of Skye' showcase menu or 3-course dinner menu.
The 2-course/3-course lunch menu is available Monday-Saturday 12.15-1.45pm, mid-March until the end of October, plus Easter Sunday and every Sunday from the end of May until mid-September.
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ARRIVING AND WELCOME
When we arrived we were welcomed by a young man smartly dressed and then taken to our table. We were asked what we would like to drink and as my husband was driving he said he would stick to tap water and so I joined him. We have also discovered that drinks can often cost as much as the meal and so as we were here to enjoy the food we thought we would do that and just have the free tap water.
The staff were all very friendly and we chatted about where we were from and the weather, their training and experience working at the restaurant and so on. We had different waiters serving us at different times so got to chat to a few of them. I think we might not have had this opportunity had it been packed but there were only four tables being used so it was far from full really but having some others in the place did make it feel a bit more atmospheric.
We were sitting at a table beside a window which had a view over the bay or loch and the hills beyond. We could see the other tables but they were placed in such a way that you felt totally unbothered by the other diners but still felt that you were in a restaurant with a bit of atmosphere.
Even though we only had tap water this was brought in a nice glass jug with lemon and poured for us into our glasses.
We were given our menus as we sat down and had plenty of time to peruse them. We had questions to ask about some of the dishes and they were answered knowledgably and then after some discussion we chose our food.
My husband chose the "Andy Race Smoked Haddie & Ham Terrine with Brunigill Farm Quail Egg, Braised Chicory, Orange & Nasturtium" which he said was delicious and came looking lovely with the quails egg on top and the nasturtium leaves to garnish all different colours.
My choice was the Skye Shellfish Bree which I had to ask about as I had no idea what the bree was,it turned out to be a delicious soup. I was in a bit of a quandary as I was having the seafood for the main course but didn't really fancy either of the other choices and the one my husband had chosen had the quails egg which put me off. The tongue put me off another and the Dunsyre Blue Cheese, Pear & Pumpkin Seed Salad with Radish Leaf, Shallot & Thyme Dressing did quite appeal but I was tempted by the Scottish sounding bree. It was a very fine soup, tasty and a bit like a chowder.
THE MAIN EVENT
Mine was extra special and my husband insisted on me having this as it was my birthday treat. I had the "SEAFOOD PLATTER FOR ONE" - Loch Dunvegan Prawns, Dressed Glencoe Mussels, Loch Harport Oysters, Sconser Scallops, Island Winkles, Potted Colbost Crab, White Fish Salad & Glendale Mesclun. This was an extra £15.00 supplement per person on top of the set price but you only have the opportunity once so I went for it. My husband has to be careful with seafood otherwise I think he would have joined me. I am glad he didn't as I had so much food I needed his help to finish mine!
It came on a lovely tray with everything presented beautifully. I had a special little pin to get the winkles out of the shells, the scallops were melt in the mouth, the oysters came with one plain and the other with a sauce. It was all so delicious but so much food for one person!
My husband had a fish dish that was a Scottish speciality known as Lythe which came beautifully presented with vegetables and special sauce which was really tasty and the fish which I tried a small piece of was so tender and melted in the mouth.
Despite the fact that I had to have help finishing my main course I was very tempted by the desserts but really thought it would have been very pig like to have one so I did manage to say no. My friend who had been twice during her stay on Skye assures me that the 'The Hot Marmalade Pudding' with Drambuie Custard is to die for but I really had to say no.
I asked if I could take a copy of the menu with me as a souvenir and they said of course. I went to the toilet and when I came back they brought back the menu and everyone had signed it including the chef which I thought was so sweet of them
The bill was £28 each for the main lunch of two courses and then £15 extra for my seafood platter so considering that this is one of the top fifty in the world I don't think that is a bad price at all for the meal and the service we had here.
Incidentally the toilets were clean and also with all the needs catered for. The restaurant is on ground level so access is easy once you actually get to the restaurant.
Yes indeed it was fabulous. The food was perfect, locally sourced and beautifully presented and in my view the price for the lunch two course menu was pretty reasonable for the class of restaurant and the food and the service offered here.
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Address: 1 Princes Street / Restaurant / Cafe National / Edinburgh EH2 2EQ / Tel: 0131 557 5000
Address: 44-46 George IV Bridge / Restaurant / Cafe National / Edinburgh EH1 1EJ / Scotland / Tel: 0131 226 4155
Cuisine: Chinese / Restaurant / Cafe National / Address: 43 Union Road, Falkirk FK1 4PG / Tel: 01324 611288
Cuisine: Asian / Restaurant / Cafe National / Noodles / Address: 97-103 west george street, Glasgow, G2 1PB / Tel: +44 (0) 141 229 1468
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