Loft bar offering the best of Scottish fare in beautiful surroundings where the ocean somehow meets the kitchen.
Upstairs bars are a rare thing in this town – which seems to have a weariness of anywhere you need to climb to. In the case of Bar Gandolfi, it is propped up by the famous Cafe downstairs, and for this, we should be grateful – for it is quite special. Light pours in from the skylights and artisan wooden tables line the sides, a formidable spectrum of malt whiskies takes pride of place behind the chrome top bar. Couples and small groups having a relaxed and classy evening. That’s the chat here. Should one eat, the menu is an even split between ‘Gandolfi Classics’ and a seasonal menu. For the former, that means things like Stornoway black pudding on pancakes, or a mighty Finnan smoked haddie on crushed potatoes, gradually bound together as the smooth richness of Hollandaise and a runny poached egg work their magic. The seasonal menu uses all that Scotland and its waters has to offer, so expect venison and guinea fowl, cod and halibut. Braised beef cheeks are slow-cooked to remarkable tenderness that contrasts with the vibrancy of crisp Brussel sprouts and baby turnips, seared and served whole. This is restaurant-level food, in a gorgeous space that is more than worth climbing a few stairs for.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: The music is relaxed and cool
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: 2002
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 27
- House wine: £20 per bottle