As if that alone wasn't exciting enough, amongst the smart and contemporary decor, the restaurant has an open kitchen where you can see the man himself carefully preparing your food, and yes, I sat as close to him as possible.
"Classic brassiere cooking with a contemporary twist" the menu has a strong Scottish influence with an abundance of beef, seafood and an exciting vegetarian selection, which is always nice to see. With the daily set menu priced at £14.95 for three courses and £11.95 for two, it is definitely one of the best places for lunch in town.
With the a-la-carte menu you're looking at about £25-30 for a three course meal, which is still excellent for the quality of food you're getting
From the starters I chose pea mousse with crab, pea shoots and caper dressing.
A fresh crab salad speckled with bright green peas and peashoots and a lovely little ball of pea mousse nestled in the middle under the hot crisp potato croquette. Pretty as a picture, a great balance of textures and colors, just a shame it was over-salted, especially as when you reached the mousse, you were reaching for water at the same time.
My friend ordered the serrano ham with montbelliard sausage and spring vegetables. Tucked underneath the blankets of serrano ham were hamhock croquettes which were truly the stars of the dish. Soft, slow-cooked pork coated with crunchy deep-fried goodness is just delightful, especially when eaten together with the vegetables and bits of the ham.
Bitter dark chocolate with salted caramel and banana. I mean, look at this. This is taking your childhood snacks and giving it a makeover on Kensington high street. The chocolate was intense and rich, and it came in the forms of dark truffles, dense mousse and bits of crunchy and salty crumbs here and there. The bananas were there to tame and calm the chocolate, with fresh chunks caramelized, a surprisingly fresh and light banana ice cream, and the best part of it all - banana crisps (which I think should just be the new hipster snack). Everything rested happily on a smooth caramel that's not overpowering in terms of sweetness or richness. It was delicious, especially later on when the banana ice cream melts and it blends and mingles with the caramel and the remaining chocolate mousse and it's all just worthy of being licked straight off the plate.
The place was just buzzing on a Tuesday night. We got there at 18:00 and it remained full as we left at 21:00, and it's not just because it's still a relatively new restaurant. There are plenty of restaurants in St Andrews but I can name few that are actually good and this place at the end of the day, along with the friendly staff (and I'm a sucker for good service) and the elegant decor, the food is pretty damn exceptional. The chef's really clever about contrasts - sweet and savory, mellow and sharp, soft and crunchy and just the array of colors that really do showcase the local and seasonal produce like the menu advertises.
127 South Street, St Andrews, KY16 9UH
Mon-Thu: 12:00-15:00 & 17:00-21:00
Good for: dates, drinks and casual lunches.