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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Ted takes the high road ...

The Doll and I went to the Highlands in Scotland once.  The Doll had seen a satellite map of it and said there were only two roads, so how could we possibly get lost? I don’t really need to tell you what happened do I. However, the first rule of “Doll travel” is that you are never lost, you are simply on an “unscheduled adventure”. Scotland and adventure called again, and we went with two fellow adventurers who shall remain nameless (Gill and David) to a Scottish pop-up restaurant called Struie Road .... in London.

Struie Road is a collaboration between Andrew of the Wild Game Co in the Highlands and Workshop Coffee in Clerkenwell.  It pops up one Friday night a month, and all the food is sourced from Scotland naturally, with the game coming from Andrew’s Wild Game Co. We arrived and were shown upstairs (to the high road) where we met the Highlander himself, Andrew, decked out in his Scottish finery. Tartan skirt (oh alright .. kilt) with new sporran, and wearing his granddad's vintage vest. I was hoping to try some gorse wine, but there was none, so I had to settle for whisky instead.

We kicked off with sourdough bread with a pine and chipotle infused honey butter.  It might sound a little weird but it was absolutely delicious.  Next came a trio of dishes from the sea; north atlantic crispy prawns, cold oak smoked salmon, and dressed crab (fortunately not dressed like Andrew). Highland beef ribs and rock oysters were a standout with a green chilli and lime dressing.  We had a wee palate cleanser of Gin & Tonic granita in preparation for the wild stuff to come.

Onto the wild Roe Deer fillet, cooked to perfection, with accompanying greens of sea aster, sea plantain, and sea spaghetti.  A whizz over to the Mull of Kintyre (which was famous before Paul McCartney sang about it) for some cheddar cheese. Hokey Pokey shards to close … the Doll was moved to point out that it was really like hokey pokey fudge "ish" and Andrew said he’d report that back to his New Zealand (home of hokey pokey) girlfriend.

Take the high road if you possibly can … it’s back in London in September. 

5 comments:

Adullamite said...

All I ever got was mince, spam fritters and potato soup....

perambulatingphotographer said...

That food looks good! If there were only two roads did one of you take the high road and the other the low road, and who got there first?

Sharon Anck said...

Oh my gosh, this sounds out of this world. The oysters look heavenly and that salmon looks incredible. The meat looks perfectly cooked and the sauce looks divine. I haven't had oysters in ages. I might have to make a point of getting some when I go to California next month.

Jack said...

Ted, the Doll and you are great adventurers. And this surely was a road worth taking!

William Kendall said...

That is a lot of food!

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