What a treat to find a restaurant somewhere unexpected, and a good one at that.
Blonde, the restaurant on St Leonard’s Street, isn’t exactly located in buzzing gastro surrounds – but my goodness, with food this good it’s a lucky thing there are no competitors nearby.
The Stornoway black pudding with fresh raspberries, spiced beetroot and sultana relish (£5.25) was a great start to our meal, the combination of spiced beetroot and sultana relish with the black pudding giving the dish an unusual edge.
There’s a sizable range of mains for an independent restaurant, which can sometimes be at the sacrifice of quality. Thankfully my piri-piri chicken breast (£13.75) was of the succulently-seasoned rather than the hastily-created variety. It came on a bed of warm sweet potato and chorizo salad, accompanied by a sprinkling of goats’ cheese and asparagus with a lovely bite. My friend chose the grilled fillet of sea bass, with a smoked haddock and saffron risotto (£13.95). The risotto was well cooked, with the balsamic caramel and fresh rocket cutting through the creaminess nicely. All in all, an excellent set of mains.
We’d originally planned to share a dessert, but an inability to decide on just one meant our stomachs overruled our heads. Gluttons, we ordered a steamed blueberry pudding (£4.95) and a white wine poached pear (also £4.95).
We left very, very full, thanks to Blonde’s generous portion sizes. As we took a much-needed walk home, my dining partner was already making plans to visit again. A great little find, well recommended.