Loch Fyne, a Seafood and Grill Restaurant, is one of my family’s favourite places to go to for meals out. We are all big fans of fish dishes, it’s always my Mum’s first choice when someone says what food could you not live without. Loch Fyne was brought to life by two oyster enthusiasts, Johnny and Andy, who started selling their oysters from a small shack on the west coast of Scotland. They now have 33 restaurants up and down the country, providing fresh, sustainably sourced seafood dishes, most of which is delivered fresh from the loch itself.
I recently went for dinner with my sister in the Bluewater Loch Fyne where the staff are always so welcoming and friendly. The restaurant is bright and open, and the smell completely draws you in, unless you are not a big fish fan of course. In the middle of the Bluewater restaurant is a large island, with one half being the bar and the other half a large food counter holding all the fresh fish and bread for the dishes. From memory I’m sure you can actually buy the fish on the day to take it with you for some at home cooking.
There are a number of dishes I have tried at Loch Fyne as I usually pick a different main every time we visit but when it comes to starters we always go for the same two dishes that we then share. First up was the Loch Fyne Fish Soup, a really rich tasting soup that comes with aioli, a pot of shaved gruyere and chargrilled granary bread. It’s quite a strong flavour so you might want to skip it if your palette is not made for a rich flavouring of fish. We pair this with the Grilled Scottish King Scallops, sat on a bed of spicy chorizo and garlic butter. I am not a big fan of chorizo but my sister is always more than happy to “help me out” and eat it for me.
When it comes to mains there is a number of delicious dishes including ‘From The Land’ which contains burgers, steak, an avocado super salad and risotto, so if you are not that big of a fish fan but the rest of your family are you are covered with this section. ‘From The Sea’ has a gorgeous range of fish dishes, one of my favourites being Seafood Tagliatelle; Scottish mussels and scallops, squid, king prawns and samphire in a white wine and cream sauce.
On this particular trip we decided to chose from the ‘Fish Your Way’ section where you customise your dish. First you chose your favourite fish, Line-Caught Cod Fillet, Loch Fyne Scottish Salmon Fillet, Gilt-Head Bream Fillet, Line-Caught Yellow Fin Tuna Steak or from the Seasonal Specials which will be listed on the blackboards around the restaurants or the staff can run through them with you. Next you can decide whether you want your fish pan-fried, grilled or steamed and chose a sauce from Lovage & Nut Pesto, Salsa Verde, Roasted Chilli Oil, Hollandaise, Sauce Gribiche or Lobster Butter.
Finally you can choose two sides to go with your fish, with their being Heritage Potatoes, French Fries or Twice Cooked Chips, Dauphinoise Potatoes, Samphire with Garlic Butter, Buttered Spinach, Curly Kale with Garlic Butter, Caesar salad and Baked Beetroot with Creme Fraiche & Chives. We both went for pan-fried Gilt-Head Bream Fillet with Lobster Butter, and whilst my sister had Heritage Potatoes and Samphire, I just had mash as my side because I don’t like any of the other options. The food was absolutely delicious but I’m afraid I can’t advise on desserts as I’m always far too full at this point to fit in anything else.
If you do want to try out Loch Fyne, or are already a big fan, you need to make sure you are signed up for their Friends Card, a card that allows Johnny and Andy to give back and reward you for helping them get to where they are today. With an easy online application form the card sends you monthly newsletters including all latest offers, offers you a complimentary glass of Joseph Perrier Champagne on your first visit for you and your party, of up to 6 guests. You will receive invites to exclusive wine tasting and food events, and you receive a complimentary bottle of Joseph Perrier Champagne on your birthday, and exclusive monthly offers on food and drink, and finally you get up to 10% off. What’s not to love, get yourself signed up and get yourself booked in to your local Loch Fyne sharpish.