I don’t know about you, but I think evenings which involve good food, good drinks and good company are the best kind of evenings. It might sound cheesy but I love a special dining “experience”. Something that will stick in your mind long after the food is eaten and the plates are cleared. Something that you’ll talk about for months to come with your best friends. Something that you’ll savour and smile about every time you scroll back through your Instagram photos.
I recently had one such evening at Tigerlily when I was invited along to their Gin & Tony event. Gin & Tony, you ask? Chef Tony Singh, along with Tigrelily’s executive chef Guy Callister, created a special food and gin pairing menu, showcasing the best of Scottish produce and local gins. I’ve been a fan of Tony’s food ever since the Oloroso days, so I was really looking forward to tucking in – and the menu certainly didn’t disappoint.
Upon arrival, Laura and I sipped our Caorunn Gin cocktails as we found ourselves a table and took in our surroundings. Tigerlily underwent a bit of a revamp not too long ago, and now it’s looking more swish than ever. Whimsical bird cages, fairy lights intertwined with greenery, marble tables, mosaic mirror tiles and lots of sparkly surfaces – dreamy. It wasn’t long before we were handed another cocktail (this time a Daffy’s Gin concoction) and got stuck in to the first course of vine tomato broth with handpicked Lunan Bay crab, mint and apple dumplings.
Next up, we were in for a surprise when some shots arrived with a little bit of Rannoch Estate venison tartare balanced on top. Although hesitant at first, we soon knocked back the shots followed by the “gol gupa” style venison bites. The Arbikie Gin shot cocktails were so smooth and went down (perhaps a little too!) easily, and the delicately spiced venison was delicious. Soon after, it was time for course number three and a refreshing Pickering’s Gin cocktail to accompany the huuuuge slow braised shoulder of Highland lamb. I’m not exaggerating when I say it could’ve fed about 20 people! We all got stuck in and piled up our plates with the Raan Masaledaar spiced lamb, wild mushroom and Cassia rice, raita and pickled onions.
Finally, it was time to move on to dessert and we sipped a fragrant cocktail with Botanist Gin to accompany the indulgent chocolate mousse with lime and coconut. This was the perfect end to the meal, and surprisingly light considering how chocolatey it was! We soaked in the atmosphere for a little while longer, enjoying the atmosphere and nursing the last of our cocktails, before heading off into the night with full tummies and smiles on our faces.
Have you been to Tigerlily before? If you’re not lucky enough to book in for one of their special events like Gin & Tony, I would definitely recommend heading along for some super-stylish cocktails and a bite to eat.