After a lovely drive home from the Four Seasons Hotel, it was time to go and look at the two shortlisted cars – a Ford EcoSport and a Nissan Qashqai – in the end there wasn’t much of a choice and we settled on the Nissan. What better way to celebrate our purchase than a steak dinner and a glass of red?
Well luck would have it that we were booked into Restoration Cafe’s Steak Night! Featuring prime cuts of their Buccleuch Beef, we were in for a treat. Restoration Cafe looks so pretty at night, so despite it being a bit out of the way it is worth the effort.
We probably didn’t need starters before a big steak meal, however this was a celebration so I ordered the Orkney Scallops with Crispy Bacon and Butternut Squash – it was the perfect choice if I do say so myself, seasonal, tasty, and not too heavy before that slab of beef.
Having pulled rank to secure the scallops for myself, Alex had the Restoration Yard Style Haggis, Neeps, and Tatties with a Whisky and Grain Mustard Dressing. He certainly didn’t feel after eating it that he’d settle for second best.
We decided to try two different cuts of beef, I had the fillet served medium and Alex had the sirloin served rare. Both steaks were juicy and full of flavour. The hand cut chips were chunky and fluffy and the mushrooms were a nice addition. The side of onion rings are highly recommended. The peppercorn and whisky sauces were a bit unusual, not the usual creamy variety but more of a gravy base with an odd slightly soapy flavour – by a process of elimination and biting into one of the peppercorns we realised it was actually those – very strange. Of the two, the whisky one was my favourite, but we were divided on that as Alex preferred the peppercorn.
Alex’s dessert of Summer Pudding seemed a little out of season but tasted good nonetheless. The pistachio ice cream was the highlight though and I found myself leaning over for second and third mouthfuls.
I’m all about orange at the moment so I had the Orange & White Chocolate Panna Cotta with Strawberries. It was deliciously smooth and not too rich. The biscuits offered something firm and edible with which to scoop the remnants of the glass with.
Restoration Cafe has such a romantic welcoming vibe in the evening, and knowing that you’re eating beef from the estate only adds to the charm. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this for a lovely, and really rather special evening out.