Food – Life, Passion, Art & Fun!
Heard good things about Santé from friends at work so decided to round up a few people and check it out. Greeted at the door by Julien the restaurant manager, we were brought to our seats (not only does he offer good service but has excellent up selling skills). Complimentary Homemade bread and oil kicked things off. To drink we ordered a bottle of Estrella Damm Inedit. A light, smooth beer specially crafted by the genius Ferran Adria and his team at elBulli to pair with food, simply delicious. Before the first bottle had finished, Julian was already over proposing to chill another one in ice for us. That’s my kind of service! There was 3 of us so we each ordered from the 2 course lunch menu plus an additional three tapas. The food is good and tapas portion sizes are excellent value for money (3 for £10).
We shared the Steamed mussels with Provençal sauce, Sautéed potatoes & chorizo, Saffron marinated seabass
To start I had the Pork & fois gras terrine. It was nice but could’ve done with a bit more seasoning (it did come served with rock salt on the slate). I tasted Lee’s Parsnip and apple soup and it got the thumbs up.
For mains Lee ordered the Braised daub of venison with puy lentils and Pommes Anna. Pure divine and melted like butter in your mouth, best dish overall. Spence and I ordered the Seared loin of rabbit with pearl barley, dauphinoise potatoes and port jus. Which unfortunately we found to be tough and dry.
Completely stuffed, we decided to attempt sharing a Chocolate tart with vanilla ice cream. What a struggle, nice but too much to eat. Also quite rich and a little hard (could have been left out of the fridge awhile to soften). The dish was beautifully presented.
Second visit – After having lunch in their sister restaurant Pig’Halle, we were left still feeling a bit peckish! There was only one solution to that…. TAPAS. This time we were four and ordered a melange of 6 different tapas:
– Selection of Crostini & dips
– Rillettes of Duck with croutons
– Saffron marinated seabass
– Beef Carpaccio, parmesan, rocket salad & caper berries
– Mouton & beef Calderata
– Sautéed potatoes & chorizo.
Again all tapas were excellent value for money and tasted great setting us back only £20. We stayed drinking all day till dinner time and Lee and I had built back up our ‘mighty off days appetite’. We both ordered the Special: Duck breast with red cabbage, Dauphinoise potatoes & Port jus. Very happy with the dish, but could’ve done with more duck.
Dining in Santé is very relaxed and casual. You never feel rushed and service is always there but never intrusive. Looking around I noticed customers coming in for a coffee, some for a drink and others for food. I guess its a one stop place that suits everyone’s tastes. Santé to me is a place to relax and enjoy great food and drinks with friends. Will certainly be back again.
*Note: Gleneagles staff receive 10% discount on food. Don’t forget to bring your card!
10 South St John’s Place, Perth PH1 5SU, Scotland
Tel: +44(0)1738 449710 | www.sante-winebar.co.uk