There is some skill in the kitchen here. Though a starter of scallops featured rather sorry, slightly overcooked, comically stingy small pieces of one scallop, another starter of crab, fennel and orange salad was well-conceived, light, elegant, zingy and balanced.
Fennel and orange is a typically Sicilian combination, and this Mediterranean influence runs through the whole (very appealing) menu, which features spices and ingredients such as harissa, fregola, tahini, and so on.
Indeed a main of halibut with fregola and spicy squid was excellent, the favours clean and impressive. Another main of sole was OK, the sole itself a little bland, but the whole dish, being cooked and prepared with evident technique, quite pleasant.
Desserts were very satisfying: a port-poached pear was encased in a slightly hard millefeuille but otherwise tasty and accompanied by an icecream of rare quality around here; while I found a chocolate mousse really impressive both for flavour and texture.
Prices are fair for the quality but 1): the portions are on the small side even for fine dining standards - this feels more like London than Scotland...and 2) A restaurant of this type, at these prices, should serve an amuse bouche. Wine prices are high as usual, but not as high as elsewhere (let's say around three times retail price, except Champagne which is a better deal as always). Service was cheerful and pleasant. The room is spacious, with the kitchen in view, and during the day probably bright and with good views. I am tempted to return.
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