The Exchange (Greenock) 2022 : Review

Todays Visit

Today was my parents anniversary, and we had gone to Dunoon and we needed a place to visit for dinner.

I had been here at the opening and really loved the food, everything was very tasty so I said lets grab the ferry and grab dinner at The Exchange.

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

The Food

I knew I was in for a treat tonight if the standard was just like my first visit.

Black Pudding Spring rolls £5.95
Served with creamy peppercorn sauce

The moment I saw this I knew I had to order this as it sounded very good.

On arrival this looked really good, and smelled very nice.

I tried the spring rolls on their own and they were lovely, and then with the sauce and WOW this elevated it to another level and was so so so so moreish!

I could have easily had this again as my main tonight!

Aroma★★★★★
Presentation★★★★★
Taste★★★★★
Value for Money★★★★★

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Penne Carbonara £8.95
Smoked pancetta and mushrooms served win a white wine, garlic cream sauce.

I was looking forward to this, and on arrival this looked good.

I took a bite, then another two…hmm

I will start with the good part, the pasta was cooked nicely.

I did not get much flavour of anything through this pasta.

I even added some salt and pepper and still not much, I actually only took half and left it as I didn’t enjoy this.

Sorry guys.

Aroma★★
Presentation★★★★★
Taste
Value for Money★★

My Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Visit Overall

Overall todays visit was a bit disappointing.

After an amazing invite when they opened, and heard pre covid that they were still really good.

Todays visit was not great!

The starter was amazing! and I really loved that…..but the pasta was terrible. Zero flavour and not nice to eat. I’m surprised the chefs used normal mushrooms because they lacked depth and got lost in a tasteless pasta sauce. If you were to cook this pasta dish at home I would recommend trying portobello mushrooms or shitake mushrooms which are both full of intense flavour, click here to see more great mushroom alternatives!

Sorry guys.

Service★★★
Time between Courses★★★
Overall Value for Money★★★

My Overall Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

No12 Hotel & Bistro (North Berwick) 2022 : Review

Todays Visit

Yip back again but this visit was with my parents, my dad had never been to North Berwick so it was my turn to show him around and then we all went for a late lunch.

Today inside was very busy, so they had a garden area which is where we sat and again it was just as nice as it was a dry day.

Noise Level★★★★
Table Dressing★★★★
Garden Cleanliness★★★★★

The Food

On my last visit, I had the Nachos so I wanted to try something different.

Tex Mex – £12.95
Chicken breast fried in breadcrumbs topped with grilled cheese, jalapenos and spicy chipotle mayo in a toasted brioche bun. Serviced with homemade slaw and fries.

On arrival, I liked the presentation and I was very hungry so I couldn’t wait to take a big bite.

I took a bite, then another…hmm I got the kick from the Jalapenos but the flavour overall was just ok.

Don’t get me wrong it was nice but not much flavour to it, maybe a stronger cheese or a spicy chicken burger would have lifted this up.

The chips were so good! they didn’t need salt and had a subtle but nice crispness to them…I could have just had a big bowl of these.

Aroma★★★★
Presentation★★★★★
Taste★★★★
Value for Money★★★★

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Visit Overall

I am happy I found a new place to eat, and I will be visiting again as I saw a few other dishes I want to try.

Just like last time service was very good, and I had a nice relaxing late lunch.

Service★★★★★
Time between Courses★★★★★
Overall Value for Money★★★★★

My Overall Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

No12 Hotel & Bistro (North Berwick) 2022 : Review

Todays Visit

Today I took a wee drive to North Berwick, I have been here many times before and always love a wee visit.

I normally just head to the same place, but today I spotted No12 and thought lets take a visit and check them out.

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

The Food

I had no idea what to order but the Nachos stood out for me.

Nachos – £8.95
Tortilla chips topped with melted cheese, jalapeños, salsa, guacamole and sour cream.

On arrival these looked good, and it was a good sized portion (from the light bites menu)

The nachos were nice, and the cheese etc all as one bite was very good.

I really enjoyed these today and would easily have them again.

Aroma★★★★★
Presentation★★★★★
Taste★★★★
Value for Money★★★★★

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Visit Overall

I am very happy I decided to pop in to somewhere different today, and I would come back.

The other options on the menu or light bites looked really good so next visit I will check them out.

Service★★★★★
Time between Courses★★★★★
Overall Value for Money★★★★★

My Overall Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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