La Caverna, Lossiemouth
We were just two for supper, Karen and myself, and were immediately made to feel extremely welcome. However, we were not alone as La Caverna was really buzzing for a Thursday night, far more diners than we expected. We enjoyed the less-formal atmosphere that the downstairs offers diners and we found ourselves seated in the fascinating architecture of an original 17th Century Salt Cellar.
We were asked to consider menus that cover all tastes, offering a huge choice of continental dishes and delights. While we could select from 9 succulent starters, 7 pasta dishes, 15 pizzas, 8 different burgers, half-a-dozen ‘Specials,’ and far more besides, we fancied trying the tapas, as there were 14 different dishes helped by the fullest explanation of each one within the menus.
For starters we chose the Paté and Minestrone Soup – these were a great way to start the meal, especially as the Soup consisted of the full and flavour-filled freshness of Mediterranean vegetables, and the Paté was cleverly aided by a whisky infusion and the tastiest of salsas.
The tapas we chose were very diverse, and included 3 choices from the standard tapas menu – Chicken and Ham Strips with Mozzarella, Braised Beef in Red Wine and Cannelloni Beans, Sauted Garlic and Rosemary Potatoes with Salsa, and a further 3 choices from the ‘special’ tapas list – Fresh Crab with Lemon and topped with Prawns, Parma Ham and Buffalo Mozzarella with Melon, and Smoked Scottish Salmon with Marie Rose Prawns.
Once again we were astounded by the variety of taste explosions that were placed on the table. Karen believed the Smoked Salmon and Parma Ham dishes were ‘to-die-for’, while I could not over-praise the Chicken and Ham Strips or Braised Beef – both were ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ heaven.
In summary - deepest levels of pleasure for the food and wine coupled with the awesome atmosphere of care and attention that came from all the staff at La Caverna. Friendly faces regularly appeared to ensure that our evening would pass smoothly and that we would leave so happily. Our grateful thanks go to all the waiting staff for making the meal a memorable experience and one to heartly recommend without reservation to family and friends.
Peter & Karen