Blair Drummond Smiddy Farm Shop (Stirling) 2023 : Review

Visit & Vibes

I fancied a wee drive and this was the first place that came to mind, I wanted to see if they had gotten any new goodies inside for sale…plus to try something else on their menu.

Décor★★★★★
Noise Level★★★★★
Restaurant Temperature★★★★
Table Dressing★★★★
Restaurant Cleanliness★★★★★
Disabled ToiletsYes

The Food

Smiddy Burger & Chips £13.95
Two delicious mince beef patties, topped with Applewood smoked cheddar, bacon, tomato, gherkin, and Smiddy relish. Served on a toasted brioche bun with a salad garnish and chips.

First and foremost, the portion size of the meal was more than generous; it was downright impressive. My lunchtime journey began with the accompanying chips, and I was delighted to discover that they were cooked to perfection. What’s more, they were seasoned just right, requiring no additional salt to enhance their flavour.

With a hearty appetite, I took my first two substantial bites of the burger, and I was immediately struck by the harmonious blend of flavours. The rich relish, the smoky cheddar cheese, the crispy bacon, and, of course, the succulent beef patties all worked in perfect synergy to create a taste sensation that left me craving more.

Despite the substantial meal I had enjoyed, I didn’t feel uncomfortably stuffed or ready to burst. Instead, I experienced a satisfying fullness that left me content and thoroughly pleased with my dining choice.

In hindsight, I was genuinely delighted to have tried this culinary masterpiece. It stands as a testament to the establishment’s commitment to delivering not only quantity but also quality.

For anyone seeking a memorable dining experience, I wholeheartedly recommend giving this remarkable burger a try – it’s a delectable dish that won’t disappoint.

Dish Flavour★★★★
Appearance★★★★★
Serving Size★★★★★
Aroma★★★★★
Value for Money★★★★★
MY RATING:★★★★★

Final Thoughts…

I can’t wait to go back and check out some more products, and also some more dishes and cakes.

Have you been here? what did you buy or eat let me know in the comments.

Service / Staff★★★★★
Ambience★★★★★
Time between Courses★★★★★
Overall Value for Money★★★★★
MY OVERALL RATING★★★★★
The above blog post review is 100% honest and has not been influenced in anyway. Its a true representation of my visit, and my thoughts.

The Buttery (Glasgow) 2023 : Review

Visit & Vibes

The guys at The Buttery invited me to come and check them out, to be honest, I had heard of the name but didn’t really know where it was or what they were like so I was looking forward to my visit.

The first thing that was a great positive was the onsite car park, which roughly holds about 20-odd cars so I didn’t have to worry about where to park tonight.

On entering I was blown away by the decor and welcome, the inside was very traditional yet it also included a lovely cosy and modern feel. I learned this used to be a pub, and they wanted to keep the traditional look of it but add their own wee touch which they managed to do.

Upon being seated at my table tonight, I couldn’t help but admire the elegant presentation – it had been some time since I dined at a restaurant that paid such attention to the table setting.

Décor★★★★★
Noise Level★★★★★
Restaurant Temperature★★★★★
Table Dressing★★★★★
Restaurant Cleanliness★★★★★

The Food

West Coast Scallops (£n/a tonight normally £17)
Pan-fried scallops, sesame & prawn toast, pickled veg, sweet chilli & cucumber salsa

For my appetizer, I couldn’t resist the allure of the West Coast scallops, a choice inspired by my craving for these delicacies. It had been some time since I’d indulged in scallops, and their quality can be hit or miss, depending on the restaurant.

Upon their arrival, I was immediately captivated by the presentation, a testament to the chef’s attention to detail. The addition of sesame and prawn toast was a delightful surprise, promising a symphony of flavours and textures.

The moment I savoured the scallops, I was met with sheer culinary brilliance. They were flawlessly cooked, boasting a melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and a profound flavour profile. The cucumber and sweet chilli salsa, a star in its own right, offered a tantalizing burst of fresh and zesty notes that harmonized seamlessly with the scallops.

The prawn toast, with its bite-sized portions of pure delight, exceeded all expectations, contributing a satisfying crunch and an explosion of flavours.

This dish was nothing short of culinary perfection, one that I wholeheartedly recommend and eagerly look forward to savouring again in the future.

Dish Flavour★★★★★
Appearance★★★★★
Serving Size★★★★★
Aroma★★★★★
Value for Money★★★★★
MY RATING:★★★★★

Monkfish & Prawns (GF) (£n/a tonight normally £30)
Apple glazed monkfish & king prawns, pickled & roasted butternut squash, spiced Thai butternut squash sauce

For my main course, I found myself torn between several tempting options, but my seafood cravings led me to choose the monkfish and prawns once more.

As the dish arrived, I was immediately struck by the stunning presentation, featuring a generous portion of monkfish and impressively large prawns that were visually captivating.

Delving into the dish, the monkfish proved to be exceptionally meaty, with a flavour profile that shone on its own and seamlessly integrated with the accompanying elements. The taste was nothing short of extraordinary, a true delight that left a lasting impression.

Creating the perfect bite by combining a bit of everything on the plate revealed a culinary symphony where every component played in harmony.

The overall flavour combinations, much like the starter, were impeccable. It’s safe to say this dish was a testament to culinary excellence, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to fellow seafood enthusiasts.

Dish Flavour★★★★★
Appearance★★★★★
Serving Size★★★★★
Aroma★★★★★
Value for Money★★★★★
MY RATING:★★★★★

Sea Salt & Caramel Cheesecake (£n/a tonight normally £10)
Breton sable biscuit & sea salt caramel cheesecake, apple & pear spiced compote, calvados soaked golden raisins

After savouring two exceptional dishes, I found myself pleasantly stuffed but couldn’t resist the temptation of indulging in dessert. The sea salt and caramel cheesecake immediately caught my eye, and I knew I had to experience its flavours. 

Upon its arrival, I was once again impressed by the artful presentation.

The cheesecake, as it met my taste buds, proved to be a delightful revelation. It possessed a remarkable lightness while still delivering an explosion of flavours. The delicate balance between the sea salt and caramel sauce, along with the perfectly crafted base and accompanying components, showcased the chef’s culinary prowess.

Despite my earlier fullness, this cheesecake felt refreshingly light, making it an ideal choice to conclude the meal. It left no room for disappointment, and I wholeheartedly recommend it as a must-try dessert.

This dining experience demonstrated consistency in culinary excellence, leaving me with a strong desire to revisit and relish this dessert again.

Dish Flavour★★★★★
Appearance★★★★★
Serving Size★★★★★
Aroma★★★★★
Value for Money★★★★★
MY RATING:★★★★★

Final Thoughts…

Firstly a massive thanks to the guys at the Buttery, from start to finish I had an amazing visit and an amazing fine dining experience.

I can’t fault anything tonight, and because it left me with a great feeling and I had an incredible meal I am adding it to my top restaurant’s page.

I can’t wait to return and check out their other dishes so keep watching for any future reviews.

Service / Staff★★★★★
Ambience★★★★★
Time between Courses★★★★★
Overall Value for Money★★★★★
MY OVERALL RATING★★★★★
It’s important to note that all the views and opinions expressed in my blog posts and vlogs are entirely personal, have not been influenced in any way and reflect my individual perspective. I value authenticity and honesty above all, and my content is a genuine reflection of my thoughts and experiences.

Dulse (Edinburgh) 2023 : Review

About Dulse

Dulse is a seafood restaurant in the heart of Edinburgh that serves classic Scottish seafood dishes with a modern twist. Our neighbourhood-friendly restaurant is perfect for cosy and relaxed dining. Downstairs we focus on an intimate wine and cocktail bar, serving small sharing plates, and upstairs is a seafood restaurant created by Chef Dean Banks. Our team has put together a menu that showcases the best of Scottish seafood.

Visit & Vibes

If there’s one thing that can lure me away from Glasgow to Edinburgh, it’s the promise of a culinary adventure. And that’s exactly what happened when I received an invitation to visit Dulce Seafood and Wine.

Today, I embarked on a scenic drive from Glasgow to Edinburgh, not only to savor the delectable offerings of Dulce but also to explore the enchanting sights of the Scottish capital.

As I stepped into Dulce, I was warmly welcomed and led upstairs to their charming dining area. The ambiance was a perfect blend of modernity and coziness, with ample natural light flooding the space. Once seated, a friendly waitress explained the dining process and handed over the menu—a tantalizing array of dishes that had my taste buds dancing with anticipation.

Décor★★★★★
Noise Level★★★★★
Restaurant Temperature★★★★★
Table Dressing★★★★
Restaurant Cleanliness★★★★★

The Food

When it came time to select a starter, my culinary curiosity led me to order something I had never tried before: an oyster.

Market Oyster £N/A Today (Normally £3.50 each)
Natural

Opting for the natural flavor, I was presented with a shell and a big juicy oyster.

The experience was intriguing; the oyster resembled a giant mussel, offering a briny aftertaste that was surprisingly enjoyable.

Next time I try one I will try it with a dressing and see how that experience is for me but I was left impressed by this new gastronomic experience.

Dish Flavour★★★★★
Appearance★★★★★
Serving Size★★★★★
Aroma★★★★★
Value for Money★★★★★
MY RATING:★★★★★

Tarragon & Leek Bread & Sustainable Butter (n/a today normally £5.50)

I decided to order the bread option for the table.

The table soon saw the arrival of a bread loaf, and what a revelation it was.

This wasn’t your ordinary bread—it was a slice of heaven. The loaf was so divine that I found myself contemplating asking for an entire loaf to go.

The crust was lovely and subtly crisp, while the interior was soft and fluffy with a really amazing flavour, making it an exceptional prelude to the main course.

The butter was lovely and creamy, and the pairing worked really really well.

Dish Flavour★★★★★
Appearance★★★★★
Serving Size★★★★★
Aroma★★★★★
Value for Money★★★★★
MY RATING:★★★★★

Tandoori Baked Hake, Coconut, Shallots, Wild Puffed Rice (n/a today normally £26)

For my main dish, I opted for the Tandoori Baked Hake—a decision I did not regret.

The presentation was an art in itself, showcasing the chef’s attention to detail.

The interplay of textures between the fish, rice, and sauce was a harmonious symphony in my mouth. Every bite was a journey of flavors that left no room for complaint.

The dish was an embodiment of culinary finesse, leaving me satiated and content, and a dish I would highly recommend!

Dish Flavour★★★★★
Appearance★★★★★
Serving Size★★★★★
Aroma★★★★★
Value for Money★★★★★
MY RATING:★★★★★

The Dulse Chocolate Pave (n/a today normally £9.00)

But a meal is never complete without dessert, and I chose the chocolate dish to round off my culinary escapade.

The presentation was inviting, and the first spoonful was a revelation of textures.

The medley of different chocolate elements created an addictive indulgence that was almost impossible to resist.

It was the sweet note that sealed the deal on a remarkable dining experience.

Dish Flavour★★★★★
Appearance★★★★★
Serving Size★★★★★
Aroma★★★★★
Value for Money★★★★★
MY RATING:★★★★★

Final Thoughts…

In summary, Dulce Seafood and Wine is truly a hidden gem tucked away just off Prince’s Street.

My visit was a testament to the outstanding quality of their offerings and the dedication of their culinary team. From the inviting ambiance to the artful presentation and exquisite flavors, Dulce exceeded my expectations. It’s no surprise that I’ll be adding it to my list of top recommended restaurants. So, if you’re seeking an unforgettable dining experience in Edinburgh that marries fresh seafood with impeccable flavors and a cozy atmosphere, look no further than Dulce Seafood and Wine. Take my word for it—you won’t be disappointed.

Service / Staff★★★★★
Ambience★★★★★
Time between Courses★★★★★
Overall Value for Money★★★★★
MY OVERALL RATING★★★★★
It’s important to note that all the views and opinions expressed in my blog posts and vlogs are entirely personal, have not been influenced in any way and reflect my individual perspective. I value authenticity and honesty above all, and my content is a genuine reflection of my thoughts and experiences.
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