Oystercatcher Restaurant, Portmahomack

ImageThe Laird was on the loose at the weekend, and pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Oystercatcher Restaurant in the quaint fishing village of Portmahomack on the Dornoch Firth. 

The quirky fishing-themed decor and the picture window looking west up the firth create a unique setting.  The table d’hôte menu offered two main course sized plates from a limited but varied selection. 

My scallops with mixed seaweed and pea purée followed by belly pork was excellent and Lady Laird enthused about the badan rost and the tomato tatin, but was defeated by the quantity.  What really made the meal stand out was the extras – a beautiful selection of really fresh breads and butters, an appetiser of a tiny pot of Cullen skink with lobster pate and crisp bread, one of fried haggis and clap shot balls served on a smoking metal charcoal burner, and an amuse bouche of apple and brandy sorbet. 

A good wine list and a choice of hundreds of whiskies complement it all.  

 

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