Kirkcaldy is not spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat. You can find many buffet eateries, Chinese, Indian, Italian or chain restaurants, but not many can live up to Edinburgh’s high-end restaurant standards.
Yet, located opposite the Kirkcaldy harbour, a short walk from the main town centre, is a restaurant where a combination of white walls and blue borders fit very well into the seafront town landscape. Behind this unassuming and modest front, hides what can best be described as a hidden gem. Welcome to The Waterfront Restaurant in Kirkcaldy.
The Waterfront Restaurant has been run for 19 years by husband and wife team Tom (chef and proprietor) and Sandra (Front of House) and serves Scottish cuisine with a modern twist.
Tom has always had a great passion for food and he is very well-known in Fife, not only as a chef, but also as a person who likes to get involved in local events and has a cooking demo at the Kirkcaldy Food Festival.
Apart from being a chef, Tom has worked as a lecturer at Fife College for many years and has been mentoring many young upcoming chefs in Scotland, with some going on to work in the best restaurants in the world.
Tom, the inspiration behind the restaurant, is a raconteur, and often takes time to chat to his diners, so they feel more like friends rather than just customers. He is also happy to share some of his culinary secrets and innovative methods of cooking too!
The restaurant used to be a pub and has been transformed into a relaxed and welcoming space. Simple, classy and unpretentious décor really suits the atmosphere and food served there.
I’ve heard many good things about The Waterfront and based on their glowing reviews, we decided to eat our Saturday lunch there.
When we walked in, we were warmly welcomed by Sandra who showed us our table. Not long after, Tom (chef and owner) showed up and joined the conversation. You can sit and chat with Tom for hours, and he’s got always some interesting stories to tell.
It was nice to see a well-balanced menu featuring freshly caught fish and Scottish game. A wide range of dishes include steak, seafood, chicken, duck and pasta, all at very reasonable prices that will not leave anyone disappointed (2 course lunch for £10), vegetarian options are also available.
For starters, we opted for Goat’s Cheese Croquettes, served with a Beetroot Salad and Mushroom Croustade, filled with Forest Mushrooms in a White Wine & Cream Sauce, topped with Grilled Hollandaise. The aromatic smells drifting from the kitchen were teasing us, however, we did not have to wait long for our food to arrive.
I loved the goat’s cheese croquettes, such a simple dish, but simple food is always the best. Beautifully presented on the plate, with colourful beetroot salad, the dish was very tasty and filling.
The mushroom croustade was full of flavour, the creamy herb-flavoured mixture was seasoned to perfection, every bite brought out all of the rich, deep earthy flavour of the mushrooms.
Onto main courses….
Tom uses only locally sourced produce and over the years has developed close relationships with meat and fish suppliers, that’s why we decided to go for Pan Fried Venison served pink with a Stag’s Breath Liquor Sauce and ‘Catch of the Day’ which was Monkfish.
I prefer venison to any other red meat, because it has more protein and it’s very rich in iron. It’s also full of B vitamins and contains less fat. These are only a few advantages of eating venison, there are many more.
The Venison served at The Waterfront comes from Dunkeld, so I knew the quality of the meat would be top-notch.
My venison was cooked to perfection and it had a rich and deeply intense gamey flavour. The liquor sauce was rich but did not overpower the flavour of the meat.
The monkfish was beautifully presented with seared scallops and prawns. Monkfish is a really meaty fish and not a long time ago was referred to as the poor man’s lobster.
The dish was absolutely delicious. I loved the fine texture and sweet light flavour of the fish, and the scallops were a very nice addition. These seared scallops were cooked in a special flavouring created by Tom, which gave them delicate yet distinct flavour.
The portions were quite generous and I was starting to feel full, but I could not leave without tasting the desserts.
We went for Vanilla Cheesecake with Vanilla Ice Cream, and Italian Meringue served with Vanilla Ice Cream and liqueur.
Vanilla cheesecake is an absolute classic and served with ice cream, it’s a winning combination. The cheesecake had a rich creamy vanilla topping and buttery biscuit base.
Italian meringue is the most stable kind of meringue and it won’t leak, weep or collapse. It is also super fluffy, so it’s perfect to combine with other ingredients, such as ice cream and liqueur. I could not fault my dessert and it was a great finish to a fantastic meal.
The Waterfront Restaurant is a real find. If you are looking for excellent quality food, locally sourced fresh ingredients and reasonable prices, you can’t do better than paying a visit to The Waterfront.
The restaurant organises very popular cooking demonstration nights, where Tom showcases the best fresh ingredients Scotland has to offer. Please contact the restaurant for more information as they sell out very quickly.
I would like to thank Tom, Sandra and the whole team who made us feel very welcome and delivered outstanding food and service.
Open daily (closed Tuesday)
Dinner from 6pm
The Waterfront Restaurnt Kirkcaldy
461- 463 High Street (opposite harbour)
Tel.: 01592 202095