Yesterday I had a trip to Edinburgh.
I love Edinburgh and don't visit often enough, but I was on a mission.
Stuart (Cakeyboi) and myself headed to the capital to visit A Room in the West End and to attend a breadmaking course at Bellini Cookery School. Lunch and then baking. I think you will agree that this is a great foodie day out.
National Museum of Scotland.
They had a great time, but Cooper reported back to me that the hippos had gone to another museum so other children could see them and that the bug clock, which was our favourite, wasn't there anymore, so he thought it was probably being fixed.
Stuart and myself made our first stop at Teuchters Bar. The upstairs as you walk in is a traditional bar with pub grub on offer. A rather nice menu actually and well priced too, but it wasn't the pub we were visiting. We were heading down the stairs to the restaurant.
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A Room in the West End is one of two popular city bistros that offers modern Scottish dining in a relaxed atmosphere. The other is A Room in Leith.
Downstairs is a cosy restaurant, with low lighting, simple wooden tables and chairs and a mural along one wall. On entering you instantly feel welcome and relaxed.
The restaurant filled up while we were there, but it was still cosy and you were far enough away far the other tables for a quiet chat.
The lunch menu offered Starters and Puddings for £4.95, Mains for £9.95 or you could go for 2 courses for £13.95 or 3 courses for £16.95. We went for the three courses. Just so we could properly sample the menu. Honestly!
We were brought some lovely fresh bread and butter to tuck into while we waited for our meal. For our starter, Stuart and I both went for Pan-fried Halloumi on Crisp Rocket with Artichoke Tapenade and Balsamic. I love Halloumi, so this was a great starter for me. The halloumi was well cooked and the tapenade was particularly good.
The other starters on offer were:
- Tomato and Basil Soup (v)
- Smoked Ham Hock and Harissa Broth
- North Atlantic Prawn, Smoked Salmon and Dill Frittata with Beetroot Salsa
For main course, Stuart went for the Pan-Seared Calves Liver with Skirlie Mash, Roasted Cherry Vine Tomatoes, Drambuie and Thyme Jus. It was the skirlie mash that made the decision for Stuart as he loves it. I had heard of it before, but wasn't sure what it was. Apparently it is like the stuffing inside a white pudding. It's mashed potatoes with cooked onions and oats. I really must make that sometime!
I had the Sweet Potato, Scallion and Pecan Couscous Cake with Sunblushed Tomato Coulis. It was really good. The cake was crisp on the outside and creamy within. It went well with the coulis, but I was glad of the side vegetables we were given to share. It did need the extra texture.
The other main courses on offer were:
- Chargrilled Chicken Breast with Chorizo and Chickpea Cassoulet and a Sweetcorn and Cider Cream Sauce
- Grilled Fillet of Cod, with a Smoked Paprika Rosti, toasted Stornoway Black Pudding and Green Olive Crème Fraiche
For dessert, Stuart had Coffee, Frangelico and Pecan Tart with Raspberry Coulis, which he really enjoyed. I had a taste, but I'm not keen on coffee, so this wasn't one for me.
I had the Dark Chocolate Tart with Dark Cherry Compote. It was good, but I think it could have benefited from some creme fraiche or cream to cut through the bitter chocolate.
The other dessert option was:
- Clava Brie and Applewood Smoked Cheddar with Quince Jelly and Crieff Oatcakes
A Room in the West End
and Teuchters Bar
26 William Street
0131 226 1036 (a room in the west end)
0131 225 2973 (teuchters)
Stephen Hill general manager
Scott Morrow head chef
Disclosure: I was invited to A Room at the West End to sample the menu and did not pay for the meal. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.