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St. Louis - Scottish Arms mini-review

kbear | May 27, 200504:15 PM

Just had lunch at the newest Central West End addition, the Scottish Arms, located between Fo Park Parkway and Laclede on Sarah. This was formerly a fairly kinky bar and then a wine place for a while. The fix-up is decent; nice lighting and not too smoky (although you have to walk through the smoking section to get in and out); a very interesting selection of beers and scotches; a really cool old wood bar and tin ceilings (original I think), waiters (but not waitresses) wear kilts. Food blew my socks off! I guess I was really expecting some lame old Scottish food, like yucky haggis (which they have, but I didn't try). So when we got the perfectly tangy salty smooth cheddar soup, I was really happy. We also had the seared shrimp salad, which was fabulous, although bit heavy on dressing - order it on the side. But the salad had romaine, seared pineapple and mango, and enormous shrimp (are those called prawns? they tasted like lobster tail!). Every taste was excellent. Then we had the beef "olives" which are rolled-up fried beef rolls with who-knows-what inside, served with heavenly mustard sauce - YUM - definitely craveable. My dining companion insisted on ordering Scotch eggs, which apparently were fine but I didn't try them. Desserts offered were cold raspberries in cream and a bread pudding. Service was also worth writing about - everyone is clearly happy to be part of this new venture and no need was unattended. I cannot wait to go back here!

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