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Whiski Rooms
4-7 North Bank Street,
The Mound,
0131 225 7224
Food service Sun - Thu - 12noon - 10pm Fri & Sat - 12noon - 10:30pm

Slàinte mhath

This shrine to the Uisge Beath comprising shop, bar and restaurant squats proudly atop The Mound. Panoramic views of our 'Athens of the North' are impressive, even with the torrential climate change rain battering off the pavements. Ironically everyone has taken to their cars.

At least Liz and I are soon dry(ish) and get to enjoy food that hasn’t travelled too far. The Whiski Rooms boasts Scottish suppliers such as MacSweens and Neptune’s Larder and uses local bread and veg. We have the lunchtime deal of 3 courses for £15.

I choose the haggis and black pudding bon bons; the ginger coloured coating is crispy, the filling sweet and moist. A garden salad on the side is good but undressed and a citrus mayo is piquant. Liz has cauliflower soup which is great on flavour and very hearty, more a purée than a soup really and we feel it would benefit from an extra ingredient – I though a swirl of truffle oil, she thought blue cheese.

Main course for Liz is rib-sticking haggis, neeps and tatties, served traditionally with 3 big scoops of each component and a jug of whisky sauce to the side. The Whiski Rooms is a sort of informal city ‘embassy’ for Ardbeg and later in the meal I realised the signature sauce was the star of the show. A finger swirl around the inside of the jug revealing an indulgent smoky sweetness. There is a full Ardbeg menu available too.

I had ordered the butternut, gorgonzola and pear tart. Pastry was good, the squash had been caramelised and chunks of cheese and pear rubbed shoulders well. Again there was a large garden salad on the side with properly flavoursome lettuce leaves. Some good Scottish rapeseed oil wouldn’t have gone amiss.

I thought I was too full for sticky toffee pudding but we all have that special place don’t we and a last push was worth the effort. Ice cream, we discovered, was supplied by Porelli’s in Paisley. Liz had chosen 3 scoops and raved about the raspberry but was under whelmed by the chocolate.

If I was a tourist and came across this lunchtime deal I would be over the moon; as a ‘local’ taking refuge from the elements I was setup for the day and left with thoughts or returning for that Ardbeg menu. 


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