It’s not often I go out for dinner on a Sunday night, but last night I took Dexter to my local branch of Loch Fyne Seafood and Grill restaurant at Bluewater last night for a wonderful 3-course meal, to test out their new autumn/winter menu that launched on 18th October.
You may have heard of Loch Fyne, the seafood restaurant chain with 37 restaurants across the UK – known for its fresh, sustainably sourced and seafood dishes. However, I’ve only eaten there once, a very long time ago. I’m not sure why … I love seafood, but when there’s so much choice, so many restaurants, sometimes it’s hard to know where to go and, if you’re like me, you end up sticking to the same places time and time again. So this was a wonderful opportunity for us to try something new.
First impressions? It was really quiet, and that’s just how I like it. I deliberately chose 6pm on a Sunday night because I knew it wouldn’t be busy. The lovely Assistant Manager I spoke to after our meal seemed worried I wouldn’t experience its normally ambience, but I assured him I don’t really like many people so it’s all good! Our restaurant was big and airy, and we chose to eat in the outside part of the restaurant.
Dexter is 13 and although open-minded when it comes to food in some ways, for example, he ordered squid to start with, he stuck with a burger for his main course. It’s not that he doesn’t like fish, he does, but he likes what he likes and it was nice that there was a meat option on the menu to give people choice.
His squid starter was delicious and came with a chilli jam that they should bottle and sell, sprinkled with cubed red pepper, spring onion and sesame seeds. As you can see, it wasn’t at all greasy but was golden and crunchy and lasted literally 45 seconds – he loved it.
I went for the grilled Scottish king scallop and chorizo in garlic butter starter because, let’s face it, I don’t have to worry about garlic breath being a single woman. In hindsight, I should have ordered some bread to soak up that delicious garlic/chorizo butter that was left in the shell – rookie error, so learn from my mistake! The scallop was soft and tender and the chorizo was the perfect accompaniment. I would have liked three scallops but then I’m pretty greedy.
You know what to expect with a burger, but here’s a photo of it anyway (reports were it was delicious.)
I was spoilt for choice and it was a toss-up between Fisherman’s Stew, Grilled Cod Rarebit (the bacon vinaigrette nearly sold that one to me). In the end, I went for whole Sea Bass with Heritage potatoes. You can ask for it to come whole or have it fileted for you, and as much as I really don’t mind a whole fish on a plate, it’s so much easier if someone de-bones it all for you – good to have the choice though. I think Sea Bass has to be my favourite fish, and I’ve eaten it a lot before, so I know what to expect, but I honestly think this was the best I’ve ever eaten. Two fillets were served, with a slice of grilled lemon and Thyme on top, the skin was crispy, the flesh was soft and moist … and the potatoes were covered in butter – what more could you want? It came with a little watercress on the side, so you may want to order a side order of vegetables, but (I’m salivating now just thinking about it again) you won’t be disappointed. 10/10.
They also offer lobster, curry, a shellfish platter and, of course, fish and chips, and you can also just choose your favourite fish and get it grilled. Oh, and there’s the specials board too … so there’s a lot to choose from.
I loved the sound of the new dishes that have been added to the autumn/winter dessert menu – Glazed Clementine Tart, Spiced Apple Walnut Crumble and a Loch Fyne Tirimasu, which is what I went for. I’m so predictable, I can’t resist a Tirimisu, but here’s what the apple crumble looks like:
My Tirimasu came in a pot with chocolate shavings on top and well, it’s Tirimisau, what’s not to like? It was delicious and funnily enough, even after eating two courses, I still managed to polish this off. Dexter went for the Chocolate Ashet, which contained a small hot chocolate fondant, chocolate marquise, chocolate ice cream and lemon zest strawberries. He demolished that too. So desserts … delicious.
Hard to comment on the service when staff know you’re there to review the menu, but they couldn’t have done enough for us and were very polite and professional, which I would expect anyway, so no complaints there.
SPECIAL READER OFFER
I hope you enjoyed reading this post about Loch Fyne – we certainly enjoyed eating there! And if you’d like to try out their new menu, I have a special discount I’d like to share with you. By using the discount code – ‘LFB1C36’ – you will be given a complimentary starter (but please read the T&Cs below.)
Terms and conditions: Complimentary starter at Loch Fyne available between 18th October 2017 – 30th November 2017 per a la carte main course purchased. Not valid after 6pm Fridays and Saturdays. All other menus including breakfast, set menus and Christmas menus are excluded. Not valid with any other offer, promotion, discount or Loch Fyne Friends Card. Not valid at Cairndow. One code per table for a max 6 diners.