I stay here every few months. One night or two (varies). And eat here. They remember at Reception and in the lovely cocktail bar but never in the Restaurant. Don't get me wrong. Inverness benefits from good local ingredients and this place mostly gets them right. But there is a "can't be assed, high season is on the way" feel about the offer. My starter was lovely. You need to work hard muffing fresh Scottish scallops. These were just right tho why the accompanying black pudding was cut as if they were truffles Gawd (and our chef) only knows. A tiny pot of mash accompanied my two noisettes of very lovely loin of venison. The red cabbage was competent. Add some juniper berries and it might have flown. No other veg. £25. In Inverness. On a Thursday night in Inverness. I jokingly remarked the chef might want to know the customer was a Scottish guy not a model. Stoney silence. So, lovely venison but I am not a pig yet after scallops and venison I am still hungry . So, with 7 other diners in the room, I ask if there is any chance the rather nice sounding tarte tatin for 2 might be more modest for one? My lovely, attentive waitress goes to ask. Yup, you guessed. Why ever would you want to placate the hungry guest that pointed out two noisettes at £25 plus extra for veg likely was 2 noisettes short? So, yeah, I just ordered coffee and no dessert. No one bothered. At the end of a good meal I felt disgruntled not cherished. Abstract needs to get more concrete and look after its clients. Riva and Rocpool are a 5 mins walk.
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