I had the pleasure of visiting Locavore on a particular cold, wet and windy Wednesday evening. Situated in Stirling it was a rather lovely, modern-rustic, cosy and interesting place to visit, full of character. Locavore sources a large majority of their produce locally keeping to their 100-mile philosophy whereby all their produce is from within a 160 km radius. A lot of their produce is also organic coming from farmers and family businesses.
We sat ourselves near the bar and I immediately took off again to check out the blackboard menu. Locavore serves 5 daily tapas specials and 5 daily main specials that vary according to supply. In addition to that they have their regular features as well in the menu. I really couldn’t make up my mind because they were all very much my cup of tea or shall I say dish of yummilicous. After returning to my seat the lovely waiter handed us our menu, explained the specials and then told us tonight was Burger Night! Mr. Foodie’s ears perked up and his smile was slowly widening. Burger Night means $15 for any burger off the menu and a drink (yes, including alcohol)!
My greedy eyes and hungry stomach were still trying to decide so we sent off our drinks order first. I don’t normally drink but cider is something I can stomach. The likes of Hills Cider and Rekorderlig are my faves at the moment so of course I ordered and Pear Hills Cider. Very refreshing. Mr. Foodie spotted something very interesting on the drinks menu – Houghton Black Apple Cider and Stout Ale. It was an interesting flavour but we absolutely loved it! Sweet and bitter in taste, after the first few sips it went down very smoothly.
We decided to order a couple of tapas dishes to start. For those who can’t decide you could order a grazing platter which allows you to sample all five tapas specials and it comes with olives, almonds and bread. First we had the Smoked Salmon Terrine with Caper Berry Salt with Preserved Lemon Salad and Garlic Aoli. The flavours were beautiful. The smoked salmon was delicious and not overpowering. Coupled with the salad and aoli it was a beautiful combination. The preserved lemons were not bitter at all and the sticky balsamic gave a lovely sweet taste. Mr. Foodie is not a fan of salmon but liked this dish.
Smoked Salmon Terrine $12
Despite being reasonably health conscious at other times there is one cholesterol and gout unfriendly food item that we both absolutely love. I’m ashamed to say I could eat a whole block or tub to myself. It’s Pate! Hence we ordered the Chicken Liver and Brandy Pate served with House Pickled Veg and Toast. The Pate was amazing we couldn’t get enough of it. The vegetables with balsamic were beautiful to break up the richness of pate and the crispy toast oh so yummy. I do actually like chicken liver, oooo sambal chicken liver! But I digress.
Back on track! It was time for mains. Typically Mr. Foodie ordered a burger but this was no ordinary burger I assure you. Wagyu Loca-burger with Sterling Stirling Spuds. Quite a tongue twister there. The Wagyu beef patty was grilled (adding a lovely flavour) and slightly pink in the middle. Perfect! It was juicy with nice beef flavour. The burger bun was fresh white bread, toasted and along with the patty, crispy bacon and salad gave it a bit of a crunch. It doesn’t stop there. The burger also has Locavore roast beetroot, cheese, horseradish sauce and tomato chutney. All the flavours combined made a very awesome burger which Mr. Foodie devoured in record time. The ‘chips’ were wedges of hand cut skin on local potatoes seasoned with salt flakes and herb. Crispy crunch with carby goodness it was delicious. Of course chips would not be complete without sauce hence the tomato sauce for dipping.
I ordered something off the board. After contemplating spatchcock vs pork, pork won. Duo of Berkshire Pork Belly and Braised Pork Neck with Grilled Apple and Mash. The pork was amazing. The meat was absolutely tender and delicious. Well braised, full of flavour and went perfectly with the grilled apple. I love it when the meat just falls apart and melts in your mouth. I also liked the way they served their mash potato in 5 mini scoops fanned across the plate. It was well seasoned and tasty.
Duo of Berkshire Pork Belly $30
Alas it was time for dessert. I am obsessed with Churros. Churros with Chocolate Sauce it is. No contemplation. It smelt great and promising when the waiter brought it to the table. Prettily dusted with icing sugar and a mint leaf, the churros were hot hot hot. Unfortunately they didn’t taste very good. The dough seemed raw in the middle and the consistency was stodgy. The chocolate dipping sauce was very liquid, watery. So much so it was hard to dip.
Churros with Chocolate Sauce $12
Next was the Raisin and Chocolate Bread Pudding. Once again beautifully presented, this bread pudding was served with vanilla and chocolate ice cream with a dash of decorative berry coulis. Now this, was worth having. The Bread Pudding was warm, soft and delicious with my favourite chocolatey flavours coming out. What made it even better was the warm chocolate oozing out when we cut through the middle. Dessert heaven! The ice cream was beautiful and I suspect it would have come from the hills as well.
Raisin and Choc Bread Pudding $12
All in all it was a very enjoyable meal. Apart from the Churros I would order everything again. I love their food, presentation and philosophy. Eat local, organic and fresh. Service was excellent and all the staff seem chirpy and friendly. Can’t wait to go back and maybe have the spatchcock next time!