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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Gordon's (Inverkeilor): Always pleasant

Very enjoyable lunch at Gordon' s, on the Scottish coast between Dundee and Aberdeen.

In spite of our driving them crazy with our changes of mind (it's four of us, no it's six, there is a vegetarian, no sorry she has turned carnivorous - and by the way do you mind a baby with a pram...), they accommodated us perfectly in their warm dining room.

We were the only guests for the Sunday lunch (simpler menu at lunch but priced fantastically at £28 for three courses and coffee with petit fours) on a frighteningly rainy Summer day (it can get busier in the evenings so book ahead).

Excellent, excellent raw materials like this hake

cooked very sympathetically (hake can get massacred because of its high moisture and needs some skill), resting on deliciously crispy samphire and joyously presented.

And this salmon,

a miniature of deliciousness.

At the end we had some cheeses whose Scottish names we'll never be able to remember (though we do remember they were in perfect conditions and served at proper temperature). But the star was this Valrohna Chocolate parfait:

with vanilla white chocolate ice cream in which the intensity of the flavours was magnified by the wonderful Morello cherries. The chocolate parfait had actually the velvety consistency of the perfect tiramisu' (just to give you the idea) - a great end to the meal.

Once again, lunch at this charming Husband-Wife-Son operation (Son is the Chef) is one of the best ideas you might have if you are at driving distance (for dinner, the higher prices invite comparison with some tough competition, especially if you look in the Fife direction, and while the quality is high, the foodie in you will become just that much more critical - still warmly recommended, though).


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