Artistas Restaurant – Kirkcudbright
Its pronounced Kir-cood-bree as I learnt at the tourist information office. We took a detour on the way back from Edinburgh, a long detour as it happens and booked in at the Selkirk Arms hotel which boasted a fine dining restaurant called Artistas. Presumably it got this name as Kirkcudbright is known as the artists town.
We were served amiably by the owner of the hotel and though we were seated next to a huge family party the kids were well behaved and everything was fine.
We started with a glass of prosecco while we looked at the menu.
I wanted to eat as locally as possible so started with the local smoked salmon which was beautifully rich without being too oily. My friend had the local scallops which although sans roe were perfectly perky due to being judiciously cooked.
For mains, I had the Local Loin of Rose Veal topped with a rich tomato & olive compote and gremolata, drizzled with balsamic reduction and my friend had Pan Fried Medallions of Galloway Beef Fillet served on wilted spinach leaf with gratin dauphinoise and a wild mushroom jus.
Wonderful, just wonderful. The meat was perfectly cooked and the plate was put together extremely well with seasonal vegetables and flavourful reductions.
For desert we had the sticky banana pudding and the chocolate gingerbread pudding. They were both top notch, thank god we just had to roll upstairs to the room.
The owners are right to feel proud, this is excellent seasonal cooking in an unlikely location. Pity the breakfast the next day gave me indigestion for 2 days but hey-ho. Forgetting that it has to score highly.