My wife and I, along with son and partner, enjoyed a dinner here on our last night (a Friday) in Dunedin. As others have said, the atmosphere - especially on a cold winter night - was warm and cosy, much like my experiences in similar restaurants across Scotland over the years. We were seated at a bay window table, which provided a 'wrapped around' feeling that enhanced the warm air and muted, though not dull, lighting. Both the maitre-d' and our wait person were friendly and inviting, and engaged us as we expect in a fine dining restaurant such as Scotia. The food has a distinct Scottish theme with - indeed - haggis on the menu. This was served in a non-traditional way, with plating of our entrées involving small cylinder of haggis (sans skin) placed between similar sized servings of 'neeps' and 'tatties'. It was not ceremonially brought in to the accompaniment of bagpipes as has been my experience on many occasions in Scotland - not a practical proposition in the restaurant anyway! Our mains were: aged scotch fillet of beef, house smoked scotch fillet of beef on mushroom ragout, confit of pork belly served with crushed black pudding, and confit of wild Central Otago hare. All of these were simply presented, but displayed a very flavoursome, earthy character. The restaurant was not quite full from what we could see, but we did not experience any issues with service, noise, or indeed anything that detracted from the ability of our small group of four from enjoying a cosy evening out at this restaurant. Recommended. (Good single malt selection too.)
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