There were six in our party for dinner at Howies a couple of nights ago. We wanted a restaurant close to Waverley Station (two of the party were coming by train from Glasgow) and, as we had a vegetarian in the group, we needed a restaurant with something suitable on the menu. We chose Howies in Waterloo Place and were very pleased with our decision!
I had booked the table in advance but the restaurant semed very quiet that evening so we probably didn't need to book ahead of time - or maybe just not in January when everything is quiet! The building is beautiful and we were pleased to be shown to a table in the big bay window. The service was good - attentive and friendly but not intrusive - and the menu options were interesting and varied. Two in the party had the cullen skink to start with (which I have to say was excellent!). Other starters ordered were the haggis, neeps and tatties, the fish cakes and the wild mushroom petit pie. No complaints from anyone, everything was delicious.
For the main course, three of our group chose the fish dish of the day which was hake, I had the Loch Duart salmon, another had the aubergine croquettes and the sixth dish chosen was butternut squash and couscous. All the dishes were beautifully presented and everyone said how good it all was.
After the main course we were offered the dessert menu but none of us felt like eating dessert straight away. Not a problem for the staff - they suggested we should just have a bit of time to relax and they would come back later to see if we had changed our minds. The restaurant wasn't busy but, even so, we really appreciated not being rushed. After a break, two of the group ordered dessert - banoffee pie and sticky berry pudding - which of course everyone had to try!
It was a very enjoyable evening and the consensus of opinion was that we will all be back!
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