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Loch Fyne
0131 559 3900
From 12 noon everyday

July 2010
 
I write this review a few weeks after actually visiting this restaurant so indecipherable notes lead me to ask Mr Bite for his recollections; he replies "good food, nice setting, bit touristy".  I liked this large converted warehouse; lots of light with great views over the forth. The natural wood, steel and glass add to its wharf-like feel as do the chalkboards describing fish specials. On the night we visit, the restaurant is full of hubbub from the said tourists and locals alike.
 
I settle down with a nice glass of Albarino, dry with peach and lots of mineral, (£5.65, 175ml) but Mr Bite is disappointed that they don't stock Loch Fyne Ales. The restaurant is part of a chain owned by Greene King and the absence of Scottish ales is sadly noted.
 
The food and wine however are good. I start with fish soup served with garlic bread (£4.50). It doesn't have the depth of flavour associated with a classic French soup but overall it is a deep, comforting bowl of fishiness and it gets better the further down I delve. Mr Bite has Loch Fyne Kinglas fillet of smoked salmon with wasabi and soy sauce (6.85) which is superb. Cuts of prime salmon beautifully presented with the accompaniments cutting nicely through the richness of the fish.
 
Mains are pan-fried fillet of bream with garlic mash and rocket pesto (£14) for Mr Bite and half a lobster with ginger and lime dressing served with a rocket and chicory salad (£14.85) for me. The bream is beautifully cooked with crispy skin and well seasoned. It is helped along by the mash which is buttery, rich and garlicky. My lobster is equally fine and the salad is fresh, peppery and fiery from flecks of red chilli.
 
Desserts are a lemony cheesecake with berry compote (£4.50) for me which is pretty standard and sticky toffee pudding (£4.50) for Mr Bite which is far superior: moist, sweet, light, and treacly.
 
We left as the sun was setting feeling very happy and satisfied. Other things worth noting are the free parking and the fact that children eat free with any adult's meal ordered from the a la carte menu, 12 noon - 6pm. (S Wilson) 


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