It’s been pretty quiet on the restaurant review front lately, for which I apologise.
In recent weeks I’ve spent more time going back to places I’d already eaten, so there hasn’t been much to talk about.
But today I ventured further afield to try somewhere new; Lochlands Mill, just outside of Forfar.
Well it took us a while to get their thanks to my car’s shitty sat nav, which suggested I drive across a barrier on the A90, but once we finally – and quite by accident – ended up in the right place, we were met with a
Rather oddly combining as a pet rehabilitation centre and jewellery store, Lochlands Mill looks quite new and has a fresh design.
It’s not the biggest place in the world, and we were lucky to get the last available table, but once we were in it was clean and comfortable.
The waiting staff were pleasant and were happy to offer recommendations on what to get from the menu.
While Mhairi went for the Soup & Sandwich combo of Lentil & Vegetable soup and an Egg Mayo & Chive open sandwich, I took the waitress’s recommendation of their home-made burger with bbq sauce and onion rings served on a brioche bun ahead of the Roast of the Day or the Steak & Ale Pie.
She recommended well.
I like to think I’m a good judge of a burger, and sometimes I feel disappointed. There are some places that apparently specialise in their burgers – like Rascals in St. Andrews for example – that don’t actually make good burgers. What they do is try to hide the bland and substandard flavour of their ready-made meat patty with all the wild and wacky toppings available, as if they are more important.
But this burger was different. I could tell that it was freshly made just before it was served, with its rough, uneven shape, and while I’ll be honest and say I’d have preferred it a little less well done, it had a robust
flavour. The onion ring was also well cooked and not greasy, which complimented it nicely along with the Applewood smoked cheddar.
Mhairi also enjoyed her food, with the soup being declared light to eat but filling, while the sandwich was considered to have the perfect ratio of egg to mayonnaise.
High praise indeed.
Plenty of variety of soft drink, but it won’t come as a surprise to know I went for a lemonade. Shocking, eh? Mhairi veered off the well beaten path though and elected for an Irn Bru.
The Vegetarian’s Viewpoint
It should be noted that both the Beer Kitchen and the Meat House in Dundee were considered for today’s lunch but had very little for vegetarians. While I’m sure that’s exactly the most shocking revelation from a place called The Meat House, it actually had far more choice than the Beer Kitchen.
Anyway, there were both light and main options for the carrot munchers at Lochlands Mill, so there were no complaints in that department.
All in, it came to £21.10, which isn’t bad at all. In fact, Mhairi’s meal only amounted to £6.50 which really is pretty good.
A top quality burger, a clean and comfortable venue and plenty choice for vegetarians means this is one place we’ll definitely be going back to soon.
I’d probably book a table in advance though as I think we were pretty lucky to get a table.