We enjoy visiting Inverness and try to visit a different restaurant each time. There have been quite a few recent additions but decided to try out The Fig and Thistle on Stephens Brae, a short walk from our hotel on a rather cold and wet evening. From the outside, the restaurant looks quite small so we didn’t hold out much hope of a table but thought we would try anyway. Happily, they were able to fit us in as the restaurant is a bit Tardis-like with tables upstairs too
Décor is smart with wooden tables, muted colours and lots of mirrors that all make the dining area feel spacious but also quite intimate. The waitress (who also turned out to be the co-owner) was charming and brought us some food and drinks menus. The style of cooking is a combination of Mediterranean/Scottish – the owners used to run a restaurant in Portugal and have brought some of this influence back home to Inverness.
The Portuguese influence extends to the wine list too and we decided on the Porta 6 red (£18.95) that turned out to be a hit – it was quite full bodied and very drinkable. After nibbling on some bread, our starters arrived looking very inviting.
I had the goats cheese on a fig and onion tartlet with spiced pear and a balsamic dressing (£5.95) and Donnie opted for the steamed Shetland mussels, roasted garlic, white wine, cream and parsley (£5.95). The delicious goats cheese combination had lots of flavour with the sweet onions and figs cutting through the sharp tangy cheese. Donnie also enjoyed his generous portion of mussels – perfect comfort food to linger over on such a wild night.
Our mains also turned out to be really tasty with my succulent pan fried hake (£17.50) given a splash of Mediterranean flavour with the addition of crispy pancetta, sautéed potatoes, peppers and a drizzle of pesto.
Donnie had the less exciting but perfectly enjoyable chicken pasta with leeks and mushrooms (£14.95) – the addition of green beans and pea shoots did pep the dish up a bit.
The dessert menu offered a few tempting treats and we decided to share the profiteroles filled with ice cream and chocolate sauce. They were a very nice end to our enjoyable meal at The Fig and Thistle and we are looking forward to returning on our next visit to the Highlands.
Where to find them: 4-6 Stephen’s Brae, Stephen’s Street, Inverness, IV2 3JN
Telephone: 01463 712 422
Facebook: The Fig and Thistle