The Ghille Dhu is always somewhere I have wanted to try but on a student budget I thought it would be out of my league, however I was totally wrong. For a place so beautiful on the inside and out, and also in the city centre, I thought it would be a lot more expensive but I was pleasantly surprised. We were greeted by a lovely and smiley waitress, who took us to our table. It was a little booth, that felt very private and romantic with the candlelight. However, the best part about our booth was a little hatch in the wall through to the bar, complete with a bell with the words 'empty?', which is where our drinks were delivered through. The atmosphere was also made lively by free live music in the main bar, which can be enjoyed Wednesday - Saturday from 7pm and 10pm, and Sunday - Tuesday from 10pm.
After deliberating for a whole time over the menu, they have two menus at dinner time including the main bar dinner menu which has a great selection and a market menu. The market menu, has the choice of two courses or three courses. Two courses cost £12.95 and 3 courses costs £15.95. I decided on the goats cheese salad for a starter, which was a Warm Salad of Inverloch Goat's Cheese, Apricots and Walnuts with Toasted Selkirk Bannock which was £5.25. I thought this was a very reasonable price for the size of the starter, and for the amount of cheese. Inverloch goats cheese is a harder goats cheese, which I had never had before. It was unusual but I enjoyed it, and I would definitely have it again. My boyfriend has the haggis, neeps, and tatties starter which came inside a 'Bridie' or pastry, with a side of brown sauce. He very much enjoyed it, and he said the brown sauce was very nice.
For my main I chose to have the Corn Fed Grampian Stuffed with Herbed Crowdie, which comes with Potato Pave and Braised Cabbage which was £12.50. For the price, I think that the size of the chicken was great, and the sides were delicious. The potato pave was so nice that my boyfriend kept on stealing it. The cabbage was sweet, but not too sweet. My boyfriend had the Moules Frite, steamed rope grown mussels, in a white wine garlic and cream sauce and also fries.
All in all, I really enjoyed my night in the Ghille Dhu and I would love to return soon. Thank you to the Ghille Dhu for kindly inviting me along to try their menu. I thought the service was wonderful, and I loved the atmosphere. I loved the boothes, and all the little details like the 'empty?' bell and the decor. I would recommend it for a romantic meal out with someone special, however they did have larger boothes for up to 10 people which would be great for drinks after work, or a night out.
OVERALL SCORE 9/10
Food and Drink 9/10
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