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“What a shame!”
Review of The Abstract - CLOSED

The Abstract
Price range: $32 - $64
Cuisines: Scottish
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Description: Nestled on the banks of the River Ness within the Glen Moriston Hotel, Abstract Inverness is a stylish bar and restaurant recently dubbed a ���rising star��� by the Michelin Guide. Head Chef Geoffrey Malmedy specializes in modern French cuisine using locally sourced Scottish ingredients wherever possible. Popular dishes include Black Isle beef fillet with oxtail; Scottish halibut with vanilla and chervil; and hot strawberry souffl��. The chic piano bar boasts a huge list of malt whiskies, a wide selection of cocktails and an extensive international wine list. Abstract was the first restaurant in Scotland to introduce a chef's table. Situated in the kitchen, it offers a unique opportunity for diners to enjoy a stunning tasting menu whilst watching the team at work.
Peterhead, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“What a shame!”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

We have been coming here for our wedding anniversary for the past 10 years and have noticed a significant drop in standards over the past few years. The restaurant has been spoiled by joining it up with the Contrast and unfortunately last night will be the last time we will return as the standards have dropped just too far now. The menu was lacking in choice and the food has lost its wow factor, the music was too loud, we were the only couple couple dining in the Abstract with Contrast customers passing through the dining room to the loo. Even the standard in the toilets has dropped significantly. Gordon Ramsay you need to return to this restaurant again to put them back on track.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank phil w
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BHtlGuestRelations, Guest Relations Manager at The Abstract, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Dear Guest,

The last thing we want to do is to live on our reputation. Every day we are motivated by passion to deliver exceptional service experiences and create lasting and meaningful memories. Complacency is not really part of our vocabulary.

It was upsetting to us to read your review and I would like to look into this in more detail. Unfortunately, your Trip Advisor name does not enable me to track your booking and I would be grateful if you could contact me on info@glenmoristontownhouse.com

I hope to hear from you.

With all good wishes,

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92 reviews from our community

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent tasting menu with matching wines!”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

We have been visiting Abstract regularly over the years and always choose the tasting menu with matched wines. This year we really liked the flavours and textures of the food and the selected wines properly complemented the food. As always an excellent evening.

My only negative comment is that the initial greeting at the hotel reception was terse and the "cocktail bar" was a bit chaotic. When you are paying around £180, including a couple of glasses of champagne, for your evening, this is not the best start to your evening.

Visited July 2013
Thank Grumpywise
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Jakarta, Indonesia
Level 2 Contributor
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“On a slippery slope”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

Have been visiting this restaurant for a number of years when in Inverness.
Quality has been going downhill noticably now for a few years and the decline appears to be accelerating.
Recent visit was average at best with a much reduced wine list, menus with food stains on them, ill informed staff and food that would not be out of place in most restaurants on Inverness (that is not a compliment). Will not be going back. Disappointed.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Martin2173
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Inverness, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Just Excellent”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

This is not a cheap night out but neither is it anywhere like the most I've paid for dinner. Making the booking was easy, we were well received and receptionist and bar staff were friendly. The restaurant staff new about their dishes and sources for the food which was well cooked from an interesting menu. There was a good wine cellar with a variety of prices.
Overall an excellent experience.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank fraternally
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Inveraray, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Four and a half stars - two 'gripes'”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

Arrived 15 mins early and a very courteous young man offered us a seat in the bar or to sit us at our table. We chose the bar for a cocktail and very nice they were too. The young man was knowledgeable and helpful in helping us choose. Once we were settled in and given our drinks and studied the menu we were served with some 'canopes'. The haggis ones were delicious.

We were presented with a mini scroll. Once opened this was our menu! An excellent idea. Although the waiter was very good in describing what we were about to eat, it was great to have the little menu to refer to and also to keep as a memento. I thought this an excellent touch and every restaurant should follow suit.

We chose the tasting menu. Excellent value for money i thought. Started off with an amuse bouche which was a very tasty spinach soup. There was absolutely nothing on the whole menu that we did not like though i thought my sea bass slightly salty. I didnt particularly enjoy the cuttlefish which i have never had before but again i think this was purely my tastebud. The scallops, confit chicken wings with chicory, parsnips and smoked bacon was absolutely delicious.

Whilst not a great lover of sweets the layered chocolate, banana and rum, banana parfait, chocolate gel, praline were heavenly.

The service was very good. Attentive and in no way intrusive.

My two gripes that took away half a star

1) music was provided by a very talented lady playing a beautiful piano and she also had a lovely voice. BUT it was far too loud and on for far too long. It was a relief when she stopped for a break. Background music is nice but this was not 'background". The piano should be moved. I think it would be better somewhere between abstract and contrast and then both restaurants could enjoy the music in the background where it should be. We had to raise our voices to speak to each other. Our evening would have been absolutely perfect had it not been for that. It was irritating and that is no reflection at all on the quality of the piano playing was the music...it was actually very nice...just far too loud.

2). Service charge is not included which i absolutely applaud as i do feel we, the customers, should choose whether to pay and how much we should. Because we moved back to the bar for another drink and paid by credit card, i forgot to leave a service charge. I am so annoyed at myself. I would not put a service charge on a credit card and prefer to leave cash. I wish we paid our bill when still seated in the restaurant and then i would have left a tip on the table.

I feel very guilty but shall visit again and leave a double tip because it was well deserved.

This restaurant is well worth a visit and i would certainly recommend but not for a romantic evening unless the piano is moved.

  • Visited May 2013
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3 Thank Cal26_11
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