Great Places to Eat in Scotland
- Bouzy Rouge (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Airdrie, Dunblane)

The Locations
Bouzy Rouge Bouzy Rouge is a small chain of restaurants which can be found at 111 West Regent Street, Glasgow (telephone 0141 221 8804), 1 Rochsolloch Road, Airdrie (telephone 01236 763853) and at Sheriffmuir Inn, Dunblane, Perthshire (telephone 01786 823285).

The name Bouzy Rouge comes from a small French town Bouzy, famous for champagne and a red wine made from the Pinot Noir grape.

The Food
They describe their contemporary international cuisine as "Casual Gourmet" dining and from the menu you can select from either the Gourmet or Casual selection and mix and match accordingly, depending on your appetite and taste. With such a diverse choice, we began by ordering a bottle of smooth Italian Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, as we studied the menu closely. There is a good deal to read through with detailed descriptions of each dish.

My partner began with a spicy tomato soup (£2.95) while I had a light, melt in the mouth Asparagus and goat`s cheese salad (£4.50). To follow a delicious and tender fillet of seabass on a bed of couscous & grilled peppers (£11.95) for me, and an intriguing and very tasty Polenta, pesto and Mozzarella tower, for him (£7.95). It is interesting to note that Bouzy Rouge has been given the prestigious Taste of Scotland accreditation and awarded an AA rosette for their cuisine.

A rest before even attempting to squeeze in pudding was essential, so we sipped the wine, enjoying our Sunday night out at a 'sunny' Mediterranean retreat. The service is very attentive and friendly with an informal, relaxing ambience; the only quibble regarding atmosphere was the selection of music being played - two hours of repetitive Simon & Garfunkel is not conducive to easy digestion!

Something a little sweet to clean the palate is called for and the selection of deserts is irresistible. A smooth as silk raspberry creme brulée and a delicately flavoured coconut ice-cream (£4.50) was a perfect end to a most enjoyable and very inventive meal, which tingled the taste buds from beginning to end.

The Bill
Starters: £2.95 - £4.50. Main courses: £8 - £12. Sweet/desserts: £4.50. There are special 2 and 3 course lunch and early dinner menus available at £8.95 and £11.95 respectively.

Vivien Devlin

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