I had very good memories of this restaurant from years ago and so my husband and I ventured in one Sunday afternoon in March. There were perhaps two other tables with folk at them-should have taken that as a warning. We were seated at a table next to the window which was great as we could watch the folk walking by, there is a lot of pedestrian traffic here - students, tourists, reg. folk - a good mix to watch even on a Sunday.
We ordered a bottle of house white which actually was very good. We ordered the tapas tasting menu for two as we couldn't make up our minds what we wanted. The best of the lot was a deep fried croquette - light and crispy on the outside and melty in the inside - perfect for a March day. After that things proceeded downhill quite rapidly. The other selections came floating on an ocean of oil and paprika. Wasn't even sure that it was olive oil - just some cheap as chips nastiness. Don't know about you but none of the tapas I have ever been served in Spain were like that - even in the cheapest dive bars. Some of them were inedible. We were so shocked we didn't send them back, we wiped the oil off the gambas with the bread but found they had been overcooked. My husband makes this dish at home and I know it goes very quickly from perfection to tough as old boots in seconds. Certainly the kitchen could not say they were rushed off their feet as there were only 3 tables to cook for!
I would avoid this place at all costs unless you have the inside track on something they can make that is amazing - and remember - the wine was very nice. The service was ok, too slow for my Scottish husband who doesn't get the whole taking your time over lunch thing. We should have sent the whole mess back as it cost us something like £60.00 with wine but we didn't. However, since that lunch my husband has repeatedly asked me to put a review about it because it was so bad. We just make Gambas Pil Pil for Christmas eve and he brought it up again. I asked him what he wanted to say about the restaurant and he had two words 'oil slick'.
I don't give a terrible review lightly but a tasting menu should reflect the best that the restaurant has to offer. Total disappointment. There are plenty of really good restaurants in Edinburgh but this isn't one of them.
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