Loch Bay Restaurant
Michael Smith was Chef Director of the Three Chimneys when it earned its Michelin Star in 2015. Now he is doing amazing things in his own Loch Bay Restaurant in Stein, on the Waternish Peninsula.
Opened in 2016, the restaurant is small, welcoming and comfortable. It offers two menus - a five course seafood degustation, or a fixed price three course meal. The latter gives a choice of three starters (seafood, vegetarian or meat), three main courses (ditto) and a third couse of either cheese, a pudding or a selection of small desserts.
Described as "Contemporary Scottish with classic French influences", the food is, as you should expect from a renowned chef, the sort of stuff that makes you say "Mmmm" quietly with every forkfull. Great ingredients, perfect cooking and beautiful but unfussy presentation. There's nothing at all pretentious about what you get at Loch Bay. And everything is wonderful.
There is a decent choice of wines, by the bottle or glass. The service is great. The prices are fair. Why wouldn't you try it?
The Loch Bay is open for lunch on Sunday and from Wednesday to Friday. Dinner is from Tuesday to Saturday. With a place like this you would be immensely lucky to get a table without booking. The telephone number is 01470 592235.
You will find it on the seafront here, just before the jetty.