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[Gleneagles' Rack of Venison is a specialty at Balmoral Restaurant.]
More than a wee bit of Scotland can be discovered at Balmoral Restaurant, an upscale venue launched in early June by native Scotsman Colin Smith. Located near the corner of Route 64 [North Avenue] and La Fox Road in Campton Hills, it was the sole suburban restaurant named to The Hot List by Chicago magazine for October.
Smith said he dubbed his creation Balmoral after exploring the Scottish castle of the same name, one of the British royal family's residences. Its lavish dining table left an impression of beauty and elegance he said he wants his restaurant to impart, along with a leisurely dining experience that's out of the ordinary and celebrates being together with family and friends. An added feature are daily afternoon teas.
On the menu are imported Scottish salmon, venison, pheasant, duck, braised rabbit, steak, lamb, seafood and a classic haggis. Other items may need translation for the uninitiated, such as neeps and tatties, colloquial for turnips and mashed potatoes.
Traditional dishes include a Scotch egg, Scottish fish and chips prepared with haddock, and savory pies made with rabbit, squab, chicken or ham.
"They are not like a pot pie, [but have] completely different pastry, texture, flavor," Smith said.