Chicken can be a hard thing to get right, especially when you’ve stuffed it full of something else – something greedy types like myself can’t seem to get enough of.
Whether you’re catering to discerning diners like my wife, or just hungry idiots like myself; Babas seem to know their stuff.
The black pudding filling crumbled out like a sack of spilled treasure.”
Arriving with my wife for a relaxing meal (“we deserve it, it’s been a long week”), we weren’t left to sit for long. The staff were warm, friendly, and welcoming.
First things first, you’ve got a wet your whistle, so a bottle of pinot grigio should set us off on the right note.
As a noted hater of anything that originates below the water level, I was pleased to see that the starter menu wasn’t too fish-heavy. My wife took the opportunity to enjoy mussels in a bloody Mary sauce with crusty bread. The sauce, though unconventional, was definitely a winner, she assures me.
Meanwhile I opted for the haggis and chorizo fritter with a poached egg and smoked whisky hollandaise. Beautifully cooked.
Points alone for the poached egg skills, but the fritter wasn’t shy of flavour either; lovely!
By now we’re on to mains. We both chose the same option, which brings me to the meat I was bleating on about earlier; Chicken breast stuffed with Stornoway black pudding, served with a creamy Glayva sauce, panko croquettes and seasonal veg.
The chicken had emerged from the oven still moist and succulent – no easy feat – while the black pudding filling crumbled out onto the plate like a sack of spilled treasure.
At this point, I’ve overdone it and am full. My wife heroically powers on. She manages a cheeky wee bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream, which she says finished off her meal perfectly.
As we left, fully fed to satisfaction, I lamented my failure to properly investigate the dessert options. Even that couldn’t put a dent in our enjoyment of a beautiful meal.
Soup of the day £4.95
Beetroot cured salmon gravadlax £7.95
Haggis & chorizo fritter £6.25
Aromatic honey and sesame glazed ribs £5.75
Chicory, feta, pomegranate & cous cous salad £5.50
Bloody Mary mussels £6.95
Lamb cutlets on spicy lentils and potatoes £14.50
Chicken breast with Stornoway black pudding £13.95
Chunky vegetable goulash with sautéed potatoes £10.95
Slow cooked Ox cheeks with fondant potato £14.25
Pork medallions in a cider, mustard and apple sauce £13.75
Cheese board served with oatcakes and seasonal chutney £6.95
After Eight cheesecake £6.75
Cappuccino pavlova served with espresso syrup and Belgian chocolate shavings £5.50
Cranachan parfait £5.75
Boozy chocolate brownie trifle £5.95
Warm caramelised pineapple tart £5.25