The menu was straightforward: 5 starters; 5 mains; and 5 desserts. However narrowing down our choices was anything but, we’d have happily eaten everything on the menu. However after much deliberation on our part, here’s what we opted for:
Scotch egg with Stornoway black pudding and chocolate & brown sauce
Plum tomato tart tatin with chilli & chocolate jam
Puy lentil, chilli & chocolate taco
Pan fried duck breast with asian style vegetables, ginger and orange & chocolate glaze
Steamed salmon with greens, lemon fondant potato and white chocolate beurre blanc
Falafel burger tomato salsa & puy lentil chilli & chocolate taco
Trio: sticky toffee pudding; white chocolate & raspberry cranachan; sea salt caramel tart
Raspberry chocolate bavarois
Dark chocolate tart
Talking to Jamie and the emphasis really is on local produce, something which we are keen advocates of. We have such a great larder in Scotland and it’s good to see it put to good use. Yes, chocolate did appear in every course, but at no point was it overwhelming, instead it enhanced each of the dishes. I deliberately chose the Salmon main as I’m not keen on white chocolate and wanted to see how it would balance out, in a way I didn’t expect to like it. However I did, I cleared my plate, sauce and all – more importantly I’d order it again. We knew the desserts would be good, they were not only tasty but really pretty, full marks for presentation.
Jamie also tries where possible to consider food allergies in each dish produced. My daughter has severe allergies and my mother is a coeliac and I’m glad to say that not only would they be catered for but they would have had choice.
The bistro offers a Pre-theatre dinner option with 10% off 2 courses if you show your theatre ticket, I very much suspect this will be my choice for dinner next time I’m at the theatre.
We had an all round lovely evening, fantastic food, great company and lots of good food talk – life doesn’t get much better in our opinion. Thanks to Jamie and his team for a really lovely evening.
*We were invited to dine at the bistro compliments of Jamie and his team. The views and opinions expressed our solely ours.*