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“An anniversary to remember”

Castle Terrace Restaurant
Ranked #22 of 2,640 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Scottish
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Old Town
Description: Castle Terrace Restaurant is all about representing the finest produce in Scotland. The award-winning restaurant, which was completely refurbished in the beginning of 2016, showcases Chef Patron Dominic Jack's many years of training in some of France's top kitchens. His skills, passion and attention to detail is truly reflected in his innovative and modern menu.
Reviewed 28 July 2013

Nestling under the castle rock and in the shadow of the garrison building, Castle Terrace is housed in a Victorian gothic terraces. The inside - which feels as though its converted from a series of houses - is quite modern in its decor (the large trellis and flowered wallpaper decorating our alcove was reminiscent of the perennial feature wall.) The floor is wooden, which is no doubt easy maintenance but is also quite noisy. with the regular footsteps of staff and customers beating a rhythm throughout dinner.

Unlike other Michelin restaurants we have visited, we did not have one or two allocated waiting staff. But all the staff demonstrated a familiarity with the food and explained the rationale for the wine pairing.

What is really good in Edinburgh is that the Michelin starred restaurants all offer options for vegetarians. So - having booked months in advance for our 25th wedding anniversary - we elected to go for the vegetarian tasting menu with accompanying wines. We therefore did not have an aperitif - a glass of Philipponnat Royale Reserve Champagne being included.

The food was of a high standard, with flavour and texture playing an equal part. The canapes came with an instruction on the order in which to eat them. A bubble of jelly captured the flavour of a caesar salad; a tiny caper and cumin burger was only exceeded in flavour by the adaptation of a Monégasque.aubergine barbajuan.

A beautiful fresh sushi of kohlrabi was followed by an avocado dish. (Unfortunately, I could not eat this; we had emailed the restaurant to explain that I can't eat celery - and this was confirmed by our waiter - but this dish was stuffed with celeriac which, for me, has an identical flavour profile.)

A deeply flavoured spelt risotto was served with black truffle - for my husband the dish of the meal.This was followed by an intense but nonetheless delicately flavoured curry.

A light herb ravioli was stuffed with a Scottish cream cheese, and was accompanied by the most delicate tomato broth.

A rich panna cotta was contrasted with a fragrant and mouth watering lemon verbena sorbet.

For us, the one disadvantage with vegetarian food in the summer is it too frequently is best accompanied by white wines - not our favourite - and some of those selected were a touch on the sweet side (particularly the Gewurztraminer and desert Riesling).

A nice touch was that a small card was left on the table congratulating us on celebrating our anniversary, and a small cake was presented at the end with the petit fours, as was a copy of our menu - a keepsake to commemorate our visit.

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Reviewed 28 July 2013

Visited twice this month & cannot praise our meals highly enough. The taster menu although expensive is fantastic & dietary requirements & dislikes are taken into account with no fuss. The set lunch remains excellent & the attention to detail from the canapes to the garnishes is second to none.

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Reviewed 26 July 2013

The Michelin Guide is (of course) very France-centric. They over rate restaurants in France and under rate restaurants elsewhere. Such is the case here. They gave this restaurant a single star-"how generous of them" (start laughing out loud). This was as good or better than I have ever had at any Michelin 3 or 2 starred restaurant in France, and I have been to plenty of them. So precise and beautiful the flavours; the equivalent of a long gastronomic orgasm. From the several amuses bouches presented, through the dishes I ordered, I was in heaven from start to finish. And all for about half the price of the French "equivalent". But, I don't want to mislead you; still expensive with an average main courses running from 25 to 45 Pounds, or US$40 to $75 or 30 to 55 Euros. If you love fine , original cuisine and don't mind paying for it, this is a MUST GO!!!

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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Super restaurant. Congrats to the team. I work in London but go to Edinburgh on business and have been going to CT for many months now, taking clients and colleagues. The quality of the food and the engagement of the staff is consistently excellent. Service is attentive, knowledgeable and friendly without being intrusive. They have an extremely low turnover of waiting staff so clearly a good team to work for - and despite not even living in the town i am welcomed back like a regular. As a French restaurant owner myself, in Surrey, i know how hard this business is; these guys have a great concept and they absolutely deserve to be on the national scene. It's a place that does not compromise, where you are made to feel special without needing a special occasion, and where you can feel totally relaxed.

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Reviewed 25 July 2013

We managed to get a late cancellation here for dinner on a recent trip to Edinburgh and were delighted with our experience. We decided to try the tasting menu to fully appreciate the experience. It was amazing. From the canapés, with one tasting of Caesar salad , our taste buds were awakened. The ingredients were all local and the food was full of innovative flavours. The pace of the meal and portions were sufficient that you did not feel rushed or over faced with food. The scallop dish and fish course were delicious. Given one of us is not too keen on fish and the other offal we both tried these dishes and were converts given the delicate flavours. The raspberry soufflé to end was light and again bursting with flavour. The service was pleasant and not at all pretentious as is often the case in a Michelin star restaurant. A real taste experience - highly recommended.

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