Last weekend for a change of scenery we decided to go to Dundee for the weekend. Which meant we just had to go to The Newport across the water in Newport-on-Tay. The restaurant of Jamie Scott, the winner of Masterchef 2014.
In Dundee we stayed at Malmaison, not as expensive as you would think and super central. Complete with a few wee quirky touches of the local area. Plus a bustling bar with a great selection of cocktails.
The view from The Newport was impressive, looking back over to Dundee. Especially while we were there, with a little light left in the sky.
The ambience of the restaurant was very relaxed, with floor to ceiling glass to take advantage of those views. Plus loved the crockery!
We decided on the 5 course tasting menu with possible (probable) addition of the cheese board. The 8 course would be pushing it a bit. We also went for the wine pairing with each course.
To begin was a lovely glass of prosseco to go with the selection of snacks. Out of the five a couple of highlights for me were the beetroot, crowdie & rye. Delicious, super comforting and autumnal. Also the duck, allium & thyme, which came in a little glass bubble bowl and had a great miso tasting broth.
After was the autumnal salad, a mix of autumnal vegetables cooked in a range of ways, roasted, deep fried, pickled. Delicious. Especially the little pieces of truffle.
The next course was by far my favourite. Scrabster landed Hake, so soft, buttery and falling apart. With a great sauce, prawns and mussels. Need to try cooking my fish like that. Brilliant alongside the dry white wine.
Also had some of the tastiest bread I have ever had, black treacle bread, could have eaten a loaf! With a lovely creamy butter.
Now time for a full bodied red wine, my favourite. And perfect with the Perthshire roe deer, salsify, pistachios and rowan. Cooked perfectly, soft and tender with a jus bursting with flavour, a deep and rich gravy and seasonal roasted root vegetables. Heaven!
The cheese board was also brilliant, with a selection of Scottish cheeses and the fruit loaf toast and homemade oatcakes along side were divine. Served with a glass of port, and pieces of honeycomb.
Lastly to the most beautiful dessert I have ever seen, white chocolate, liquorice, popcorn and plum. A layered pannacotta liquorice ice cream (not a fan of liquorice but this was yum), dried shards of liquorice and pieces of softly cooked plum. Served with a sweet dessert wine which complemented the not overly sweet pudding.