For a special gourmet dining experience without the eye-watering bill at the end, give one of these alternative tasting menus a try.
The Gannet, Glasgow
A romantic and welcoming restaurant space that feels distinctly European in the heart of Glasgow’s West End, The Gannet has perfected the art of relaxed fine dining.
Their six course tasting menu of modern Scottish cuisine changes with the seasons, meaning there’s something new to look forward to on every visit.
Visit: 1155 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8TB - thegannetgla.com
The Table, Edinburgh
One of Edinburgh’s most understated gourmet restaurants, you really have to be looking to spot The Table - an unusual establishment with just 10 seats and one service per night.
You’ll have to book months in advance to bag a seat here, but the creative tasting menu (with strictly no substitutions) is well worth it.
Visit: 3A Dundas Street, EH3 6QG - thetableedinburgh.com
The Newport Restaurant, Fife
Run by Masterchef: The Professionals winner, Jamie Scott, The Newport in Newport-on-Tay serves a six course tasting menu with vegetarian and pescetarian options.
Because of the amount of fresh and local produce used, dishes can change by the season and even daily.
Visit: 1 High Street, Newport-on-Tay, DD6 8AB - thenewportrestaurant.co.uk
Glenapp Castle, Ayrshire
The six course dining menu at Glenapp Castle changes every night, but is always delicious and exciting.
All of the fish and shellfish used are line-caught or hand-dived off Scotland's west coast, and the game comes from local estates across Ayrshire. The restaurant’s beef, lamb, and pork are farmed only 17 miles from Glenapp Castle.
Visit: Ballantrae, Girvan, KA26 0NZ - glenappcastle.com
Six by Nico, Glasgow and Edinburgh
New kids on the block, Six by Nico originated in Glasgow, but opened their Edinburgh restaurant in March this year.
They only offer a set six-dish tasting menu, and its theme changes every six weeks. The restaurants are currently serving Willy Wonka-inspired plates, but have cooked up all manner of innovative menus in the past, including a Disney theme and a New York City theme.
Visit: 1132 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8TD / 97 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DJ - sixbynico.co.uk
The Tayberry, Dundee
This Broughty Ferry eatery offers the choice of either a five or eight course tasting menu, depending on your appetite.
The kitchen uses a combination of modern and classic techniques to showcase the best of Scotland’s natural larder, sourcing only the finest ingredients from an array of hand selected, quality suppliers.
Visit: Brook Street, Broughty Ferry, DD5 2EA - tayberryrestaurant.co.uk
The Three Chimneys, Skye
Though it lost its Michelin star status a few years ago, The Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye is still a fabulous place to eat out, and their tasting menu is of the highest quality.
Dictated by the season, the ‘Skye, Land and Sea’ menu highlights the best of what Scotland has to offer.
Visit: Colbost, Dunvegan, Colbost, Isle of Skye, IV55 8ZT - threechimneys.co.uk
The Airds Hotel, Oban
Located close to Oban on Scotland’s west coast, The Airds Hotel offers a seasonal tasting menu that makes the most of the area’s tasty fresh seafood, as well as Scottish meats and other produce.
Visit: Port Appin, Appin, PA38 4DF - airds-hotel.com
63 Tay Street, Perth
Experience chef Graeme Pallister’s passion for seasonal ingredients served in a relaxed flow of dishes with 63 Tay Street’s tasting menu.
Each dish on the five course menu is a surprise, but everyone at the table will be delighted with their meal.
Visit: 63 Tay Street, Perth, PH2 8NN - 63taystreet.com