Though celebrating Burns night is not something that all of us do, I’m in favour of anything that brightens up a miserable Monday in January! So when I was invited down to Le Monde in Brindley place to attend their Burns night evening, I was looking forward to something a little different and trying all things Scottish! The evening consisted of a three course meal, whisky tasting, a traditional piper, and a reading of Robert Burns’s ‘Address to a Haggis’ – read on to find out how we got on!
On the evening the stylish restaurant was decked out in Scottish flags and played traditional Scottish music throughout the night, including the odd number from a live piper which was a nice touch! We were invited to try a selection of whiskies and taught how to fully appreciate each one, which, even though I hadn’t considered myself a whiskey fan, encouraged me to go all out and try one of their Burns night whisky based cocktails. I went for the Scotch Julep, which included whisky, mint and sugar syrup. This was an incredibly refreshing cocktail, and the sweetness meant it wasn’t too harsh on the palette for whisky beginners like myself.
To start Jack had the smoked salmon with capers. This was a simple but effective starter; Le Monde specialises in fresh fish, and the salmon was particularly nice – served with fresh lemon to bring out the flavour. I went for the portobello mushroom and brie topped with breadcrumbs. Again, this was a simple starter but a delicious one all the same!
As pescatarians, for our mains we both had to have the same option as there was only one fish dish and no vegetarian choice (not a problem as it was a book-in-advance event, however still a bit of a shame). We both had the kedgeree which went down really well; the haddock tasted incredibly fresh and the ingredients blended together beautifully. It was also a really nice change as we both love kedgeree but you rarely find it on the menu in restaurants.
For dessert Jack went for the sticky toffee pudding. This was an absolutely delicious version of the classic pudding, and I have to say I was quite jealous of his choice as the sauce was divine! My dessert of cranachen, though it tasted more like a breakfast, was still a winning combination of raspberries, oats, cream and honey. This was creamy enough to save it from being stodgy, and it was definitely nice to try something traditionally Scottish that I had never heard of before!
Overall we had a great evening at Le Monde’s Burns night event, which we felt had pulled out all the stops for a fun and traditional way to celebrate the day. Though the food was simple (this is Scottish cuisine we’re talking about) what we had was done really well. I will certainly be looking out for future themed evenings put on by Le Monde, as they certainly know how to pull it off! Thanks to everyone at Le Monde for having us!
*I was invited down for the evening complimentary, however I was not required to write about my experience. For regular diners this evening was a reasonable £25.00 per head.