LONDON EATERIES – Loch Fyne Seafood and Grill – Dishes to delight this season
For those of you that don’t know Loch Fyne started as a small oyster bar on the banks of the loch in majestic Scottish Highlands. Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill now has 25 years of expertise in fish and seafood and now has 41 restaurants throughout the UK. Much of the fish and seafood served today is still freshly delivered from the Loch!
The new Autumn/Winter menu is the first from the newly appointed Italian-born chef and includes dishes such as Lobster Thermidor, Loch Fyne Fish Stew and a Seafood Grill.
We spoke to executive chef Alessandro Cristiano who said “I’m immensely proud of the new Autumn/Winter menu and took inspiration from my own personal journey of discovery at Loch Fyne to create the dishes. Since joining the company earlier this year, I have spent a lot of time at the lochs in Scotland, and I wanted to harness the strong heritage and history I experienced there in the menu, as well as adding my own Italian influence to thee freshly caught, sustainable and delicious dishes.”
Alessandro then went on to talk about a few of the dishes in depth. He described the Smokehouse Ashet starter, which draws inspiration from a story he was told whilst joining the company. The story about an old smokehouse at Loch Fyne that caught whisky barrels on fire many years ago. The dish is a very clever interpretation of the story, celebrated by three different cuts of Loch Fyne’s smokehouse salmon. This is presented under a glass jar full of the whisky-scented smoke. Bringing an element of theatre to heighten your dinning experience. This modern technique is usually only seen in the finest of restaurants and this is only one of the examples that takes this new menu to a new level.
The second dish Alessandro described was a dessert called “Walk in Glen”. The dish is whisky and amaretto biscuit infused chocolate Panna Cotta, on a bed of crushed meringue and crystallised chocolate. Its presentation depicts that of a shoreline and water it’s another clever homage to the heritage of Loch Fyne.
After all the talk of the exciting menu we sampled a selection of starters, mains and desserts. For starters we had oysters, the Smokehouse Ashet and Lobster Bisque. For mains we had the Loch Fyne Fish Stew and Seafood Tagliatelle. For deserts we had the Walk in Glen and Treacle Tart.
Our highlights were the Oysters and the Smokehouse Ashet. The Oysters were possibly the best we’ve tasted. They were fresh, sweet, and creamy and the saltiness that can often be too overpowering was just subtle. I have a theory as to why these taste so good and it’s because of the unique water the Oysters grow in. Unlike many other Oysters that grow in the sea, the Loch Fyne Oysters grow in the Loch that is a blend of seawater and fresh water that runs down from the highlights into the Loch.
There was also a fantastic range of drinks with wines from France, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, Austria, Argentina and Suffolk in England.
All the dishes on the A/W menu are freshly prepared and diners can be rest assured that all the fish and seafood served at Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill is carefully and sustainably sourced.
Dinners who prefer meat or vegetarian cuisine can choose from the restaurant’s a la carte menu, which offers dishes such as Baked Butternut Squash Cannelloni, 28-Day aged Rib-Eye Steak and Duck Confit.
There is also a set menu offering two courses for just £10.45, with choices including Cullen Skink, Scottish Rope-Grown Mussels and Clam Linguine.
Four of the restaurants offer boutique hotels – in Bath, Henley, Poole and Kenilworth. So you could enjoy a delicious and refreshingly modern meal and a great night stay under one roof.
This great new Autumn/Winter has certainly taken Loch Fyne up a level and is now chasing the heals of some the finest of restaurants. Loch Fyne’s offers fresh, quality and inspiringly presented food at reasonable price. We would certainly recommend a visit.
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