Loch Fyne

February 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm | Posted in Restaurants | 1 Comment
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Seafood restaurant Loch Fyne has a special place in my heart – to me, it’ll always be the place where I celebrated getting my first job after university. Fast forward far-too-many-years, and a trip to Loch Fyne on Glossop Road still feels like a bit of a treat. Maybe because it’s slightly away from the other city center restaurants, so you never really pop in on a whim; maybe it’s the light, breezy decor and sense of space inside; or maybe it’s the massive, glinting crushed-ice-and-seafood display that dazzles you when you first walk into the place.

If you’re a seafood fanatic, then Loch Fyne’s menu is like a roll call of all your favourites: crab, prawns, lobster, oysters, and mussels, not to mention a wide selection of fish (tuna, cod, and bream, to name a few). There’s also a smattering of meat dishes, so anyone who winds up in Loch Fyne because they got their arm twisted by their seafood-loving friends is well catered for.

To kick off this fishy feast, I ordered a starter of crevettes, served on ice with an intriguing-sounding Bloody Mary sauce (£6.75). This turned out to be my dream starter; a big bowl of crushed ice and massive crevettes, not to mention the Bloody Mary sauce itself, which arrived ice-cold, served in a shot glass and garnished with a stick of celery.

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The starter tasted every bit as good as it looked. The crevettes had that seaside-fresh taste, but the sauce truly was the star of the show. The Bloody Mary sauce had all the creaminess of Marie Rose sauce, combined with a fierce chilli kick and a nice hint of vodka. After dispatching of the crevettes, I shamelessly used the celery to scoop out every last morsel of sauce. Loch Fyne, if you ever bottle that stuff, I’ll be the first in line!

At the other end of the table, it was all about the Smoked Salmon Ashet (£8.45), a very gourmet-sounding combination of smoked salmon, Gravadlax, and Kinglas fillet, served with creme fraiche and dill, which also got a big thumbs up.

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With the bar already set pretty high, I was glad that I’d ordered something equally special for my main meal: Lobster Spaghetti (£16.95); a belly-busting bowl of spaghetti in tomato sauce, with generous chunks of lobster.

The menu stated that the spaghetti came in a tomato herb, brandy and cream sauce, but all the other ingredients were completely overwhelmed by the taste of lobster. Personally, I love lobster, so this was no great hardship, but it would have been nice to get the occasional hint of the other ingredients. This definitely isn’t a dish for anyone who wants to dabble with lobster for the first time; it’s a very strong, very fishy dish – but personally, I loved every forkfull.

My dining companion opted for the Seafood Tagliatelle (£14.95), a bowl of scallops, clams, squid and samphire, pan-fried with garlic and shallots, in a white wine and cream sauce. Again, Loch Fyne weren’t stingy when it came to portion size, and the generous heap of tagliatelle was mixed up with plenty of nicely-cooked seafood. A bit more of a balanced dish than my lobster spaghetti; you could taste the sauce and the pasta, and not just the seafood.

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There was just enough time to squeeze in a round of Rhubarb and Custard Cheesecake (£5.25 each). This innocent-looking sliver of cheesecake was deceptively heavy, making for a very creamy and indulgent end to our meal.

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With a bottle of white wine thrown in (another £14.25), the bill came to just shy of £55 for two people. True, Loch Fyne is more expensive than your run-of-the-mill meal for two, but it’s not extortionately priced for a seafood restaurant.

Loch Fyne is a treat for seafood lovers; an upmarket feeling restaurant with a classy vibe that’s just enough off the beaten track to feel a bit special. Find an excuse to celebrate, and treat yourself to a Loch Fyne fish feast!

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  1. […] hung up on the previous week’s Loch Fyne treat, I couldn’t resist the lure of the fish dishes, and opted for the Linguini Marinara (9.95), which […]


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