Fine dining is made accessible in a comfortable setting with Taisteal’s unique take on Scottish cuisine, featuring globally-inspired dishes. The warm greys, dark woods and pops of colour from the pillows, together with traditional seating, an odd window bench and the friendly staff help, to provide a pleasant relaxing atmosphere where diners can enjoy food overflowing with considered flavour and texture.
With a Michelin guide mention, this family-run establishment brings you the fine dining you would expect with a homely twist. Run by husband and wife duo, chef Gordon and behind the scenes coordinator, Lucy Craig, take you on a culinary journey with meals influenced from their travels. Dishes are made with fresh Scottish produce and brought to life through those international techniques and ingredients.
The Instagrammable dishes show off the distinct Taisteal style and uniqueness that lives up to its Michelin mention. When ordering from the à la carte menu, diners can start with the luxurious ham hock with foie gras, a black pudding terrine and piccalilli relish. For mains, tuck into the signature pork belly, plated to perfection and served with pork cheek raviolo, a chorizo Scotch egg and cauliflower or pick from the selection of fish dishes. We love the look of the pan-fried hake, crusted in wild garlic, swimming in a spring vegetable broth which comes with prawn wonton.
Desserts are so decadent, you won’t know which one to pick; they include the boozy sorbet of the day, a yuzu meringue pie, banana bread with peanut butter mousse and Nutella ice-cream, a cheese board and more. The wine list is extensive and features some of the best reds, whites, rosés, dessert wines and bubbles. You can also opt for beer or one of the innovative cocktails (they even have a selection of mocktails for those not drinking). Sip on the Icelandic Elderflower Fizz, a vodka-based cocktail with elderflower and lemon cordial that is topped with Prosecco.
Whether you’re looking for a date night or something special, this is your go-to. Taisteal also has a tasting menu where diners can enjoy a five or seven-course meal with optional drinks pairing. Some of the seven courses to look forward to include the crab tortellini with mango salsa and curried cauliflower and the goats cheese mousse with apple sorbet and walnut. The market menu is available for lunch and early dinners to devour a two or three-course option for under £17 per person.