Saturday, June 30, 2012

Inverness (Scotland): Rocpool

We picked Rocpool because it was always listed in the top 3 restaurants in Inverness of all the travel books we had. We had made a reservation but when we showed up for dinner, we (at least I anyway) felt highly under-dressed; ladies in evening gowns, man in suits... and we showed up in our hiking attire. Not completely inappropriate but definitely a little bit out of place.

Not that this would stop us. But there was still an air of pretension floating in Rocpool; the staff was a bit distant, the guest all seemed happy with themselves being there. The upper-crust or something like that.
It bugged me for 5 minutes but then I looked at the menu and forgot about it.

Then they brought the dishes and was very happy; food was good. Freshness in all the produces as we have been accustomed to in Scotland and great attention to the way they are prepared. I'd give it 3 Michelin forks (not a star but darn close).

We had a really good time and I would wholeheartedly recommend Rocpool.

Buffalo mozzarella with sweet roasted red peppers, baby plum tomato & aubergine with fresh greens, basil & mint £7.95

Chicken liver parfait with fresh mango chutney, dressed greens and toasted brioche £7.95 

Crisp fillet of sea bream with warm salad of griddled new season asparagus, soft boiled egg and watercress with parmesan, dijon & capersreally £17.95

Loinf of venison roasted with parma ham & black pudding, creamed parsnips & wild mushrooms with garlic, thyme and crisp fried potato £19.95  

Linguine with grilled king prawns, hand dived king scallops , oven roasted cherry tomatoes with garlic & chili olive oil £18.95

Rocpool Restaurant
1 Ness Walk
Scotland, U.K.

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