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It was Mothers Day and I finished working the breakfast shift. Fuelled on double espressos, an empty stomach and having no desire whatsoever to cook for myself, the only solution was to eat out. So I picked up the phone and called my trusty gastronomic sidekick buddy that goes by the name of Leroy (He can eat as much as I can and usually end up picking the same dishes, great minds think alike). Being Mothers Day the chances of us getting a table were slim. Fortunately for us there was availability at 6pm. Obviously the restaurant was full of families and our little table of two. The waitress didn’t help by suggesting our candle be lit…. awkward! The restaurant itself is narrow and stretches back, with one window beside the entrance. In the centre of the room, there’s a bar and the on the back wall a pass into the kitchen. The décor is old fashioned and has a rustic feel.
Being a hungry hippo I decided to order 2 starters: “Soup of Day Tomato and Roasted Pepper served with Crusty Bread” and “Mango & Brie Filo Parcels with Sweet Chilli dipping sauce”. Both Lee and I agreed that the soup lacked seasoning and a roasted pepper taste, should have just called it Tomato Soup to be honest. The Mango and Brie really worked for me. Flavours complemented each other, it was a lovely light starter. For our mains we both opted for the “Slow roasted Pork Belly with Crackling and braised Red Cabbage and Apple”. Flavoursome, succulent moist pork that melted in your mouth with a beautiful crisp piece of crackling. The cabbage and apple was well balanced, not too sweet and not tart, also with some lovely creamy mash. It was absolute sex, on a plate! Licking the plate crystal clean, believe it or not, I was left feeling peckish. So for dessert I suggested that Lee and I share another pork belly. Unfortunately by this time they had none left. OH NO! So we went for the Griddled Scottish sirloin steak (227g) grill garnish, chips. The steak was cooked to our liking, medium, however we felt the quality of beef wasn’t great.
Service was fine but basic. It really lacked warmth and a professional touch. A simple “enjoy your meal” or “how is you meal?” now and again would have made things much better. I’d come back again only if the pork belly was on the menu.
98 High Street, PH3 1BJ, Auchterarder, Scotland
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