Pig’Halle, Perth

Today OH and I headed to Perth. We’ve visited Pig’Halle  a few times before and have never been disappointed so when we were thinking of somewhere for lunch today it didn’t take us too long to decide on the French restaurant on South Street. It was busy when we arrived but they still managed to seat us without a reservation.

We were given menus which had both the a la carte and the set lunch menu inside. Unusually, the choices on the set menu also included that day’s specials, which the lovely French version of Will from The Inbetweeners described beautifully to us.

Breaking from the norm, OH and I both ordered the same starter. Personally, I blame him for rushing me into my decision. He had already jumped the gun when French Will poured our water and ordered his boring non-alcoholic beer before I had even had a chance to look at the wine menu. Panic set in and I requested a glass of house red (large obviously – I wasn’t that panicked). Then, as soon as French Will returned with our drinks, he said he was ready to order. That’s when I realised we were both ordering the Pressed Hock Ham Terrine, soused vegetables and toasted sourdough bread to begin with. I then ordered the Herb Crusted Baked Coley fillet with a seafood risotto and shellfish bisque and OH plumped for the Seared skirt steak, shallots confit, baked jumbo mushrooms, boulangeres potatoes, sauce aux 3 poivres.2015-01-24 13.16.09

Unfortunately the plate with the bread, caramalised onions and aioli arrived at the same times as our starters as I’m sure if it had arrived with the water OH wouldn’t have rushed the ordering because he was so hungry.

2015-01-24 13.16.04 Anyway, the terrine was good. Nothing overly special but it was done well and had a good texture and firm consistency. I ended up spreading the aioli on the sourdough bread, which was fantastic.

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OH’s skirt of steak only came medium rare, which was perfect for him as basically he likes his beef chased through a hot kitchen. He cleared his plate and the only issue he had with the dish was that it was bit too creamy for him. My fish dish came with eyes, tentacles, suckers and shells so not for everyone but I always try to order things I’d never make at home and this plate full of seafood certainly ticked that box, and what a plateful it was! I couldn’t finish it.The crust was the best bit, full of flavour and crunch. The clam was a bit disappointing and too chewy for me but the rest was lovely. I did have to ask for a bowl to put the shells in and I could have done with a finger bowl or wet wipe after peeling the king prawn but nonetheless it was a tasty bowl full of seafood loveliness.

Neither of us had room for a dessert so we passed when the waiter cleared our plates. However, since Oh was having a coffee I had another (small) glass of wine. Disappointingly there was no little bit of sweetness with OH’s coffee that I could steal so I ordered the bill.

2 set 2 course lunches, 1 large, 1 small glass of house red, 1 non-alcoholic beer and a coffee came to £39.30

(apologies for the pics in this blog – I think I need to give my phone lens a clean)

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