A fine-dining first for Dennistoun, dishing up inventive takes on Scottish flavours in a 19th-century townhouse.
A high-profile and damning national review pulled the proverbial tartan-cladded pants down of Bilson Eleven shortly after opening, citing an overuse of technique and overt pomposity in presentation — both on the plate and in front-of-house manner. Rather than retreating into a cocoon of culinary self-doubt, the team at Bilson wisely remained steadfast in their aim of showcasing Scottish food with a refined and innovative touch. A tasting menu comprises six distinct courses with two additions to bring balance to a thoroughly impressive meal. The first, ‘snacks’, is a lobster bisque of remarkable intensity dotted with bloody mary gel, the second, a ‘wee bridge’, acts as a conduit between main and dessert. Combinations are, more often than not, mesmerising when it comes to primary courses – cured trout works remarkably well with a sharp verdita sauce, while beef ‘young and old’, is all about a silky smooth artichoke purée that marries two cuts, veal fillet and glazed beef short rib, in perfect harmony. Bilson Eleven isn’t one for a quick midweek dinner – enjoy the pre-dinner drink in the upstairs lounge and the assured, charming hospitality of a restaurant that is comfortable in its own culinary identity.
- Private dining: Up to 10 covers
- Provides: Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Blues / soul / indie
- Capacity: 20
- Largest group: 10
- Open since: 2016
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £24 per bottle
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