- October 22, 2015
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Fishers Bistro, Leith
I took a trip to Fishers with work colleagues back in December for a rather long lunch to fend off the boredom in the office during the non event that is the period between Christmas and New Year. Fishers has been a fixture down the shore for as long as I can remember and have had a few meals over the years and it’s always top notch.
This time I opted for the Loch Tarbert queenie scallops to start, followed by the smoked haddock, Stornaway black pudding, gingerbread, sour cranberry, red onion marmalade for main followed by the Scottish farmhouse cheese plate with oatcakes and chutney. My colleagues opted for the venison and sea bass for mains which they were also very impressed with. We shared a bottle of the red house wine which was really nice and very reasonably priced.
The average price of a starter is around £7 with mains averaging around £15. I have to say I thought this was excellent value for the quality of food and you could easily pay double that elsewhere and not get that standard of food.
Every dish is extremely well presented and up there with anything else I’ve seen in terms of presentation. More importantly the quality was fantastic and the contrasting tastes of the haddock, black pudding and gingerbread went so well together. As you can see from the image above there was a rather generous portion of seven scallops, and the main and cheese plate were also substantial. It’s rare to have such well presented top quality food matched with portion sizes that can satisfy my large appetite.
The cheese plate consisted of a delicious creamy brie (my fav) a tasty but not overpowering blue cheese (the name escapes me) and a mature cheddar, three good sized oatcakes and a pot of onion chutney. Which I washed down with a glass of port as it would be rude not to really. They have a nice selection of ports and a few dessert wines on the menu to choose from which I shall be sure to try out on my next visit.
As well as the fantastic food and relaxing atmosphere the staff are also very pleasant and make sure you have everything you need whilst still allowing you peace and quiet to enjoy your meal. Something that other restaurants can struggle with.
Overall an excellent experience, exceptional food, nice relaxing atmosphere and attentive staff. I’m planning on a return trip for an evening meal with the other half in February so we will be sure to report back on that also.
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