63 Tay Street
With the work of the day accounted for, it seemed a good plan to linger in Perth and track down some dinner. 63 Tay Street is their premier place so I managed to secure an early table to dine in style before jumping on the train south.
As the name suggests, the restaurant sits on the banks of the river Tay which affords some lovely views from the window of the smart dining space. These were augmented by a stunning rainbow this evening.
During the week they offer a four course ‘surprise’ menu where you place yourself in the hands of chef Graeme Pallister and let him offer you a showcase of the finest local produce of the region. I was more than happy with that.
In addition, I let the very friendly front of house manager make drinks choices for me.
Proceedings started with lovely fresh bread and butterbean, coriander and lemon hummus. The hummus was outstanding.
My first course was smoked salmon with raspberry and hazelnut. With plentiful piquant capers this was a very stylish opener.
Next up was a smooth chicken liver parfait with celeriac coleslaw and fresh brambles. Served with crisp crackers this made for pleasing mouthfuls.
These were accompanied by a glass of Colombard Sauvignon which had strong pear notes on the nose.
The main course brought together Stornoway black pudding with quail and honey truffle mash. This was an excellent display of technical skill with the silky mash but I wasn’t completely convinced that the quail and black pudding quite worked together. It was still plenty enjoyable enough.
Dessert was a raspberry frangipane tart served with tonka bean ice cream. This was first class pastry work and deeply satisfying. Accompanying this was an excellent Chilean gewurtztraminer.
So overall, I was highly impressed with the 63 Tay Street. It was full of charm and elegance. When you’re next in Perth you should make it your business to visit. I’m confident you’ll find it very much to your liking.
Blythe scores 63 Tay Street
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20
I ate: hummus, smoked salmon, chicken liver parfait, black pudding and quail, raspberry frangipane tart with Tonka bean ice cream
I drank: white wine, red wine, dessert wine, water
I wore: www.tieclub.co.uk tie
Total bill: £41
Address: 63 Tay Street, Perth