First off, this was the most beautiful restaurant I’ve ever eaten in, I’m not kidding. Gary booked us this as a surprise for our trip to Edinburgh, and surprise it was. Just LOOK AT IT.
We sat down at our table for two and quickly decided that the set menu was the best way to go at £36 for three courses. There was a good selection within this with fish, meat and vegetarian options. I opted for the Scottish smoked salmon (when in Rome) to begin with and Gary had the ham terrine.
Both dishes were delicious, though the ham terrine was a little bit too cold, as if it had just been taken out of the fridge. My salmon was beautifully lightly smoked without being overwhelming, and served with tiny shallots and drops of beetroot.
Next up for mains, I went for the monkfish with curried black lentil dhal and broccoli, where Gary had the rump steak.
Both dishes were lovely but I was a bit regretful of not ordering the steak as it was like butter, beautifully cooked a really delicious piece of meat. The monkfish was great although it was slightly rubbery which was a shame. The black lentil dhal however was wonderful, just the right amount of spice and a really intense nutty flavour from the lentils. It also came with mussels which I’m not usually big on but added an extra layer of intensity to the dish.
Finally was the cheeseboard. We asked them what the cheeses were but they told us too fast for me to write them down, which was a bit of a shame. I would have liked to seen what the cheeses were on the menu or been given some labels, as I always like to know what cheese I’m enjoying!
All of the cheeses were great, and what I think was a goats cheese (the round cheese) was the star of the show. The best bit about the cheese board though was the oatcakes. Lovely, biscuity, crumbly Scottish oatcakes. AND when the waiter noticed I’d almost finished mine, he brought us another extra basket. Which was just darn nice.
Overall this was an incredible dining experience, the service prompt and friendly, and the restaurant itself absolutely jaw droppingly beautiful. Pleasingly, the food lived up to its gorgeous environment and I’d definitely recommend trying to get a table if you’re visiting Edinburgh.