Wednesday, 18 August 2010

The Boathouse, South Queensferry

I was well chuffed when after phoning several restaurants around South Queensferry on late Thursday night The Boathouse managed to get us in for a dinner with just 15 minutes warning.
The Boathouse is right in the heart of South Queensferry. There is a cocktail bar upstairs and bistro downstairs as well as the restaurant where we had dinner. The restaurant menu is light and mainly fresh seafood, as you can imagine, them being located right by the sea.
Most of us ordered fish or scallops. My 'Seared swordfish with sweet chili salsa' was meaty and perfectly cooked, little rare in the middle, just the way it should be. Our table of seven was quite loud and bubbly but as soon as our mains arrived everybody went silent and just enjoyed their food. I love when that happens!
My dessert 'Panna cotta with a mixed berry compote' was a bit disappointing as it was a teeny-tiny portion. All other desserts seemed to be bigger than mine and I always get serious food envy if my portion is the smallest.
Other than that, it was a really good night, a chance for two families finally to meet each other over a delicious meal. Only improvements that I can think of in this restaurant could be slightly bigger portion sizes and little more effort and imagination with food presentation: now all plates had same boiled potatoes and beans. Still, I'm sure we will return, their fish is so good.
fantastic location and views

tempting seafood menu

small, intimate venue

22 High St, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, EH30 9PP - 0131 3315429 
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