Its not just the hair in my food. My food was just nasty. I have had good and wonderful Thai food, including in Thailand. This place sucks and I cannot believe they have been open more than 10 years. My starter was some deep fried skewers that were ok. My sizzling main meal - complete with hair from one of the staff members who donated it - was horrible. I ended up at the grocery store getting snacks before I went back to my hotel. Inside the toilet - fitting somehow - is a sign that says this:
"To make evry food in the world taste good is not hard but to make everyone like it is impossible" - Panida Macdonald, Thai Café.
Sorry - it is harder than you think.
Stornaway and the Isle of Lewis don't have many restaurants, but they have some excellent restaurants. Make sure you stay out of here and find them.
My beer. that was ok. Of course I brought my OWN beer in! (byob - 50P)
Named after the first three letters of the local post code, and one of the two dining venues of the Royal Hotel. It's a great place to have dinner or just sit about and relax with a drink or several. The staff are always friendly and helpful. The clientelle is a mixed bag of locals (old and young) and visitors, the latter generally those who stay in the Royal Hotel. It's all very casual as is the norm in this part of the world, but they're very lucky to have a great chef who has always impressed me.
They have a wide selection of food, from local produce to Indian and Thai dishes. The desserts are particularly good. A good wine list accompanies with old and new world wines on offer. There's a specials board at the bar, which is always a good choice.
I eat here probably 5 nights out of 7 in a week when I'm here, and you can generally get an evening meal up to about 21:15 in the evening.
Favorite Dish: I've had so many, different every time, which is a bonus, as the menu is always changing.
However, the local Leurbost Mussels are particularly good, as well as the pasta dishes.
HS-1 is a fairly trendy bar and restaurant on the main road into Stornaway town centre. It's part of the Royal Hotel and looks like a recent addition to town. I ended up eating here both days on Lewis because on the Sunday this was the only place that we knew would be open. Beware that the majority of restaurants on Harris and Lewis are closed on Sundays - HS-1 in fact does a great Sunday lunch, not cheap at 9.99 but plenty on that plate to keep you going til evening.
The service in here was really good on both occasions - polite and welcoming, generally a nice atmosphere although in some ways the bar is quite generic and could be pretty much anywhere. I just felt sorry for the girl who'd been up all night on reception in the hotel and was still serving when we came in for dinner the next day! And she still managed to be polite and chatty.
The bar is open until late on Saturdays and seems popular with locals as well as tourists. Lunch is served 12 - 4pm, dinner 5 - 9pm
Favorite Dish: Lunch on Saturday consisted of steak sandwich in a baguette - lovely succulent strips of beef in a gravy sauce with generous helpings of gherkin and mustard for £7.99. If you decide to get a portion of chips to go with your meal, you'll really only need one lot between too people because the main dishes here are sizeable.
Sunday roast was a bit pricey, but when there's no choice you've just got to go with the flow. We enjoyed a chicken breast stuffed with spinach and mushroom and a Angus roast beef with plenty of veggies. The soups here were excellent both days. Maybe worth booking ahead on Sundays to be safe as it got quite busy.
Best thing here though was the HS Special - a latte coffee with whipped cream and marshmallows! Yum!
A really fab restaurant featuring local produce whether you're on your tod or with a group of friends or business colleagues.
It's quite a spacious diner in the centre of the pedestrianised area of Stornoway town centre
Favorite Dish: Any local dish, best rounded off with a glass of Black Elysium Muscat dessert wine
A fabulous local restaurant and part of a guesthouse.
A fine selection of wine accompanies the meals. The food offerred is a mouth watering mix of local game, meat and seafood.
They do an Early bird menu from 5.00pm to 6:30pm, and the A La Carte from 6:30pm. Both current menus can be found on their website.
They tend to fill up so please ensure you book in advance, but's its worth the call. It's not somewhere you'd eat every night, but worth a visit once a week or so.
Favorite Dish: On my last visit I enjoyed a Loin of Venison on a stack of tangy red cabbage, and washed it down with a fab bottle of Lebanese Chateau Musar Red 2006.
The hot smoked salmon starter was the best thing I have tasted in YEARS!!! A main of fish and chips was great too. My partner's steak pie was fab, all bubbling thick gravy and perfectly golden pastry. Staff are friendly, well decorated bar/dining room. Two starters, two mains and four soft dinks and we only paid £30!!! Recommend this place to everyone!!!
I've eaten here a couple of times and have been incredibly disappointed each time. It's got a nice atmosphere and is good for a coffee but eat here at your peril!! Fish scales in the fish cakes and an utterly inedible beef stroganoff (lots of gristle but no meat) mean I certainly won't be eating here again. Apparently there are 2 chefs - one's great and the other is terrible but my own experience means I won't be chancing it again!! Try the Thai or the tapas on Francis Street instead.
Favorite Dish: Coffee 'cos they can't go much wrong with it.
Very large portions, and around £9 for a main course. It's a good clean atmosphere suitable for children early in the evening.
You really must buy food at the local supermarket in Stornoway and have a picnic anywhere you like on the isle - the best restaurant and the very best views
Favorite Dish: local cheese and fresh bread.