Reviewed by Stella Young
The opening of the Malmaison Hotel in Dundee was highly anticipated, having bought over an old hotel in a prime location, Malmaison have transformed the former Tay Hotel in to a beautiful boutique hotel, with stunning views looking out over the cities waterfront. A welcome addition to Dundee City Centre, the hotel opened its doors for business February 2014.
Situated in the centre, the hotel is a stones throw away from the train station, is served by main bus routes, and also has a public car park on its doorstep. There is no charge for parking after 6pm, perfect for an evening of dining out.
We visited the Malmaison brasserie on a Saturday evening. Greeted by pleasant restaurant staff, who showed us to our table. We had a look over the wine list, starting at £17.50 a bottle ranging up to a more extravagant £55.00 a bottle, I opted for a £20.00 Chenin Blanc. The waiter who served the wine was very knowledgeable on the subject, explaining it was a South African wine and the difference to the palate of the grape being grown in a warm climate. The waiter continued to visit our table to top up my glass through out the meal.
The food, oh my, where to start? On recommendation from Rej the water, we had some olives while we waited on our starters. These were lovely large olives, very firm, nothing like any olives we’ve bought from the supermarkets. Our starters soon followed, I’d ordered my favourite Caprese salad (£7/£13), which is slices of tomato and buffalo mozzarella cheese, topped with fresh basil and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. A simple yet very satisfying dish, beautifully presented. My husband opted for fresh tomato soup (£5), served with cheesy bread fingers.
After a chat with Rej regarding the main courses, where he explained that the steaks were bought locally from Yorke’s butchers and cooked on a Josper grill, my husband plumped for the rib eye steak (£38) and I went for the less meaty option of porcini risotto (£13). My husband declared this to be the best steak he has ever tasted, saying it didn’t even need the peppercorn sauce he’d ordered with it, as it tasted so good on its own. It was huge (450g), but he struggled on to finish every last bit. The risotto was a more modest size of portion, but plenty for my appetite, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We also had some cocktails during the meal, again on advice from our waiter, we had a Bad Boy, Good Girl – Bubble Time Champagne, Belvedere vodka, fresh lemon, strawberry & rhubarb cordial, fresh strawberries, basil leaves and a Painkiller – Mount Gay Eclipse rum, JM Bailey Gold rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, orange juice, these were served beautifully in cocktail glasses with fresh fruit. We obviously had good faith in Rej’s recommendations, and on his advice yet again, hubby ordered the chocolate soufflé and I opted for raspberry crème brulee. He did warn us that as the soufflé is made from scratch it would take at least 20 minutes for dessert to be served. It took a bit longer, but I was given a complimentary cocktail while we waited, so there was no complaints there. I think my husband died and went to heaven while he was savouring on the soufflé, cooked to perfection. I don’t have quite such a sweet tooth, but thoroughly enjoyed the crème brulee.
I would thoroughly recommend Malmaison for a meal out. The restaurant is beautiful, with a lovely ambience, playing a mixture of easy listening music, loud enough to enjoy but not interfere with conversation. I was sorry I hadn’t booked a room for the evening, would have been a perfect end to the night. I have been checking online for their eat and stay deals, and it is definitely on the cards for a future treat.
Without a doubt deserves a 5 out of 5.
For more information or to make a booking visit www.malmaison.com/dundee or call 0844 693 0661.
To view the menu and wine list click here.
Malmaison, 44 Whitehall Crescent, Dundee, DD1 4AY | Tel: 0844 693 0661