The ‘57’ of the title records that the Dowans sits 57 degrees parallel north of the earth’s equator: a fact known only to cartographers, explorers, and our son and brother Sean, who is a pilot, and it’s he who gave the restaurant its name!
Simply appointed stained wooden furnishings and generous sash and case windows give 57 an ambience that is both light and relaxed. The menu here is seasonal, reflecting that all our fresh ingredients are sourced locally and sustainably: whether it be venison and game from the Ballindalloch Estate, fresh fish from Portsoy or fresh lobster from Lossiemouth. Dinner guests can take the ‘when in Rome’ option and enjoy traditional dishes such as Haggis, Neeps and Tatties in a Whisky Cream Sauce or they can tempt their palate with cuisines from further afield such as Massaman Lamb Curry.
All our courses have equally appetizing and creative vegetarian options, and the seasonal offerings are varied by a ‘Catch of the Week’ and ‘Vegetarian Dish of the Week’.
Opening Times: Monday-Thursday 12-2, 6-8.30pm; Friday & Saturday 12-2, 6-9pm; Sunday: 12-2, 6-8.30pm.
Here is a sample menu which will give you an idea of our 57 offering: