A visit to Cail Bruich on Great Western Road, Glasgow is a must for any foodies amongst my readers. Dinner there this week was one of the best dining experiences I have ever known.
Invited by a business associate who was visiting from the States, this was to be my first visit to the restaurant. Having had some previous encounters with supposed fine dining I must admit to being wary before we arrived.
Cail Bruich is an unassuming establishment with a solid feel to it. The staff on our arrival took our coats and had us seated almost immediately. Drinks menus followed and we had time to peruse the menus which were folded into a block of wood on the table. No big bulky folders here, just a piece of good quality paper with the menus typed out.
As we were discussing the options a granite bowl with barley in it was put down before us. Sitting on top of the barley were two delicate filo pastry tarts with crab and dressing. A snack to keep us going whilst we decided on our order.
My dining companion had advised he was seriously lactose intolerant and the waiter let us know which of the tarts was mine, as my companions had been made differently. This was absolutely the finest and most delicate filo pastry I have ever tasted.
The order was made and more snacks arrived, this time a cube of beef brisket in a crumb coating. Suitable for both of us, this was a small parcel of melt in the mouth perfection. By now I knew this was going to be a true fine dining experience. Then it was time for home baked bread for us, with two different kinds of butter for me. Another snack with the most remarkable cracker and nasturtium flowers accompanying another tasty morsel.
Our starters were Scallops and Sea Trout, they arrived beautifully presented and our staff member happily explained the accompaniments. Seemingly the scallops were wonderful with the accompanying garnish perfectly matched. I had the sea trout and it was a complete eye opener with cucumber, sorbet and tiny morsels of explosive flavours to discover all around my plate.
The waiting staff deserve their own mention, they were knowledgeable and happy to explain the finer details of any of the dishes. Attentive without being intrusive and obviously happy in what they were doing, they were excellent.
For the main course, my companion had the venison which he assured me was some of the best he has ever tasted. Enthusing about the blend of flavours used in the dish. I had chosen the Inverurie beef with white turnip, girolle and salsa verde. With two different cuts of beef, both prepared to perfection this was again an adventure in the culinary arts.
For dessert my companion was going to sample some of the ewe’s milk cheese but decided that would have been a step too far. Of course, I had dessert and chose the pear dish which had slices of pear with a creamy yet light ice cream alongside a vanilla cream with malt crumble. A fantastic light yet decadent finish to my meal.
I am certainly no foodie nor restaurant reviewer but I do hope I have given you an insight into this fantastic restaurant. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone who enjoys good food in relaxed surroundings.
Why not check out their website here