THE DINING ROOM 28 QUEEN STREET

THE DINING ROOM 28 QUEEN STREET


SMWS Queen Street exterior
Date night….it doesn’t happen very often so when it does you’ve got to make the most of it… Both partial to a tasting menu (with accompanying drinks natch) we checked out The Dining Room 28 Queen Street which is part of the Edinburgh Scotch Malt Whisky Society whose home is a stunning Georgian townhouse. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a ‘members only’ affair as the Society has happily flung open its doors far and wide so that anyone can rock up and enjoy what’s on offer. Even us! Since the recent refurb they’ve tucked the members bar on the top floor of the Society but there’s a lovely new bar downstairs and a dining room on the first floor that we were welcomed to discover.

Tasting menu ordered now the only decision we had to make was whether to match our food with whisky or wine. Tough one. I love that whisky matches brilliantly with food, it’s complexities mean it can be matched with literally anything. Having said that I  personally can’t contemplate drinking 5 or 6 cask strength whiskies in one evening. Potential for head spin the following day!  That being the case we wimped out and took a wee dram with our ‘bites’ and a full dram with dessert.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society may not immediately be on your radar for a dinner date but we hope that this might change your mind. Since relocating to the first floor The Dining Room has a lovely light airy feel about it and feels rather ‘grown up’ but in a good way. Service was polite and efficient with the exception of missing out on some bread which wasn’t offered until after the starters and only when we asked. This didn’t bother me too much but Mr M likes to carb-load upfront so when it did arrive he scoffed 4 slices at once.

Aside from the bread incident the whole evening went swimmingly and the service was great. Our charming French waiter chose some great wines to go with our food and the menu went a little bit like this….

The dining room 28 queen street

Head chef James Freeman has put a great menu together. Continue reading

A COLLABORATION WITH TIGERLILY EDINBURGH

dine out with TIGERLILY EDINBURGH

TIGERLILY EDINBURGH HILARY STURZAKER

 

Tigerlily Edinburgh, there, I’ve said it. So what’s the first thing that comes to mind about Tigerlily? Could it be Gok Wan on the decks?! Yep, that’s happened recently…seriously. Could it be that they have one of the finest cocktail lists in town? Is it your Saturday afternoon post shopping destination for a quick drink before dinner? All of the above?

But do you ever think about eating dinner there??? Well, if that didn’t spring to mind immediately then make sure it does now because I can spill the beans on what’s happening food wise on the George Street establishment.

Over the last few months I’ve been working with Tigerlily Edinburgh on their new ‘Dine Out’ menu which means I’ve been hanging out with them quite a lot. 

Tigerlily Edinburgh Dine Out

Myself and Eugene Reilly (head chef) have been eating our way around the Stockbridge farmers market, that’s been a chore….not! We’ve been tasting cheese, lots of, and have generally been talking about food, food and more food. And the occasional drink too.

Work can be such a pain sometimes….Oh, and I’ve had to have my photo taken a few times too [eye roll] all good fun.

TIGERLILY EDINBURGH HILARY STURZAKER

LOCAL SUPPLIERS

What’s been really great about this collaboration is that I’ve been able to introduce them to some of my favourite suppliers including Peelham Farm, Summer Harvest, George Mewes cheese and Seriously Good VenisonI think that we’ve sourced some of the best local produce around without compromising on the quality of the dishes that are coming out of the kitchen. 

TIGERLILY EDINBURGH PORK BELLY

You all know that I’m passionate about shopping ‘locally’ and knowing exactly where my food comes from and now I’ve had a great opportunity to put a real ‘foodies’ stamp on a menu that hundreds (no, thousands!) of Edinburgh folk (and beyond) will be able to taste, and come back and taste again. Back of the net for you guys.

MENU!

Check out the menu for yourself HERE. Two courses for £15 at dinner or 2 mains for £10 at lunchtime. WIN! Dishes include Peelham Farm lamb and rosemary sausages with chive mash, and ‘monkfish’ (natch) in a prawn and mussel stew with baby potatoes, slow braised venison haunch with a juniper and red wine jus and colcannon mash. OMG, could it get any better. Yes, you can max up your dinner with a sharing dessert for two. Good food doesn’t have to cost the earth.

And looking to the future there should be a seasonal change after the Festive period AND a competition running in ION magazine so much more to look forward to in 2017. Food, my FAVOURITE subject, and then some.

TIGERLILY EDINBURGH HILARY STURZAKER

FIND TIGERLILY EDINBURGH at….

125 GEORGE STREET, EDINBURGH EH2 4JN
TEL +44 (0)131 225 5005
INFO@TIGERLILYEDINBURGH.CO.UK

And if you want to read more about the project you can find a lovely article in ION magazine HERE.

LOVAGE EDINBURGH

LOVAGE EDINBURGH

LOVAGE EDINBURGH

In a nutshell…

Opening only a matter of months ago Lovage has already built up a loyal following thanks to its excellent service and outstanding food. It’s a real gem in the Old Town where you can try some very creative dishes using quality Scottish produce. A gem.

Who’s cooking…

Run by brothers Lukasz and Bartek Jedrejek the two chefs have both worked in various restaurants around Edinburgh. Bartek was most recently at…..

TO READ OUR FULL REVIEW ON OLIVEMAGAZINE.COM CLICK HERE

Written for www.olivemagazine.com

 

 

NEW RESTAURANT OPENINGS EDINBURGH

new restaurant openings edinburgh

Where do you start?! There have been soooo many new restaurant openings recently that we’re bound to miss one, not mention one, offend someone for forgetting one or we just don’t know about it yet. If any of the above apply then please comment below and we’ll add it to the list.

So, here goes, in no particular order (honest…)

New restaurant openings Edinburgh

Lovage, Blackfriars Street
new restaurant openings edinburghBrothers Lukasz and Bartek Jedrejek are in the kitchen, a biomedical scientist and a Scran & Scallie chef bring a real gem to Edinburgh’s old town. Go there for creative dishes using quality Scottish produce plus an absolute steal of a lunch menu at £13.95 for two courses. We’ve recently reviewed for Olive magazine and gave it the big thumbs up. 

The Educated Flea, Broughton Street
From the folk who have already brought us The Apiary and Three Bird’s comes The Educated Flea. Continue reading

DRAM & SMOKE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL

DRAM & SMOKE EDINBURGH

DRAM & SMOKE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL

Following numerous sold out London projects, Dram & Smoke is heading north of the border for The Edinburgh Festival Fringe; taking over a former Biscuit Factory for all of August.

Dishes that champion the best of Scottish produce are served up family-style from an open kitchen alongside well-sourced wine, Scottish beer, Naked Grouse whisky cocktails and a solid playlist. The house party vibe is helped along with bar games and live music performances plus the fully-stocked bar stays open late. Continue reading