I’ve eaten fish recently in a few places that I’ve written about before in this blog – Wedgewood in Edinburgh, the Seafood Restaurant in St Andrews and the Tolbooth in Stonehaven. The Seafood Restaurant and the Tolbooth specialise in fish but Wedgewood has a more general menu.
At Wedgewood, the starter was lobster thermidor creme brulee, which was absolutely superb. I was worried about it being too rich but they got it just right – creamy lobster with a slightly cheesy crust. Main course was perfectly cooked seabass with a Lanark Blue cheese risotto. Very nice French Sauvignon Blanc wine which was not stupidly overpriced. Faultless meal – they must be on course for a Michelin star. No pictures as it was too dark.
At the Tolbooth, I started with smoked haddock tart, which again was excellent – the balance of flavours was just right. Main course was a whole sole simply cooked in butter. Sometimes simple is best and this was a very good piece of fish. I only eat pudding occasionally but was tempted here by the trio of local strawberry dishes – a strawberry and basil soup, marshmallow and strawberry sorbet and strawberries with meringue. I was not disappointed.
My final fishy outing was to the renowned Seafood Restaurant in St Andrews. Like the last time, they messed up our booking and told us when we turned up at the time they said that they were too busy at that time and we should never have been offered it. Again, like the last time, this did not cause any problems at all in practice but why they treat customers as if it is a privilege to eat there I really do not know.
My starter was Pittenweem crab which looked great but which I found a wee bit disappointing – it was too cold and I thought rather tasteless. Main course was mackeral which was a better choice – simply cooked and very tasty. Apple crumble for pudding, which was OK but not outstanding. Stupidly, I forgot both camera and phone so no pictures.
Which was the best? Wedgewood I think, although it is not a specialist seafood place. The Tolbooth definitely had the edge on the Seafood restaurant which wasn’t quite as good as the last time I was there. It’s good but maybe a wee bit over-rated. The Tolbooth on the other hand had definitely improved.