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Balmoral’s owner, Colin Smith, was born in Scotland but came to St. Charles in 2005, according to the restaurant’s website. He opened Balmoral, named after a Scottish castle, in 2018. The restaurant serves traditional Scottish fare, including haggis, beef suet pudding, bangers and mash, and more. You’ll also find many meat options, like venison, lamb, pheasant and a variety of steaks, as well as specialties such as afternoon tea (by reservation only) and Sunday roast dinner.
But back to the experience. Think about the last time you ate at a restaurant for dinner. Could you describe the table from memory? Me either – except for this one. Plush chairs, beautiful glasses, floral china dishes and menus the size of small televisions waited for us. (Balmoral also won Best Martini and Best Bartender, so while I didn’t have a drink with dinner, the awards help steer your decision.)
After bread and butter and a considerable amount of time looking over the menu, my guest and I decided to split the shepherd’s pie and the St. Andrew’s avocado and asparagus bake. Everything is made to order, so our food took about 45 minutes to arrive, but good conversation and comfy chairs made the wait seem short.