The Benvenuto: One of scotland's culinary gems
In a country that boasts some of the best Italian restaurants outside italy, Dumfries is the proud home to a hidden gem. The Benvenuto boasts excellent seafood, freshly made pizzas baked in their own over and one of the finest wine lists in southern Scotland.
The atmosphere is relaxed and you sense you're eating in a family-run establishment.
It overlooks the hospital where I was born!
Favorite Dish: The Benvenuto offers some of the best seafood in the area. The menu depends very much on what's fresh and what's good on the day. Pizza's are traditional and excellent. The benvenuto imports excellent wines and Grappa directly from suppliers in Italy.
Hullaballoo: Burns Centre eaterie
Went here several times for long lunches and occasionaly a full blown evening meals. Always good quality served with a smile.
Good to combine with a visit to the excellent cinema down below.
Favorite Dish: Salmon is always a fave
mabie house restaurant: hearty country food
Well, after all who said that Scottish food is generally bland? It's really not so true... when we went to Mabie house we had some really delicious half traditional half creative meals
Favorite Dish: I dont' remember exactly who odered it.. it may even have been me.. the river trout was simply superb... However I do believe that the menu changes according o the mood and the season.
Hullabaloo: huge portions and variety of countries
Hullaballo was opened by a local girl a few years ago and was a real breath of fresh air for Dumfries. The menu has a variety of worl dishes for example fajitas or pasta. Its simple yet good food. The restaurant is next to the local film theatre and has a really nice atmosphere with a mixture of Ikea and Habitat furnishings.
Favorite Dish: I really liked the lamb kebabs although the portions were slightly on the massive side.
New Dragon Chinese restaurant: Best avoided
I can't recommend this place. The menu is unimaginative, the quality of food is disappointing and the standard of the service is hardly the most welcoming. Additionally this restaurant does not open on the hours that it advertises both in the restaurant window nor in the yellow pages.
The are plenty of other Chinese restaurants in Dumfries town centre. I suggest you give them a try instead. This includes 1 on Queensberry St, 1 at Burns Statue Square and 2 on Friars Vennel.
Hullabaloo: Very enjoyable
I had a main course of an enchilada and a sundae for desert with berries and pistacio nuts. Both were excellent and in the same league as the standard of food I had when I went to Casa Mia. Its aimed at the pricier end of the restaurant market in Dumfries so may not be the best choice if you are on a very tight budget. My brother and nephew both also said it was good. Service was fine also.
A restaurant in Dumfries that offers a specialist vegan menu is something I didn't expect to see.
Casa Mia: Defo among the better restaurants in Dumfries
I went here in Sep 2011 back as part of a family meal. The organiser contacted the management in advance to ask if arrangements could be made for special diets. I expected to be offered the usual dull offerings that I get presented with. I was stunned to be given an imaginative choice of options that made me feel spoiled and easily surpassed my expectations. I couldn't make up my mind which to go for, a rare problem. I ended up enjoying the three courses thoroughly and I look forward very much to returning. I made a point of extending my compliments before I left.
I am sure there will be many less expensive eateries in Dumfries (probably pretty much everywhere). This restaurants targets the more expensive end of the restaurant market in Dumfries.
If you have a special diet to be considered then this place is defo an option to think about. Even if you don't and you don't mind paying a little extra cash for higher quality food, give this place a thought. Its on a par with Hullabaloo.
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