Emma recently checked out The Stockbridge Restaurant in Edinburgh:
Stockbridge in Edinburgh was recently voted one of the coolest places in Britain, and down a small set of stone steps in one of its cobbled streets is a restaurant that has several awards of its own.
The Stockbridge Restaurant is a rare breed in that it manages to serve outstanding food and be both cosy and stylish at the same time. This could be because it is family run (the owner is also the Head Chef) with an onus on fresh, locally sourced produce. As you dine in this special place you truly feel like you are being spoiled rotten whilst completely ensconced from the outside world.
Our evening meal began with an amuse bouche. This intricate and appetising offering of Serrano ham, chives and Mozzarella set the very high standard for that which was to follow. I chose seared scallops with butternut squash puree, apple salsa, walnuts and Serrano ham for starter. The scallops were delightfully tender, the apple just the right level of tart and offset perfectly by the sweetness of the squash and delicious little nuggets of what tasted like caramelised walnuts. My friend’s starter of braised ox cheek was cooked to absolute perfection and fell away from the fork at the merest of touches.
For main, I had seared Sea Bass, which was crisp, lightly salted fish perfection. Accompanied by delicate crispy squid, chorizo, sautéed heritage potatoes, roasted beetroot and aioli. The beetroot was soft, tender and succulent and the potatoes sautéed in lovely, luscious extra virgin-olive oil. My friend’s ‘tenderly grilled Halibut’ was complemented perfectly by a fried quail egg, crispy pancetta, crushed potatoes, spinach, wild mushrooms and a tangy Arran mustard sauce. Every component of the dish seemed to have been carefully considered and, combined, made the whole something very sumptuous.
Neither of us had room for a dessert each, so instead of going without (a sin!) we shared chocolate brûlée with chocolate brownie, white chocolate mousse and milk chocolate ice cream. This was one of those dishes where you keep telling yourself you will have only one more bite and leave the rest to your dining partner, but, of course, to no avail. It was far too delicious and decadent for any of that “good intentions” stuff to happen.
The service at The Stockbridge Restaurant was as impressive as the food – the staff were friendly and attentive yet unobtrusive. It is the perfect venue for a business lunch as it is a birthday meal or an anniversary dinner – meaning that a suitable occasion to book a table is bound to arise sometime very soon.