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Littles in Blairgowrie
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Little’s
4 Wellmeadow,
Blairgowrie
01250 875358
12 noon - 2.30 and 6pm-9.30 pm; closed Sundays,

If you need an excuse to visit the bonnie berry toon of Blairgowrie I have the perfect one for you. Little's is an unassuming restaurant on the corner of the town square serving the very best of Scottish fish and seafood.

Mr Bite and I were immediately impressed by the lively atmosphere when we visited on a Saturday night. Staff and management are exceptionally friendly and this makes for a very hospitable restaurant. They are efficient too. Despite the restaurant being rammed I watched dishes arrive at nearby tables precisely in order and without too long a wait. Impressive. 

For starters I was very tempted by Scottish langoustine in garlic butter (£8.95) but finally decided on twice baked cheese soufflé topped with our own hot smoked salmon and horseradish cream (£.8.95). Rich and fluffy with slightly chewy cheese round the edges, salty luscious fish and well-dressed, well-seasoned leaves. Mara seaweed shakers of Dulse and Kombu adorn each table. A very nice idea as I love Mara seaweed but we found them redundant as all our dishes came perfectly seasoned from the kitchen. Mr Bite had carpaccio of beef fillet with parmesan and rocket salad £9.95 and was well happy; ruby juicy meat and lots of it.

For mains Mr Bite and me both chose from the specials board, a must for a good fish restaurant. I chose John Dory fillet, seafood risotto and crispy pancetta (£19.95) whilst Mr B went for the cushion of Blue Ling brown lentil casserole, prawn tails, Dauphinoise potato, wild garlic dressing and tomato chutney (£17.95). My risotto contained prawn tails, clams and a host of other fishy goodies and was almost as sloppy as a bona fide Italian one. Top marks. The cooking of the fish was noticeably precise. Of course with a restaurant of this calibre we need to make some criticisms and Mr B though both his lentils and dauphinoise were undercooked by about a minute.

We decided to share dessert which was a BIG mistake. Apple 3 ways - crumble, frangipane and panna cotta with a superb calvados custard. A lot of fork fighting ensued. This was a top notch dessert befitting of a fine dining restaurant and delicious to boot.

I would heartily recommend this wee restaurant. It is heaven for fish lovers but they serve game, meat and pizza too. You can walk off the calories the next day along the Cateran Trail. A must!

 






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