One of my favourite foodie experiences in this world is an extensive tasting menu – you’ve probably read quite a few of my reviews on here if you’re a regular reader of the blog. For my birthday during our stay at Cameron House on Loch Lomond in October, we visited Martin Wishart’s Michelin Star restaurant for dinner.
It’s quite a small and beautifully designed restaurant set within the Cameron House hotel, and I was pleased to see the tables were large with a good amount of space between them (there’s nothing I hate more than being bunched into a small place where you can hear everything the people on the next table are talking about!)
The service was impeccable from the moment we stepped foot inside (greeted with the spectacular cheese trolley at the door, which I had to tear myself away from).
We decided to go for the very impressive-looking 8 course tasting menu, paired with wine. As always when I post about tasting menus on here, the photos really don’t do the food justice. At restaurants like this, I try to take fairly discreet photos on my phone rather than getting out a big camera, it just doesn’t feel appropriate. But hopefully it will still give you an idea of food we tried and the culinary expertise at work here, starting with a few different amuse bouche dishes.
The first ‘official’ course of the 8 course tasting menu was Confit Loch Etive Trout, with Smoked Mussel Cream, Cucumber & White Radish. This was paired with 2012 Colet Navazos (Extra Brut)
Second course was Roasted Orkney Scallop with Muscade Pumpkin, Masala Spice & Carro. This was paired with Smoking Loon Viognier (2013) from California.
The third course was Pork Jowl and Shetland Squid, with Cauliflower Cream, Lardo & Bonito Butter Sauce. This was paired with a Chenin Blanc, The FMC (2014).
Fourth course was Foie Gras Mousse with bitter leaves, Seeds & Oloroso Sherry. This was paired with Symphone de Novembre Sweet Jurançon wine (2011) from Domaine Cauhape.
Fifth course was a Fillet of Monkfish, Salsify, Chervil Roots, Parsley Root Cream & Hazelnut Cappuccino. This was paired with Fiano Di Avellino (2014) from Villa Raiano.
Sixth course was Honey Spiced Goosnargh Duck with Red Cabbage, Sauerkraut & Spätzle. This was paired with an Eira dos Mouros Ribeiro.
Seventh (!) course was Saddle of Borders Roe Deer, Black Garlic, Celeriac & Caramelised Onion Sauce. This was paired with an Eberle Cotes-du-Robles 2012.
After a palate cleanser, the final course was Coconut Parfait and Yoghurt Mousse with Bergamot Sorbet. This was paired with the final wine, Itsasmendi Urezti dessert wine.
And as a lovely final gesture for my birthday, this patisserie platter emerged from the kitchen!
It is definitely up there in my very top tasting menus – I just loved everything about the evening, from the food to the ambience. Each of the dishes was very clever, with wonderful flavours and textures which complemented each other so perfectly. I liked that the dishes used local produce and I was very happy to see a sizeable chunk of Comté on the cheese trolley. You might be wondering why I didn’t include cheese in the list above. I was very sad to say that I was so full, I literally couldn’t have eaten a mouthful. It was torture seeing the trolley being pushed around to the tables near to us. It was great to see that the young man serving the cheese was incredibly knowledgeable about the cheeses and could talk at length about each of them.
If you’re planning a trip to Scotland (anywhere around the Glasgow area), please do take a trip to visit this superb restaurant. It’ll be one to remember!
You can find out more on the website here.