I had been to The Kitchen previously for lunch and found it pleasant enough, but hadn't rushed to go back. When my friend suggested it for an evening out, I was happy enough and booked a table upstairs with a river view. The river views are one of the restaurant's strong points, so when we arrived and were offered an alternative table downstairs, looking out onto parked cars and with passers-by looking in at us, I was a bit disappointed. We stayed there for a drink while our table was made ready, but moved as soon as we were able. Upstairs, though, it takes the staff a bit longer to get to you and the drink, even longer. Our bottle of wine and three glasses sat on the bar across from us for a good twenty minutes until my friends asked the barman if she could just take it! No member of staff had been near it in the meantime and we had had our starters and moved onto the main courses. The food was enjoyable and my sea bass done to a turn and was reasonably priced. It was just a pity we had to wait so long for it, especially as the restaurant seemed to be quieter now than it had been when we came in. On the plus side, the long wait and fair portion size meant we had space for dessert. If you are happy to wait and string out your evening between courses, looking out over the River Ness, then you can have a good night at The Kitchen.
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