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“Tired and dated”

Mustard Seed Restaurant
Ranked #17 of 277 Restaurants in Inverness
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$55 - US$55
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Open since 1995, the simple cooking and warm, friendly atmosphere has allowed The Mustard Seed to become one of Inverness’s favourite restaurants. The Location on the banks of the River Ness in a converted church building is simply stunning and helps create the wonderful ambience. The transformation from disused church to restaurant created a unique space; with a double-height ceiling and magnificent open log fire. Many of the original period features were retained and combined with a mix of natural and modern finishes. The addition of the terrace on the top floor allows alfresco dining and uninterrupted views of the River, another amazing asset for the restaurant.
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

This is a difficult review to write as in general I always find it a struggle to find a restaurant in Inverness that interests me enough to eat there. It could be slightly unfair as I live in London so have access to fantastic restaurants at the top of their game. For me I find it increasingly frustrating that there is not any one restaurant here that can deliver on food, wine and service.
Scotland has access to some of the best produce in the world in terms of seafood, game etc. It would be nice to see at least one restaurant in Inverness try and embrace this.
So back to my experience of the Mustard Seed. It had been several years since I last ate there and going back a good 8 years or so it was a favourite. Having scrutinised the online menus of various other restaurants I decided we would return to the Mustard Seed. For some time when I have been in the area I have found the menu uninspired and lack lustre. However, with sourcing somewhere to eat proving a real issue we though why not give it a go.
On arrival we were greeted promptly and escorted up to our table by the bar tender. He handed us the menus along with wine list etc and explained someone would be over with the specials for the evening. He also took out order for some drinks. The two Bellinis arrived although they have to be up there with some of the poorest I have tried. My friend couldn’t actually drink hers. Not like any Bellini I have ever had before, tasted like passion fruit juice....not the end of the world...possibly just how this restaurant make them and I should have checked prior to ordering them.

They only have one South African red so there was no contest we went with that. Slight shame it was Cape Heights and a merlot but again not the end of the world...I spend a lot of my time in South Africa so I am spoilt to have tasted many of the better wines on offer. What disappoints me here though is the Mustard Seed source the wine from a fantastic little wine store that has some fantastic drops yet the restaurant choose to stick with a bland uninspiring wine list playing it safe with Pinot Grigios and Chardonnays not an Albariño or Viognier in sight. There is clearly a market for good wine as the wine shop shows so it would be nice to see something a little more inspiring on the restaurant wine list.

Our starters were fine. My friends got smoked salmon was apparently very good although there was none of the avocado on there that had been promised on the description. My pigeon was fine, a little over cooked for me but I do like it very pink but I found the black pudding disc it was served on delicious. It was described as being served with rocket salad and there was no rocket in sight instead lambs leaf which I prefer anyway but with something missing from both dishes it wasn’t a great start.

Main course I had the venison, same idea as the pigeon really as far as in it was over down for me but still pink so not awful. Served with a bland mash potatoes and some green beans that were cooked very well and still had a bite which is how I like my vegetables. Advertised as having mushrooms but alas they were absent from the dish.

My friend had a very poor gnocchi dish. Basically gnocchi with very few vegetables some olives with the stones still in which I find completely bizarre for the type of dish and again this was suppose to have feta but not one single crumb of feta was to be found.

Pudding was fine, safe choices not much thought gone into options.

Service was not great. No interaction, where is the highland hospitality ? The girls we had were prompt but I think it would be really beneficial to the business if they invested in some customer service training for the waiting staff. The older chap with the glasses who has been there forever was much better but he knows how to talk to customers and engage them.

Would we go back? Probably not, and that is a real shame. I really wanted to like it but it just didn’t deliver on any aspect.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We went one night and food was good overall. My haggis bon bons were good and wife and daughter's food was great. My meatball and pasta could use some more seasoning. Overall a great place with a good view.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We had dinner here and it was excellent. Great food...lovely wine selection. Great atmosphere. Staff were very friendly and attentive. Central location. Highly recommend it.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Did enjoy my visit but had a few issues during the meal. The setting in the restaurant is quirky and modern and we were greeted by a friendly manager, we had high hopes. Unfortunately the service was quite poor, had to ask for the wine menu a few times, the meals came out too quickly, hadn't received our drinks before the starters arrived and the mains followed within minutes. Further to this, the waitress never returned with our change which was in excess of £20. Would want to see better service on a return visit but on the whole the restaurant was good.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

We have eaten here several times over the years and always really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Tonight, though, was pretty disappointing in comparison. We ordered venison with roasted veg and mash, and gnocchi with roasted veg, olives and feta. In each case the veg were barely warm rather than roasted and the massive chunks of lukewarm aubergine just looked amateurish. The advertised olives and feta were missing from the gnocchi dish. Now, in a world like ours, I know these are v much first world problems, so let's keep things in proportion. But I really hope the Mustard Seed takes to heart the issues that we raised with them and return to the standard that used to draw us back there. Don't be complacent or you will lose customers. Don't treat vegetarians as second class customers. To the restaurant's credit, they didn't charge for the gnocchi dish, but there shouldn't have been an issue in the first place.

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