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….
We quite like Japanese food at the Towers so imagine when Yo Sushi knocked on the door one day and offered up a HUGE takeaway so that we could sample their new #tokyotogo takeaway menu! Back of the net. Happy days.
With very little hesitation required we perused the menu ‘online’ and placed our order. Although unable to deliver (hrmph) we jumped in the Monkfish Motor and headed up to Harvey Nichols Yo Sushi to pick up the goodies. Continue reading →
With Dominic Jack at the pass, Castle Terrace Edinburgh stands alone thanks to the innovative cuisine and the exceptional service.
One of the kingpins of the Edinburgh fine-dining scene over the last few years, Castle Terrace continues to deliver exquisite dishes in its newly refurbed contemporary dining room at the foot of Edinburgh castle. Part of the renowned Kitchin group, it stands alone thanks to the innovative food that chef Dominic Jack brings to the table. Continue reading →
One of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had in Edinburgh.
Dining at the newly opened Norn*(in the site of the old Plumed Horse) is incredible and a few hours of your life that you will savour for a very long time.
With great consideration for ingredients, seasonality, and sourcing, and a focus on creativity Norn has a clear edge on other restaurants in town. Forget white tablecloths and hushed voices – the Rolling Stones are playing on the jukebox, the front of house have very cool moss linen aprons and you’ll get a visit from each of the chefs in the kitchen over the course of your meal. It feels young, different and very exciting.
Enjoy the extremely reasonable 3 course lunch for £20 otherwise indulge yourself in the 4 or 7 course tasting menus (with the option of matching wines.
Sherry and tapas, probably two of my favourite things so when an opportunity comes up for a sherry tasting (on world tapas day** of all days!) with Bodegas Urium and some tasty accompanying tapas created by the team at Goya23, Edinburgh, nothing was going to keep me away!
I know a little bit about sherry. I know I like it, quite a lot! I’ve spent some quality time in Andalucia and have visited some bodegas in Jerez. I’ve eaten plenty of tapas in Jerez, Cadiz, Vejer de la Frontera and have always matched them with a sherry. Usually a chilled Fino on a very hot day. I’ve a very good friend who lives in Vejer who is a sherry ambassador (Annie Manson) and she has imparted some in depth knowledge to me on my travels about the wonderful world of sherry.
I love that sherry pairs so brilliantly with food whether it be fish, seafood, charcuterie, cheese, dessert. Continue reading →