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[Tarbert, Isle of Harris] Ardhasaig House

Palladium Jul 6, 2013 03:31 PM

A four-course, no choice menu at this restaurant with rooms. We were asked whether there was anything we didn't like or couldn't eat when we booked. (My husband told them that I would "eat anything".)

I have forgotten some details of the pre-dinner canapes- a few spoonfuls of a risotto-ish dish with some very smoky bacon, a chunky fish pate, a bit of langoustine. Lovely with a drink.

Starter was a salad with local scallops and langoustines. This was very good- seafood was fresh and cooked perfectly and the dressing didn't mask their flavours.

Main was lamb with a port and berry sauce. The lamb was cooked nice and pink and though the berry sauce was good, the lamb itself surprisingly didn't taste of much to me. My husband told me later that adding some salt improved it immensely for him.

Dessert was a fruit pavlova. The meringue was perfectly done, and the Scottish fruit was beautiful. Simple, but well done.

Service was friendly but seemed to be very casual and a bit scattered rather than professional. But you can get away with that kind of thing in the Outer Hebrides- we weren't in a hurry, and neither were they!

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