Cannot fault this place – beautifully presented food, charming service, warm atmosphere – the real deal.
We got the 5pm deal (2 courses from the Market menu plus a glass of wine for £15.95), which represents outstanding value. The a la carte menu was a bit more expensive but had some cracking sounding dishes including a rib eye, ox cheek and smoked oyster “pie” that is now firmly on my bucket list.
For starters we had confit sea trout and Aberdeen angus corned beef terrine. The generous fillet of fish was cooked to translucent perfection and complemented by deliciously rich nero gnocchi and a spicy herb salad of watercress and wild leek. The terrine - a thing of beauty, served with a smoky crisp of ox tongue and, with a nod to the name on the sign above the door, salt baked turnip and pickled baby neeps.
Mains were pressed lamb flank and smoked rabbit and bacon sausage – both of which were faultlessly seasoned and oozed with multi-layered flavours. The diverse accompaniments of feves, apricot & pistachio, pea pannacotta (lamb) and sweet potato, charred baby gem, barbecue jus (rabbit) made every mouthful a unique treat.
Some of the other options on the Market menu included beef shin, battered hake, and nettle & pine nut tortellini – spoiled for choice.
We shared the tantalisingly titled ‘lemmon tart… sort of… rhubarb and hibiscus ice cream, meringue’ – not the snappiest of names but suffice to say one of the best puds I’ve had anywhere.
Good coffee too, served with homemade dark chocolate mini teacakes, a la Tunnock’s.
The food is up there with the best in Glasgow, we thoroughly enjoyed the whole dining experience and will be back. Soon.
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Ross Lennox - 04/06/2015