A fine-dining first for Dennistoun, dishing up inventive takes on Scottish flavours in a 19th-century townhouse.
Quirky and intimate, the experience of eating at Bilson Eleven is unique, this shrine to fine dining offers old-school silver service with the informal atmosphere of a domestic setting. Exclusivity is the key – ring the doorbell of the locked door and the staff will take your coats and lead the way upstairs to a bijou reception room where you crack open the wax seal on your menu card to discover what chef Nick Rietz has in store. Tasty, simple warm cheddar crackers are the ideal accompaniment to poring over the extensive and exciting wine list. Once you have selected your indulgence level by opting for the five or eight-course tasting menu, it’s back downstairs for the main event. Minimal explanations such as ‘cod | orange | fennel | cardamom | rye’ barely describe the technical expertise on show here, with a zesty pairing of firm white fish layered over orange en papillote, and a spiced rye cracker that has the texture and notes of shortbread. Dinner here is a marathon so restraint with the bread early on will prove its own reward. To really make the night, add the wine flight.
- Private dining: Up to 8 covers
- Provides: Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Blues / soul / indie
- Capacity: 28
- Largest group: 14
- Open since: 2016
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 20
- House wine: £24 per bottle
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