Timberyard is my favourite place to eat for a special night out. They offer modern dishes based on traditional flavour combinations, using locally-sourced, traditional Scottish ingredients.
Their menu is divided into three sizes: bite, small and large; essentially amuse-bouches, starters and mains. I recommend you try one of each, but you can opt for any combination. Prices are higher than a typical restaurant, but I think it is very good value for money given the quality of food, drink, atmosphere and service.
The food is very meticulously presented, but I think it stays just on the right side of pretentious. You still get a good serving of meat (when you order meat), and everything still looks like real food.
As well as excellent food, Timberyard has a good wine list, and a very good (and well looked after) beer and spirit selection. They even have great coffee, which in my experience is rare for even the best restaurants. If you’re not up for caffeine or alcohol, the freshly made soft drinks and refreshers (like burnt lemonade or spelt water) are delicious. Oh, and even their tap water is filtered and optionally carbonated.
Timberyard’s setting is fantastic; most of the restaurant is based in a beautifully preserved 19th century warehouse, last used as a timber yard. They also have a “shed” for private dining, and an outside yard for summer evenings.