I’ve recently developed a real taste for whisky. Writing for Hot Rum Cow has definitely had a part to play in it, as have the wonderful people at the Scotch Whisky Experience, whose restaurant, Amber, recently served me with a truly excellent meal.
We were invited along to sample the Taste of Scotland menu, a collection of starters, main courses and a dessert, all of which represented the best of Scotland’s larder, and of course, the talents of Amber’s skilled chefs.
To start, we devoured game terrine, chicken liver pate and a salmon roulade. All three starters were delicious; the salmon was as fresh as could be and the pistachios in the game terrine really elevated the flavour. The portion size was also perfect, so despite having three mini starters we didn’t feel overwhelmed at the thought of what was still to come.
Our main courses were incredible. Again, we had three tastes of Scotland, which comprised perfectly cooked steak, chicken stuffed with haggis and Peterhead cod. It was really hard to pick a standout dish as they were all so good and perfectly balanced.
Dessert was a chocolate lover’s dream; a white and dark chocolate delice, served with a dram of Balvenie Doublewood to wash it down. This particular whisky was recommended down to how well it goes with sweets. I liked it so much I picked up a bottle of it on the way home.
I can’t thank Amber enough for inviting us to try the Taste of Scotland menu. Seldom do you see Scottish food served in this way – you normally have one larger dish – but by having this particular menu, I was able to get a really good feel for how excellent the food at Amber is right across the menu.
Although Amber’s staff have been expertly trained in the art of whisky, you don’t have to be a whisky aficionado to go there. Regardless of your liking for a wee dram, the food at Amber is absolutely excellent and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.1 like