Dean Park Hotel’s Grill Room, Kirkcaldy
Tucked away on the northern edge of Kirkcaldy is a little hidden gem of an eating place which is often overlooked by members of the public when deciding where to eat out.
But the Grill Room at Dean Park Hotel is well worth a visit, whether for an informal lunch or a more special evening meal.
The menus are all designed by head chef Morten Rengtved, a previous contestant on BBC’s ‘Masterchef: The Professionals’, who has come up with a mouth-watering selection of dishes.
We had the option of either the lunch menu, which is served from noon until 6 p.m. or from the evening menu which starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 9.30 p.m.
It being a special occasion, we opted for the slightly fancier evening menu and, after a fairly lengthy struggle to decide what to have, I opted for the crispy brie with red wine cooked beetroots, croutons and onion chutney, while my friend went for the cajun crumbed chicken drumsticks with celeriac coleslaw and home made chilli sauce.
The brie was deliciously creamy inside its crispy coating, and the red wine cooked beets added a delicious sweet flavour to complement the cheese, while the onion chutney gave an extra depth of flavour to the dish.
The cajun crumb on the chicken drumsticks was lovely and spicy, without overpowering the delicate chicken, and the warmth of the chilli dipping sauce brought it all together beautifully. The celeriac coleslaw was fresh and crunchy.
For our main course, I opted for the five-spice slow cooked duck breast on noodles with vegetables and hoisin sauce, and my friend had the pork loin on a bed of Braendende Kaerlighed, a Danish dish featuring mashed potato with crispy pork crackling, onion and chives and melted butter, with baked celeriac and shallots and a red wine jus.
My duck was perfectly cooked, pink and tender and the five-spices coating was subtle and tasty without dominating, with soft noodles and crunchy veg. Likewise the pork dish was described as “outstanding” with great flavour. The presentation of both dishes was stunning, making them a treat for the eye as well as the taste buds.
Evening menu, from a selection including:
Black pudding lasagne
Slow-cooked beef shin with haggis bonbons
Smoked salmon and prawn marie rose
Sauteed king prawns with coriander, chilli and garlic butter
Pan-roasted pork loin
Slow-cooked 5-spice duck breast
Smoked haddock fishcakes
Wild mushroom and spinach risotto
Selection of steaks
Warm sticky toffee pudding
Dark chocolate brownie sundae
Home-made vanilla cheesecake
Deconstructed lemon meringue tart