Fisherman’s Tavern, Broughty Ferry

This weekend we had Mini-me and Teeny-him staying so we decided to head to Broughty Ferry knowing Teeny-him would love the beach and park. Therefore, after Mini-me and I had worked up an appetite shopping and OH and Teeny-him were tired out after the park we went to the Fisherman’s Tavern for something to eat.

Teeny-him

We chose The Fisherman’s Tavern as it’s a Bellhaven pub and would be a bit more child friendly than some of the other pubs in the area. As expected it had one of those large set menu’s with pictures of food and offers all the normal kind of pub grub – burgers, pasta, steak pie etc. OH immediately plumped for Gammon Steak with Eggs – a 10oz gammon steak served with 2 friend eggs, chips and garden peas. Mini-me and I both decided to have the normal size Fish & Chips – Chunky beer-battered haddock fillet, served with chips, garden peas and tartare sauce (I had mushy peas) .

There was a chilren’s menu which offered a pic’n’mix selection of burger, fish fingers, sausages, chicken nuggets or fillet and then add a side and a veg. Teeny-him wanted cheese burger, chips and garlic bread but was told he wasn’t allowed that as it had to be a veg and they couldn’t swap items so his mum ordered him the cucumber and carrot sticks (which she ate herself) . We were also told we had to pay extra for the cheese, which we said was fine.

When Teeny-him’s meal arrived there was no cheese on it so we all had our meals and he didn’t, which devastated the tired 3 year old. Cue 4 minutes of hysterical tears as the waiter dashed off to find some cheese and we all tried to pass the toddler chips to appease him without success.

Our meals were all good. OH got runny eggs, which was great although he did mention his gammon steak was a little salty. Mini-me and I both enjoyed our fish and chips and were glad we didn’t go large as our fish was already big enough. The tartare sauce was a bit boring so it probably came out of a jar. The batter was spot on and the fish was fresh. I loved that I got proper mushy peas and none of those crushed peas people keep trying to fob off on me.

Like a typical toddler, Teeny-him ate the majority of his burger, most of his garlic bread and all the chips we put on to his plate so from that I am saying he really enjoyed his food.


My only complaint was the strict children’s menu. Kids are picky, it’s hard enough getting them to eat in the first place never mind putting up barriers by telling them they can’t have something. Surely it’s not that difficult to offer garlic bread and chips? And don’t get me started on the 50p for cheese that didn’t turn up at the start…

3 main meals, 1 kids meal, 1 non-alcohol lager, 1 large glass of white, 1 diet coke and a slice of cheese (50p) = £43. 14

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The Anchor, Broughty Ferry

2014-11-23 15.50.28OH (other half) and I found ourselves in Broughty Ferry again recently and (since we didn’t have a booking at Sol y Sombra) decided to give The Anchor on Gray Street a try.

When we went in it was really busy, there were a few empty tables but they all had reserved signs on them. However, the bar man spotted us looking and immediately called over to ask if we were looking for a table for food. When we nodded he went to check the book and then showed us to a table which had a reserve sign on it but not until 5 and we were in before 3pm. He then brought over menus and asked for our drink order.

The menu was pretty extensive and very reasonably priced. Although I have to admit I’m not a fan of lengthy menus preferring it when the chef just concentrates on a handful of dishes.

The soup was Tomato and Herb but today wasn’t a starter day. After a dog walk along the beach OH decided on a hearty Chicken Hotpot – chicken, sausage, seasonal veg & potatoes in a rich red wine gravy served with crusty bread.  I plumped for the Seafood pasta  – King Prawns, haddock and mussels served on a bed of linguine smothered in a special white wine cream sauce.

From my seat I had a number of great views. On one tv I could see Crystal Palace beating Liverpool (3-1) and on the other, Lewis Hamilton wining the Grand Prix world championship in Abu Dhabi. I could also see into the kitchen and keep an eye on the till as there was a monitor which showed up the waiter’s name, table number and order. It made me smile when I noticed one of the waitresses had called herself Banana.  OH had a view of me and the back door.

So from my reckoning it was Daniel who was the friendly barman that returned to take our order.

OH then disappeared to the toilet. When he came back he reported, “Well the toilets are clean anyway.” OH rarely describes toilets to me so the fact he made the remark makes them very remarkable indeed!

We did wait a while for our meals but as I said it was busy and when the dishes arrived they certainly looked worth the wait.

OH’s hotpot had a large fillet of chicken surrounded by carrots, mushrooms, onions, peas, turnip and bits of sausage and bacon. There was 2014-11-23 15.10.52 also crispy, deep fried strips of parsnip on the top.  When he had nearly finished he was using his bread to mop up all the gravy and he asked if anyone was looking. I immediately said, “No you’re not licking your plate!” He was joking but it highlighted just how much he enjoyed it.

My pasta was also very tasty. It had large meaty king prawns as well as smaller 2014-11-23 15.11.08ones in the cream sauce. There was a large lump of haddock which flaked as I cut into it and the mussels tasted fresh and there was no trace of grit in them. The garlic and herb bread was a good accompaniment and like OH I used it to make sure I didn’t leave too much sauce behind. To be honest, the only problem with the dish was that I didn’t have a large glass of Pinot Grigo with it as it was my turn to drive.

The Anchor Bar is a busy bar full of locals. There’s no menu outside and you could easily pass by thinking there will be something better round the corner but you will be making a mistake if you do.

Today wasn’t a dessert day either so 2 mains, a pint and a coke was £22.60.

The Anchor, 48 Gray Street, Broughty Ferry. 01382 737899

Sol y Sombra, Broughty Ferry

Every time Lusa has been over from the States I have tried to take her to The Tapas Bar in Broughty Ferry but it has either been the wrong night to go, fully booked or unfortunately for us but not so for the owner and the chef, it was closed due to them being on honeymoon. So it was with a sigh of relief we eventually managed to book a table for Saturday lunch time.

When we arrived I realised they had been busy since my last visit as it had changed its name to Sol y Sombra; the downstairs, which used to be an auld man’s pub, now looked like it was a flamenco bar overlooking the Mediterranean and the stairs leading up to the restaurant had lost their dingy carpet and were now colourfully tiled.

We were seated by a smiley Spanish waiter who took our drinks order and returned with some olives and half a coconut shell containing an assortment of nuts. He then asked if we had been before. Lusa admitted she hadn’t and he immediately welcomed her warmly and explained that there was no menu just set dishes but he needed to know if she had any allergies, dietary requirements or anything she didn’t like. Now I know I have been describing Lusa as fussy but her list of things she didn’t like was remarkably short – no mussels, crab or nuts. With a concerned face ‘Manuel’ quickly checked out that Lusa wasn’t allergic to the nuts in front of her. Lusa assured him she wasn’t and he quickly left. However, it wasn’t long before him and his smile returned with a small dish of crisps just for her. He also told us of a special offer they had on that day. For an extra £4 we could have a plate of  the best ham in the world that had been cured for 4 years and tasted amazing. Well, of course, we just had to try the best ham in the world.  Come on, we’d have been mad not to!

The next time Manuel appeared he had some bread and butter, extra virgin olive oil, teeny bread sticks, red peppers stuffed with cream cheese, the best ham in the world, chorizo, strawberries with balsamic vinegar, homemade aioli, and manchego cheese with prosciutto and grapes (I may have missed out a dish here). He then taught us how to eat the best ham in the world. First of all we had to cleanse our palate by eating one of the teeny bread sticks. We then had to allow the meat to sit in our mouth almost allowing it to melt so that we could get the full taste of it and then we were to chew and get the second taste, which was the flavour of the fat (Manuel maintained it was a healthy fat – is there such a thing?) I have to admit it was full of flavour and I’m glad we tried it but I’m not entirely convinced it was the best in the world but maybe I need to do more research before I contradict Manuel.

The cold tapas selection was great and Lusa and I both loved the stuffed peppers and aioli the best.

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I forgot to take a pic of the cold tapas – sorry

We were still making our way through the dishes when Manual added even more plates to the table. Large shelled prawns, which were sitting in garlic oil that was still sizzling, skewers with chicken, chorizo, peppers, mushroom, Spanish black pudding and onions, hake (which had a longer description but I can’t remember it), paella, potatoes with aioli, goats cheese wrapped in courgette, and asparagus with prosciutto. Everything was delicious and Lusa ate it all – I can no longer call her fussy!! (she’s still high maintenance though ;p) Our favourites this time were the prawns and potatoes.

By the end of it all we were as stuffed as the peppers and although we asked what there was for dessert (just in case there was custard) we passed on the homemade cheesecake or sorbets that were on offer and settled for coffee, which incidentally was lovely.

I really can’t praise Sol y Sombra highly enough. I’ve often been to Spain and have tried various tapas but none of them have impressed in the way that Sol y Sombra has. By not giving you a menu it makes you try things that you probably wouldn’t normally order and as you have already told them what you don’t like you can relax in the knowledge that you’re not going to hate anything they bring you.

You really must visit for yourself but make sure you phone in advance as it’s often fully booked up.

2 cokes, 2 x set meal + the best ham in the world, 2 coffees = £41.90.

(Sol y Sombra don’t have a website but click this link for their Tripadvisor page and if you’re looking fr their phone number it is 01382 776 941)