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The Shore Grill and Fish House - Food with a View
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The Shore Grill and Fish
Queen Margaret's Place,
North Queensferry,
KY11 1HP,
United Kingdom
01383 410000

It must be daunting for a restaurant to live up to the view that spans the Queensferry Crossing. As this pioneering structure raises its harp and plays its strings what food do you put on the plate?
Scottish of course but The Shore Grill & Fish House has decided to keep it real with an un-intimidating menu and it works, mostly.  

Crowd-pleasing fish and chips, burgers and steaks come ‘poshed-up’ with additions such as charred lemon, beer batters, and Isle of Mull Cheddar fondue. Mr Bite chooses mussels in a Cullen Skink sauce; they are large and fleshy, generally not the kind with most taste but the sauce is properly smoky and fluffy focaccia sees us both dunking. 

Across the table I have treacle-cured smoked salmon which is cut thick and sumptuous; a snappy, linseed crisp to the side and fresh radishes. Individual elements are excellent but somehow the dish lacks cohesion; having said that I have rarely tasted better salmon. 

Main course for me was disappointing. Langoustines came with aioli which was really mayo (albeit smoked) in a small pot. The prawns were tender and wobbly but quite small. No implements were offered with which to extract every last juicy piece of claw meat and no finger bowl. It is a Fish House. Mr Bite fared much better with a huge T-bone, all the trimmings and that unmistakable aged flavour of the Border’s beef.

Desserts saw me swoon and forgive past indiscretions. A burnt sugar custard and pecan tart with a caramel sliced banana and ice cream did it for me.  The clever art of charring, burning and smoking has been mastered and applied throughout the menu with a Josper Grill used to great effect. Mr Bite’s lime and blueberry posset was a divine combination of fruit and cream garnished with yellow and purple pansies. Do I have to eat them he asks; bless. 

Staff are local and genuinely friendly, ambience is kick back. Design includes a wooden wavy ceiling and that jaw dropping full glass frontage. A Grill Menu hits the right note but some attention to detail is needed (S. Wilson) 

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