It was mothers day, so I decided to take my mum to the Seafood Restaurant for her mothers day treat. I had wanted to go for a meal at this restaurant for a while and my mum loves fish so perfect excuse! The first thing that grabs you about this restaurant when you park is that it sits over the sands of St Andrews encased in a glass box. The chefs cook in an open plan kitchen in the side of the restaurant, where you can see everything being prepared. It looks impressive and I can see its busy inside.
On entering the restaurant myself and my mum were greeted warmly and offered a seat at the rear of the restaurant. We were asked if we would like to wait 5 minutes so we could be placed at a window seat with views over the sands, no problem we both replied. We were offered water and provided with the menu’s so we could decide what we would have for our lunch.
We were seated 5 minutes later, in a lovely seat over looking the sands.
For drinks, I opted to stay on sparkling water, whilst my mum had a glass of the Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand. We were presented with 3 different types of bread, sun dried tomato, wholemeal and a rosemary foccacia, with a generous slab of butter.
For starter, I was a bit limited in what I could eat due to being pregnant but I picked baby courgettes stuffed with ratatouille with a citrus dressing. This is something that I wouldn’t normally have picked but I was really impressed with this dish. It was fresh, light and the flavours danced on my tongue.
My mum picked what I probably would of had for starter which was bouillabaisse with scallop and shrimp. The bouillabaisse was deep rich rustic red colour. My mum was thoroughly impressed and enjoyed this immensely. The quantity being just right as it was rich, full of flavour dish which piqued your appetite for what was to come.
Next up was the mains, I ordered sea bass, spinach and crushed potatoes served with tapenade and a sweet and sour caponata. 2 pieces of sea bass were served perched on top of the potatoes. The sea bass was cooked perfectly and flaked off the fish skin. The caponata and tapenade complemented the fish perfectly. The only thing that I would say is that my crushed potatoes were slightly over salted but that is a very personal preference.
My mum for mains had hake with mussel & saffron velouté, with a pancetta crisp. This was served along with some lovely fresh curly kale and a slab of potato dauphinoise. I had a taste of my mums hake - it was delicious. It had a deep full flavour with beautiful bright fresh flesh. The mussel velouté complemented it well and my mum described the dish as “wonderful”.
After thoroughly enjoying our first 2 courses we debated about whether we should have dessert. I was pretty well full but having developed a bit of a sweet tooth I must admit I really wanted a pud!
I decided on the apple tarte tatin, the menu indicated that there would be a 15 minute wait for this dish which was completely fine with me. The tarte tatin is normally served with ice cream which I opted not to have, purely because I’m not a big ice cream fan. The tarte was served on a black slate with apple puree and tiny chunks of apple sprinkled around the slate. The tarte was wonderful and the sticky syrup stuck wonderfully to the roof of my mouth. I thoroughly enjoyed my pud and would definately have it again when I go back to the Seafood restaurant.
My mum had rhubarb cheesecake served with rhubarb sorbet and honeycomb. Served with 4 little servings of rhubarb sauce. My mum enjoyed this, but for her found it a little bit sweet. Having said that this again is my mums personal taste and she does have a palete which prefers slightly sour flavours.
All in all, we both had a very relaxing lunch and were completely sated when we left. I would recommend the Seafood Restaurant in St Andrews for anyone who loves good food with a friendly atmosphere.
Cost for 3 course lunch, one bottle of sparkling water, a half bottle of wine and tip £80.