We'd heard that Howies Bistro in St John's Place had recently enjoyed a bit of a makeover and had changed their menu from cafe style snacks to bistro style lunches and evening meals. Suitably intrigued, we couldn't wait to try it out (all in the name of work of course!) and so jumped at the offer of meeting Fraser Band for a bit of lunch and a catch up.
The menu is fantastic and although we were always big fans of their baked potatos and paninis this one has a little extra WOW factor! They have laid out their stall firmly under the banner of locally sourced produce and you will find a vast array of Scottish ingredients such as venison, duck, smoked salmon, haddock and much more.
The menu incorporates these glorious flavours into simple, wholesome dishes and as well as some traditional favourites you'll also find a great choice of new, fresh and exciting options such as a hot smoked salmon salad Nicoisse (which was amazing!).
Owned by brothers, Richard and Graham Howie, the small chain originated in Dunkeld, where they enjoy a prime position on the main street. Their Perth venue opened in 2014 and is situated within the bustling cafe quarter on St John's Place. Run by manager Craig and Head Chef Mark, they have quickly become one of the Small City's favourite eateries.
Our lunch time visit brought a bustling restaurant full of people and as each delicious looking plate went by, our necks were craning to grab a wee peek. The choice was fantastic, and the dishes were presented beautifully - needless to say the phones were out before anyone picked up a fork!
We loved the food, service and whole experience and will definitely be taking more Small City outings to Howies. Bring on the better weather we say, so we can catch some rays whilst we dine!
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Fraser Band is a professional photographer who is a self-confessed lover of good food and beer. I hear he tasted everything in this gallery! Find out more about Fraser in our Big Personality section or on his own website here>>>