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Mojo Troon

On Friday and Saturday evenings Mojo is doing two courses for two people for £12.99 so we decided it would be rude not to try it.

The two courses have to be starters and mains and there was certainly quite a range to choose from. I had the potato skins which have been a great favourite of mine since I lived in the US. My companion had soup. The Moroccan chick pea soup looked thick and tomato based and wasn’t too spice apparently.

For mains we stuck to fish and chips and linguine carbonara with garlic bread.

There is no doubt that the two courses were a bargain for what amounts to £6.50 per head. By the time we added in drinks it came to just over £21 without the tip. Everything seemed fresh and flavoursome. I just wish it hadn’t been such a cold day as we would have stayed longer if I’d felt warmer.

I suspect the place is very busy in the evening after 6 but we went before the normal rush hour in restaurants. The piano in the corner is a reminder that there is often live music in the evenings and this must lead to many a pleasant get-together.

Give it a try.


Scotts Troon

Buzzworks is well known in Ayrshire owning such establishments as The Lido and Elliotts. This afternoon we went for the two course for £10.50 deal at Scotts. It begins at 4.30 and you can choose from a variety of starters, mains and puddings. We went for a three-cheese macaroni with garlic bread and fish and chips with a minted pea side followed by lemon tart and vanilla and strawberry ice cream. With coffee and tea it came to under £24 without the tip. They also have a loyalty card which offers £5 off every so often. I’m not a great one for loyalty cards but when I think about the number of times I eat out this is foolishness on my part.

The fish was boneless and not greasy despite the batter and the side portions of chips and minted peas were just the right amount. The macaroni was delicious. Lemon is one of my favourite flavours and so a lemon cake is always going to be a hit with me. It is beautifully presented with whipped cream, forest fruits and a thin biscuit. The forest fruits are even more tart than lemon. The ice cream also looked attractively displayed.

Other plus points about Scotts are the view over the Marina and layout. Living flame fires inside and candles in sand-filled fish tanks give one a sense of warmth no matter how cold it might be outside.

Friendly staff but not intrusive. How things should be.

Silver Spoons Troon

Situated in the former site of Velvet Apple in Troon, this new cafe has taken an old-fashioned approach to the cafe experience. Waitresses wearing black, floral patterns on the tea sets on the white linen tablecloths and a cash only approach mark this place out as rather different.

The soup is home made and said to be nice, but we didn’t try it ourselves opting instead for wraps and macaroni cheese followed by tea/coffee and cake.

The menu offers brunch, a soup and pudding combo and afternoon tea.

Their Facebook page is here.

It has the potential to be good but isn’t quite there yet.

For example the “home baking” of large cakes is baked elsewhere so they don’t know what ingredients are in the products – not good for people with allergies. They don’t take cash but don’t tell you that when you order. They have fancy crockery on the table but bring you your cake and coffee on plain white.

When I was a girl I used to get taken for a treat to Wendy’s in Glasgow. My favourite thing was when they brought over the cake trolley with cakes under glass. They used pink tongs to take the slice and put it on your plate. It was the best ceremony in the world for a little girl. If you’re going to put fancy plates on the table they need to be for more than just effect.

They close early (4.30, 5 depending on the day of the week) which rules out High Tea which is something I think people really miss in Scotland. It’s also a good way for places with home baking to use up the fare they didn’t sell earlier in the day.

I hope they iron out these teething problems because there are other places nearby who are already up and running. Competition is fierce so it needs to be right to have staying power.

I’ll give it another try in a few weeks as I’m sure everything will be tickety-boo by then.

Highgrove House Hotel Troon

Yesterday we had lunch at a Costley and Costley establishment that we use for an occasional treat. They have special menus which are not as dear during the week but on Saturdays, it seems, you are expected to pay full whack. Part of the price is of course the spectacular views from the panoramic windows and the white table cloths and crockery/cutlery. It’s not silver service but the staff are well trained to look at ease and interested in you as an individual. They were very kind to my disabled companion.

I never have a starter as you may have worked out by now but my companion had a mushroom and celeriac soup which came with a roll (but no butter). The soup was tasty I was told but celeriac is not one of my favourite flavours so I’d have avoided that in any case.

For the mains I had a delicious medium rare fillet steak on a bed of mashed potato accompanied by half roasted potatoes and a peppercorn sauce (optional). The fillet was generous and even more delicious when the jug of sauce was poured on top. My companion had a vegetarian option of a pancake filled with vegetables accompanied by a cheesy looking sauce. I was told it was delicious.  Both of us shared the bowls of chips and hot al dente vegetables and it was a full plate which both looked and tasted appetising.

For dessert I plumped for one of their ice creams, mainly because someone at the next table had ordered a Knickerbocker Glory which looked fabulous. I had the caramel and fudge option but didn’t do it justice as my eyes were bigger than my stomach and I sent more back than I actually ate.

We both had coffee which came with a soft buttery fudge and my companion had a brandy. In total it came to just under £50 without the tip.

There are only two disabled parking spaces and having scammed the room and realised the age group of most of the diners, it must have been handbags at dawn to try and get them. There is a decent car park and an overflow which is down/up a hill but if you are at all infirm this would be a real obstacle.

The staff are very nice and the toilets were clean and freshly scented. The fish in the foyer are calming as you hand over your coats/cash as you arrive/leave.

Velvet Apple Troon

I’ve just had lunch here today and tried their special which was falafelفلافل , hummus حمّص , olives, salad, flat bread and  tabbouleh تبولة . It was a very good rendition of a traditional Arabic selection of dishes. The hummus wasn’t quite right but as a combination it was very tasty. The bill was difficult to work out because it read CAFE for every item with a price next to it but I think it was £6.95 for this bit of the meal. The Thai soup my friend had was said to be nice but spicy. The cakes, particularly the meringues looked amazing but we declined as we were already rather full.



If you fancy making your own version:

Velvet Apple Troon

This morning I had to wait for an hour for some work being done to my car so I wandered  round Troon on foot in an effort to get some breakfast. The Lido had recently burned down so I went in to the Venice Cafe which offers free WiFi. Unfortunately they don’t take card transactions so unless my purse was full I wouldn’t be able to have much more than a coffee.

I took a detour to the Velvet Apple to see if they did breakfast as they had the desirable debit card symbols in the window. I had last eaten there a few months previously and did a double take because of the changes in the look of the place as, out had gone the wooden chairs and tables and large counter displaying cakes and in had come comfy sofas and leather booths with privacy screens. I should have waited to be seated but as they were quiet I went directly to a booth and then asked the very personable woman if they did breakfast when she came over. There was no menu but she offered various combinations verbally and I opted for scrambled egg, bacon, toast and coffee. I ended up getting a lovely crusty bread toasted along with the bacon and egg and two cups of coffee. The coffee is brewed freshly for each cup, the eggs were fluffy and the bacon wasn’t that horrible white salty fat stuff that you get in supermarkets. It tasted really nice and was all the better for the fact that it cost less than £6 for the whole thing.

If you’ve been before and were disappointed, give it another try as it is a much improved version of the Velvet Apple that you’ll find now.

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