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The White Goose, Dundee
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The White Goose
44 Dock Street,
Dundee,
Tayside,
DD1 3DR
01382 221504

Two pounds of corned beef, two of compressed mutton, mock turtle soup, green peas and duck. These were not items featured on the menu of The White Goose but rather on that of the explorer crew aboard the RSS Discovery bound for Antarctica in 1901.

After visiting the fascinating museum Discovery Point and reading – amongst other gems – that an Emperor Penguin tastes like rotten fish soaked in turpentine Liz and I  were ready for something more refreshing. 

The White Goose whilst sounding like something on the explorers menu is in fact a modern eatery a stone’s throw away from the museum and train station. It is spacious with good accessibility and the ambience is laid back and a little cheeky. Pies with gravy splitting their crusts are piled on the counter and a mural of a goose with scarlet bow set the scene. 

Perfect pours as well as mixed drinks on the cocktail list catch our eye and Solway Spicy Vodka with orange fever tree tonic and a Raspberry Fresh hit the spot.

Veggie and vegan options looked tempting but I chose the house 'goose salad'. Intensely coloured with a twist of lime, sweet and tender corn, roast red peppers and tomatoes. The dressing however, was a little acidic so some sweet balsamic, seasoning or olive oil (none on table) would have been handy. Liz had crispy tacos filled with a mirepoix of crab and mango and tzatziki to pour. Cleverly combined flavours executed well. 

Main courses were Vietnamese pork balls for Liz and Sicilian salmon for me. The pork balls were large, sausagey and unseasoned and the sauce was more a ratatouille than spicy. Liz commented that she would also have liked more mint. The expected flavours were not present. My salmon had a good crispy skin, burnt lemon was a nice 'Sicilian' touch and tenderstem broccoli and oyster mushrooms all made for a tasty plate of food.

Wines had been thoughtfully selected - Chilean Riesling for me and an old vine Garnacha for Liz. Puddings were ‘Affogato’ and a signature ‘goose egg’ chocolate covered ice cream ball with sauce for theatrical pouring. 

The new V&A museum is scheduled to open in September and my Discovery ticket is valid for a year so a return visit is on the cards and I can definitely recommend The White Goose as a very respectable pit stop. (S. Wilson)

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