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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