Loch Fyne Bistro, Loch Fyne Hotel and Spa, Inverary – October 2011

This is the menu that is received when staying at the Loch Fyne Hotel and Spa on a dinner, bed and breakfast rate.  The menu is priced at £32.95

We were given a roll each whilst perusing the menu.   We were a little disappointed to not see an artisan styled bread considering the surrounding but a plain, cold roll (our lunch at Loch Fyne Oyster Bar had a much better intro bread) to start a smoked salmon and herb mousse, dainty little  morsels,  creamy texture, not overpowering with salmon.

Next Chicken Parfait and Apple Jelly

Pretty bland tasting and as usual with restaurants never enough oatcakes to parfait/pate!

Shallot Tarte Tartin for the other half, he said it was tasty however could have done with more shallot.

Tomato and red pepper soup for both, delicious soup, fresh tasting and thick.

Smoked haddock and langoustine chowder for me, clams were worth a mention – not a bit of grit.  The mash underneath had small pieces of langoustine throughout.

Loin of venison, potato rosti and buttered spinach.  Tender, melt in the mouth venison.  Beautiful.

Strawberry Sable, buttery shortbread and flavoursome strawberries.

Warm, dark chocolate brownie with honeycomb ice cream.  Ice cream was disappointing not very creamy or tasting of honeycomb.  Brownie could have been more moist.

Taste of Clava Brie cheese and oatcakes.  Again a morsel, very nice cheese.

Overall a nice meal, nothing to write home about or to make me want to venture to Inverary on a special trip.  The atmosphere was also a little lacking, very very low background music meant that we could hear the conversations to either side of our table.  The lighting was also a bit too bright for what was couples eating dinner o’clock.  Candles on tables would be a nice touch.

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