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Loch Fyne (Restaurant)

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175 Hampton Road, Twickenham, London, TW2 5NG
Cuisine: Seafood
Tel: 020 8255 6222 | Email to Loch Fyne | Transport: Twickenham | Write review

Loch Fyne Review

Best for: Tagliolini with seafood.

Great: Relaxing night eating fresh and delicious fish dishes. Amazing staff too!

I am walking by the shore of an enigmatic and beautiful lake. The night is far away but I spot a fascinating dusk falling down on this implausible horizon. The vegetation is that of typically wild Scotland; castles nearby add a touch of magic to the atmosphere. Fishermen sing whilst picking up herrings and oysters: what a marvelous mixture! I wonder who will be the lucky person to taste this pond’s mighty fruits.

Fast forward and I’m in Twickenham, London, in what appears to be a simple restaurant where stress-free, amused people spend their Sunday evening. The faces are welcoming, pleasant and outgoing. There is a fresh sense of aquatic clarity. I sit on a chair, wanting to forget a very hectic past week of work and city life!

Having grown up on sandy beaches (of Italy) and visited many others (Scotland) as a child, I can almost smell the same family outings: fried fish and seafood restaurants. I don’t have a red face burnt by the sun, or sea salt skin, but I feel the same sense of warmth and well deserved laziness.

My hosts are glad and cheerful: they make me feel as if I can see the mighty lake of my previous dreams, right there in front of me.

There is music in the background, and chit-chatting with the table neighbours and bartenders.

We order lobster bisque and Italian antipasto, seafood tagliolini and smoked haddock with eggs; all incredible; fish of the freshest type. The bisque deserves to be among the restaurant’s specialities and the tagliolini melts in my mouth. The mussels, the squid: perfection, and the seafood sauce tingling to the right point, delicately.

The wine warms our veins; we relax even more on the “shore of this Loch”. We can choose from all the wine we might possibly want: red, white and rose from all over the world.

I close my eyes and, for some reason, I see fishermen pulling ropes, laying nets, screaming orders, unquestionably rejoicing for the haul they are taking home.

Lyrics of popular Scottish songs resound in the air: “When I've done my work of day, and I row my boat away, doon the waters, as the evening lights are fading….”

In my dream - eyes wide open - there are boats sailing the lake and a white, simple home that hides the most enjoyable food.

I wake from my intense feelings of Scottish lake landscapes and notice that a crème brulee and a lemon tart have appeared on the table. The fragrance of the sweet treats is unique. The lemon reminds me of Sicilian shores, whilst the crème brulee is a cosy feeling of well know flavours.

I feel as though I’ve been on one of those weekend relaxation classes, where they teach you to pamper and cuddle yourself.

We talk with almost everyone in the restaurant; the atmosphere, relaxed, and so enjoyable it could be a party with friends.

We talk and share anecdotes, with other guests and our hosts. We talk about our favourite music and, of course, our favourite food. The restaurant manager is extremely good humored, as are the rest of the staff.

The evening culminates with a famous, reinvigorating elixir: our after-dinner Strath liquor. It is pungent and rough, like a true sea or like a “loch” woman should expect to be.

I walk away. The night is young but it is already in shade. The early darkness brings me back to this lake I have been only imagining.

The vegetation stands around like a set of black shadows. The moon: high in the sky. No human life is there to be heard. In a few hours everything will start again, the waters will lose their still calmness and the world will be ready to receive more gifts from the greatness of this Scottish Loch Fyne.
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