The Best Scottish Restaurants Of 2021, According To The Scotsman Reviews

Salt cafe’s egg and asparagus

One other 12 months, one other 52 restaurants.

Though 2021 began slowly, with takeaways, the eating out started in earnest simply earlier than summer season, as restrictions eased.

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We made up for misplaced time and shortly racked up a number of of our best ever meals out, see beneath. Additionally price a point out are Edinburgh’s Superico, and Creel Caught (particularly the Arbroath Smokie and chips) on the new Bonnie & Wild meals corridor at St James Quarter, plus Dean Banks at The Pompadour and Salt cafe.


Heron’s tomato dish

We had been extraordinarily hyped in regards to the launch of this restaurant, owned by Lloyd Morse and James Snowdon, and it didn’t disappoint. Not solely is the meals glorious, however so are their cocktails and baked items, made in home, and together with sourdough loaves and Danish pastries.

What they’re serving now: Barely a day goes by with out us salivating over no matter is being posted to this restaurant’s Instagram account @the_palmerston. Latest menu additions embrace porchetta and gradual cooked fennel or Tamworth and pigeon terrine, cavatelli and hare ragu.

Ballintaggart’s Gigha Halibut dish


A go to to this place, owned by first time restaurateur, Tam Thi Tran, was our first submit lockdown sit-in meal, so it’s significantly memorable. We cherished the lantern duck curry, tamarind tofu and grilled prawn mousse on sugarcane, all eaten in a gorgeous house hung with yellow lanterns.

What they’re serving now: The menu is fortunately the identical however they’ve prolonged their opening hours over Christmas and will likely be serving from December 1-31, aside from Christmas and Boxing Day.

Lanterns at Sen

We had been reasonably waylaid when it got here to visiting this place, which opened in 2018, although we’re so glad to have made the journey. It was beautiful to sit outdoors on the terrace, although we think about it’s equally nice indoors, of their restaurant or bar, The Tully, within the colder months. Highlights had been salted and pepper squid and negroni-cured Gigha halibut, in addition to all of the ready-mixed cocktails and granola that we took away from their tempting little store.


What they’re serving now: Their sister enterprise, Ballintaggart Farm, has revived its Feast Nights, with the following on December 9 2021. They’re additionally internet hosting a Burns Supper with Dewar’s Aberfeldy on January 21 2022. Tickets £55pp for both occasion.

Tomas Gormley and Sam Yorke of Heron

Again in August, we visited a brand new restaurant, Heron, which is owned by twenty-something cooking wunderkinds, Tomas Gormley and Sam Yorke, who’ve expertise at Restaurant Andrew Fairlie and different prime venues. It has a chief spot within the former premises of The Raj, and overlooks the Shore. Their menu of stunning and vibrant dishes completely gained us over. We nonetheless keep in mind each chunk.

What they’re serving now: They’ve simply launched a brand new snacks menu, which you’ll have for lunch, dinner or on the bar alongside a glass of Champagne. It contains hand-picked Belhaven crab claw, cucumber and fermented radish or Cumbrae oyster, ponzu, cucumber and wasabi. There’s additionally a brand new crispy ox tongue crumpet on the principle meals record.

We’re nonetheless excited about the smoked tomatoes we ate at this new vegetarian/vegan restaurant, which doubles as a pure wine store. Then there have been the mushy flatbreads and chunky baba ganoush. We didn’t miss meat one iota.

What they’re serving now: They’ve simply launched a brunch service on weekends from 10am. We’re additionally hoping to see a return of the pears and fried bread with Lanark Blue cheese custard.

Tons of small plates and cocktails are served at this place’s excessive tables. We scoffed the attractive trying miso-cured salmon, Atlantic sole with samphire and brown shrimp, and washed all of it down with a minty bellini smash. We additionally stayed for a dessert of chocolate and brown butter ganache, since Fisher & Donaldson had been bought out of fudge doughnuts.

What they’re serving now: We’re intrigued by their tackle scampi, with kataifa pastry, preserved lemon, endive and bloody Mary ketchup, in addition to the ox cheek with truffle, celeriac, wild rice, chestnut mushroom and pickled shallots.

We paid this tiny restaurant a go to again in July and had been blown away by their tacos, margaritas, quesadillas and sopes. Their manifesto is “tacos as they need to be – owned by Mexican, cooked by Mexicans”. Again then, you can sit outdoors, although it may be a bit chilly now, so get an inside desk booked tout suite.

What they’re serving now: The menu is similar, so you may strive the fish baja or cochinita pibil tacos with pork shoulder, orange and achiote. The excellent antidote to beige winter meals.

One of probably the most memorable moments of 2021 was consuming hand-dived scallops from The Moral Shellfish Firm within the automotive, after we’d visited this fab fish and chip store. There was additionally a white pudding supper and seafood platter, all eaten whereas the seagulls stared by means of the windscreen. Roll on one other go to in 2022.

What they’re serving now: They’re nonetheless open from 12-8pm for all of your chippy wants.

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