On Mother’s Day, I decided to treat my mom to lunch at Cameron House. A few weeks beforehand, I was researching various restaurants around Glasgow and what Mother’s Day Menu they had. In the end, I narrowed it down to two places; Cameron House (a 20 minute drive away) or Mar Hall (which is practically 2 minutes away from my house). After looking at both menus against each other, Cameron House stood out the most to me and the fact they gave each mother a free gift (which we later discovered was a bunch of colourful tulips). Always a good thing!
We walked into the Cameron Grill at 2pm and lunch service was in full flow. Tables were packed full of families and the waiting staff were bustling around ensuring everyone was happy. We ordered some drinks and then made they rather easy choice of what we wanted from the menu. The rather good menu.
To start with, I opted for the Creamed Cauliflower and Mull Cheddar Velouté with a Parmesan Grissini. This was a rather unexpected choice for me as cauliflower is on my food hell list, however, I have to hold my hands up and say that the velouté converted me. The combination of the creamed cauliflower with mull cheddar with delectable. It was creamy and rather flavourful. The added Parmesan Grissini was a welcome addition which I subsequently dipped into the velouté. If I had to pick a fault with my starter, it would be the fact that it was served near boiling point. This meant that it was far too hot to eat for approximately 5-10 minutes and I had to keep stirring and blowing on it to make it palatable. By the time I was able to eat the velouté, my mom had already finished her starter.
My mom chose the Grill Seafood Taster to begin with after seeing that it contained smoked salmon and shrimps. Two of her favourite things. It was a rather simple dish with a shrimp cocktail served on a bed of cos lettuce, a slice of oak smoked salmon with capers and a hot crab bon bon (more like a fish cake). My mom was pleasantly surprised at the size of her shrimps as in the majority of restaurants in Glasgow, small shrimps are served which “look like maggots” as she says. The smoked salmon was rather small in size but made up for itself with the deep smooth flavour and texture. Crab is one thing my mom normally stays away from as she doesn’t like the brown crab meat, however, she enjoyed the flavours of the crab and potato within the bon bon. Great first course.
For our main course, we both decided to have the Roast Rib of Donald Russell Beef and Yorkshire Pudding with Goose Fat Potatoes, Market Vegetables and a Red Wine Sauce. I could honestly sit and talk about this dish all day long. When we ordered, we were informed that the beef is either cooked pink or well done. Pink was definitely the right choice as it was by far the best piece of meat I have ever tasted. The beef was cooked to perfection. It was soft, succulent, our knives glided through the meat while cutting and mouthwatering upon first taste. The goose fat potatoes were crispy on the outside and fluffy inside along with the extremely large Yorkshire puddings. Delicious. I could have honestly ate this dish all over again. I just wish there was more meat on our plates because it was just THAT good, but to be fair, it was rather filling.
Lastly, I didn’t even have to take a second look at the menu to decide what I was going to have for dessert. As soon as I saw pistachio ice cream, it was fate. We had ordered the Milk Chocolate Tart with Pistachio Ice Cream and Raspberries. This dessert didn’t let me down. The tart was beautifully smooth and creamy, while being surprisingly light. This was down to the good quality milk chocolate that was used. If a dark chocolate had been chosen instead, it would have been far too rich and heavy. The pastry was cooked perfectly and was lightly sweetened. The tart was complimented with not only a wonderfully smooth flavoursome pistachio ice cream (one of the best I’ve ate around Glasgow!) but with a clotted cream-esq quenelle on top of the milk chocolate tart. Different textures of raspberries were also presented on the plate for decoration but also as an extra sweetened kick. It worked wonderfully. While writing about the dessert, it is making me want it so much more. By far one of the best desserts I’ve had in Glasgow and it’s surrounding areas.
For £27.50 per person for three courses of this calibre, it is value for money and then some. I would have paid even more. The quality and care put into each dish was evident and I would quite happily devour this meal all over again. Maybe this time with a slightly cooler velouté.
Cameron Grill is deserving of a visit if you’ve never been before. The hotel is situated on the banks of Loch Lomond, one of my favourite areas which is full of childhood memories for me. A truly wonderful place.
Tel: 01389 722 582
Web: Cameron House Restaurants
- Food - 10/1010/10
- Service - 10/1010/10
- Value - 10/1010/10