We have tried to visit Boat Brae on several occasions since it opened but it’s always been fully booked. Today we were in luck and managed to secure a table with a fantastic view over the Tay (to be fair all the tables up the stairs have a fantastic view of the Tay). The white horses were aplenty today and the vista just added to the beautiful decor of the restaurant. Where we were sat I could see into the kitchen and OH could see the rail bridge.
We were given menus and told the specials – Butternut and Rosemary soup, Arbroath smokie pate with citrus creme fraiche and oatcakes and Sirloin of scotch beef was the roast of the day. I scoured the menu and decided I was having the pate to start and the Seafood Bourride – Chunky monkfish, squid, mussels, surf clams, tomatoes, potato, fennel, garlic aioli, sourdough for my main. When OH said he fancied the same starter we decided to share and he settled on the Peterhead Fillet of Sea Bass – Sweet potato, chilli, lime, sun-blushed tomato, green beans for his main. There were other offerings such as Pork Belly, Bone Marrow Beefburger and steaks for the meat eaters and for the vegans there was a pearl barley risotto and beetroot, fig and vegan feta filo tart. The full menu is >>> here
The starter was wonderful. The pate was deliciously smokey and for once there was just the perfect ratio of oatcakes to pate even if there were an odd amount and OH won at rock, paper, scissors. I know this is totally not a foodie thing to say but the little circles of pickled onion tasted exactly like pickled onion Monster Munch and were amazing.
My main came in half of one of the large kettles they usually serve mussels in and was swimming with large chunks of monk fish, squid and mussels as well as tomatoes, potatoes and fennel. The fennel was hardly noticeable and the squid was little white puff balls that weren’t in the least bit rubbery. I loved the broth and could have happily sat and ate it all but as the portion was huge, I knew I would regret it so picked out all the little clams and leftover fishy bits I could find from the leftover tomato and potato soup.
I was surprised that OH ordered fish but it just goes to show you I don’t know him as well as I thought. When OH’s bowl arrived (yes I know he hates a bowl but he didn’t moan this time) there were two large fillets of sea bass on top of green beans, sweet potatoes and zingy sun-blushed tomatoes. OH enjoyed it and said it was filling and the skin was crisp. I know the tomatoes surprised him a couple of times because his lips pursed.
When we were asked if we wanted a dessert (obviously) I asked for another glass of white and OH went for (and I am trying to remember because I didn’t take note at the time) a panna cotta on top of a rum infused pineapple with coconut, raspberry sorbet and frozen grapes (sorry it might have been the panna cotta that had the rum but I had wine!). I had a little taste and it just reminded me why I don’t order desserts but OH loved it and said it was a great palate cleanser.
OH also ordered an Americano, which came with a little bit of shortbread. I leaned over and whispered, “I’m totally not complaining but I think this is going to be our most expensive lunch for a long time.” He laughed and said, “I don’t care. It was bloody delicious.”
One starter, two mains, one dessert, two large white wines, 1 non-alcoholic beer, 1 americano = £67.00