TASTE of Lavender vanilla panna cotta with strawberry sorbet
Welcome to TASTE, a delicious part of Walking On Travels that will give you ideas for your next dining adventure with or without your kids. For many of us, we loved checking out the latest restaurant before we had kids, but we forgot about food after the baby was born. It is time to reignite those taste buds and get excited about what is out there to be devoured and enjoyed.
What: Lavender vanilla panna cotta with strawberry sorbet (Panna Cotta: an Italian dessert of sweetened cream thickened with gelatin and molded)
Where: The Whitehouse Restaurant, Lochaline, Argyll, PA80 5XT
Why: The middle of nowhere Scotland is the last place you might think you would find haute cuisine, but Lochaline is one little town bursting with flavor. Why is Lochaline so important? There is a ferry that can take you over to the Isle of Mull in the Hebrides. It is also in one of the prettiest parts of the country you will ever see.
At the Whitehouse Restaurant just up the hill from the ferry you will find duck confit, venison, haggis and more delectable flavors that you wouldn’t expect to come out of this little white house that you enter from the back. It has less than 20 tables and a staff of about three people working the lunch hour. Although our lunches were divine, it is the dessert that really surprised me. Not too many chefs are brave enough to use lavender and even fewer use it well. Chef Mike Burgoyne created a sumptuous blend of vanilla and lavender in his panna cotta. The fresh strawberry sorbet blended the flavors, creating a crisp dessert that cleansed my palette, but didn’t leave my bursting.
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