Boisdale's City outpost may be inauspiciously sequestered up an alleyway near Liverpool Street station, but it manages to soothe visitors with its comfy leather chairs, tartan tones and live jazz pianist. Owner Ranald MacDonald is famed for his Caledonian classics, and much of the kitchen's produce is sourced north of the border – from Cumbrae rock oysters and Lochcarnan smoked salmon to superlative dry-aged Aberdeenshire beef (don't miss the generous rib on the bone). Poached lobster served cold with lobs ter mayonnaise is also a favourite, while chocolate fondant with Glenfiddich ice cream rounds things off in boozy Highland style. Those not wishing to blow their bonus can seek solace in the excellent-value ‘Jacobite' menu (£19.75 for two courses), and well-informed staff deliver ‘really good' service – particularly when it comes to admirable whisky-and-cigar pairing suggestions.
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