In terms of decent eateries, Stirling is a town that’s improving fast. Among the plethora of chain pubs dishing out frozen fodder to unsuspecting tourists in the town centre, there are a few diamonds in the rough.
The Kitchen is the most recent addition and judging by the meal we ate last night it deserves your attention.
Apologies for the poor photos in this post - the light was very dim. Conducive to a romantic meal for two but not so hot for decent images.
First up we were served complimentary toasted bread rolls. A nice welcome, I thought.
First course was mixed seafood chowder. A rich, creamy broth with mussels, peppered mackerel, squid and smoked haddock. It was fantastic, if a little filling, and the portion of crusty bread was perfect for soaking up the broth.
Main course was an Orkney ribeye steak with hand cut chips, sautéed garlic flatcap mushroom and roasted cherry tomatoes. The meat was tender and carried so much flavour it almost didn’t require a sauce, but I think the dish would have benefitted from one.
Overall, a superb meal and a very welcome addition to Stirling. Oh, and their kids’ menu is fantastic too - not a hint of chicken nuggets!