Team DC’s Emma recently visited Wedgwood in Edinburgh and thoroughly enjoyed her fine-dining experience. Read below to find out more…
Wedgwood was voted Scottish restaurant of the year in 2013, and after a meal there it’s easy to understand why. The aim is “fine dining in informal surroundings with excellent service,” and this was certainly my experience. From the helpfulness of the staff to the presentation and palatability of the food, I honestly couldn’t fault a thing about my visit.
Co-owner and head chef, Paul Wedgwood, gains inspiration for his style of dishes from regular travels around the world, and many of his ingredients he forages for himself. This makes for an interesting and inspiring menu.
To start we both had seared diver scallops with asparagus, chorizo aioli, squid ink, ham crumb and samphire. I seem to be in a bit of a habit of ordering scallops (love them) so I think I’m qualified to say that these were of the really rather special, melt-in-your-mouth variety. And a delightful little palate cleanser of raspberry coulis, lemon sorbet and ginger beer prepared us nicely for the mains.
The roast Monkfish with oyster fritter, beetroot purée, salmon, battered capers and saffron lyonnaise was beautifully presented and a wonderful introduction for me and Monkfish (we have never met before). The roasted duck breast with confit leg hash was complemented impeccably by the strawberry and black pepper sauce. Who would have known those two things would go together?
But it was my dessert which really stole the show. Very – yes, very – Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caol Ila whisky butterscotch sauce. I’m not a Scotch drinker, but, for me, the whisky was what made this dish a stand out – not to mention that the moist sponge was simply oozing with toffee-rich decadence.
For fans of blue cheese at dessert, there was the blue-cheese cake with red wine, poached apple, candied celery, grapes, walnut and honey. Perfect, if you can’t decide between the cheeseboard or regular cheesecake.
Each dish was artfully presented, but the servings were generous enough that we certainly did not leave feeling hungry.
Wedgwood is nestled, subtly, into the Royal Mile, in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. If you are visiting Edinburgh – or if you live here – it is most definitely worth seeking out for an exceptional Scottish fine-dining experience.
Booking ahead is strongly advised.