Admittedly I had never been to Moonfish Cafe prior to Saturday night.
And to say I now know what all the fuss is about is a complete understatement.
Celebrating my birthday, my partner and I headed to the eatery, which is nestled on the quaint cobbled streets just off Union Street.
With beautiful, vibrant greenery outside, it wasn’t hard to spot this elegant and modern restaurant. It was busy, yet the staff took the time to introduce themselves and talk us through the menu.
Looking for something to quench our thirst I opted for a delicious The Botanist gin with a premium light tonic, and my partner decided on a guest beer, Innis & Gunn oak aged beer – one of his favourites.
Having never visited the restaurant before I was excited, and with head chef Brian McLeish in the kitchen I was very much looking forward to dinner.
I had heard great things about his cooking so the bar was set high.
Food ordered, we sat enjoying the ambiance of the restaurant as families and friends alike arrived.
As a snack, we were advised to try out the crab custard (£2.50). Smooth and creamy, this light and slightly zesty dish was delightful.
It was rich, and a good way to kick off our meal.
Shortly after we were treated to some complimentary warm, freshly-made sourdough bread, served with a delicious and light fromage frais with chives.
With scallops on the menu, it was this savoury offering that resulted it me ordering a starter over dessert.
Served in a gorgeous bowl, the scallops were melt-in-the-mouth. They came with a crispy chicken skin, soft mushrooms and slightly crunchy samphire – the textures of the dish were exquisite.
My knife glided through the perfectly cooked food with ease.
Moving on to mains, my partner chose a stunning treacle-cured sirloin of beef with crunchy onions, gorgeous truffle and vibrant, bright leeks.
My choice was a beautifully cooked lamb rump served with swede, fermented mushrooms and bilberrys – which provided a fruity hit.
Both dishes were flawless and we were extremely impressed with the attention to detail in their presentation.
They were served with a delicious sauce and my partner’s rare beef also included a jus which was slightly sweet and very tasty.
Both meats were tender and absolutely heavenly.
Polishing off our mains we left clean plates, and my partner decided to pick something sweet to round off our meal.
He opted for the strawberry and mascarpone dessert and, determined to have a taste, I requested a second spoon.
Decorated in the most incredible manner, the dish looked wonderful.
It boasted pretty edible flowers, and the strawberry and mascarpone dessert was finished with delectable pieces of burnt white chocolate and mint.
Thin shards of hardened strawberry sauce stood tall, and a liquid strawberry sauce was drizzled on top. A creamy dessert, it was very light and sweet.
Having had a brilliant dining experience, we left full and totally satisfied.
How we had not previously visited the Moonfish Cafe bewilders me, but, we are very much looking forward to returning soon.