We recently stopped off at Kilmarnock on our way up to Oban from Suffolk. Without wishing to be unkind, Kilmarnock doesn't have much to offer when it comes to restaurants. Looking further afield, Adesso in Irvine looked like a good bet, especially given the good reviews on here and elsewhere.
Now, living in Suffolk, we are used to small towns which have had their day. Ones which are perhaps a little run down, a tad scruffy and not a lot going for them. On the surface, Irvine seems just such a town. Because of this, it was all the more surprising to discover such a great little eaterie.
We had a meal in the early evening (kids in tow), so we were the first through the door. At first glance, the food seemed a bit on the pricey side (see comment at end). We didn't have starters but they all sounded fine. When our meals arrived, the quality was immediately apparent. I had Fettuccine Salmoni and my wife Pollo Milanese. The pasta was fresh and tender. The sauce was delicious and my wifes' chicken was top notch. Portion size was well judged. It's easy to over-serve pasta which leaves you full, but the meal imbalanced (and less room for pudding!). No such problem here - it was bang on. Kids were happy with theirs too. When we arrived, the waitress informed us that they have a separate kids menu if we needed. However, they are old enough (and greedy enough!) to have adult portions. Service was pleasantly informal but attentive nonetheless. So, the quality is excellent as is the food and service. Considering the location, perhaps unfairly, I would expect the mains to be a quid or two less. That said though, it would be nitpicking to fault the value, as the food was fresh and hard to fault. A gem of a place - well worth a visit.
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