No 1 The Bank Bistro
This review is taken from the 2012 edition.
The range and quality of dining options at Perth’s Parklands Hotel are a welcome rebuff to the notion that hotel restaurants are generally best avoided. The 15-room hotel boasts a lovely location overlooking the South Inch with views of Kinnoull Hill, while its proximity to the railway station makes it handy for visitors arriving by train to the UK’s newest city. The hotel’s head chef is Graeme Pallister, award-winning patron of the nearby 63 Tay Street. Menus at the Parklands reflect Pallister’s mantra of ‘local, honest, simple’ with ingredients sourced from local suppliers such as veteran seafood specialist George Campbell and Sons. Hotel bistro, No 1 The Bank, is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week in a bright, conservatory-style dining room with a wide-ranging menu that showcases Pallister’s command of classic British dishes enlivened with flavoursome condiments and dressings. These might include a main course of guinea fowl chasseur with smoked Morteau sausage and gremolata or steamed whole sea bream with soy, ginger and spring onions. Fine dining is also on offer at 63@Parklands (open Thursday–Monday 6–9pm), with a three-course menu for £35 while a new menu of light bites and bar meals can be perused on the pleasant terrace area at the front of the hotel. With all this plus an impressive wine list and even a small beer garden, the Parklands appear to have most of the foodie (and drinkie) bases covered.
- High point: Excellent range of options in pleasant surroundings
- Low point: Dragging yourself away from the terrace on a warm day
Attention to detail is a key feature of No 1 The Bank Bistro, a carefully maintained and stylish restaurant within The Parklands Hotel. Of particular note are thoughtfully selected and prepared chutneys, savoury sauces, gnocchi and ice-creams which accompany the various courses. Unusual flavour and texture combinations are in evidence in a delicious oxtail, blackened onion and fresh horseradish risotto providing a piquant and glossy lunch-time starter. Scottish produce from local and reputed sources dominates the carefully composed menu with crispy Peterhead hake accompanied by a lightly curried nut-brown butter and crispy cauliflower and herb gnocchi being a succulent example. Individually prepared deserts such as plum and almond clafoutis with lavender ice cream and fresh brambles or brioche and butter pudding with salted caramel and stem ginger ice cream leave a favourable impression. No 1 offers a lunchtime and early evening gourmet destination without a hint of the common compromises of hotel dining rooms and indeed 63@Parklands, its sister restaurant in the hotel, sets out to offer similar standards of cuisine with its elegant five course tasting menu.
Overlooking Perth's South Inch Park, No 1 The Bank offers a varied menu with an emphasis on using local fresh produce in the dishes. As one of two dining experiences under one roof, this bistro is the more informal of the two, with no fuss, just good food and friendly efficient service. The food, prepared by Graeme Pallister and his team, consists of high quality dishes prepared in rustic but elegant style. Pre-dinner drinks can be taken in the bar whilst you are making your selection and you can take it easy on the terrace in the summer. Private dining is also available for a minimum of 10 diners. Casual and contemporary, this inviting conservatory-based restaurant is a laid-back area to meet and relax with friends or colleagues.
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- Private dining: Up to 20 covers
- No. overnight rooms: 15
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Pop standards
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2003
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £15.95 per bottle