Visited 2 July 2013 hotfoot from the Queen's garden party at Holyrood, looking for something to stimulate the senses and send us back to our country retreat having enjoyed the best the city has to offer. Parking right outside - amazing. We had a good seat in the window with lots of natural light. The chocolate and gold-beige decor was classy but restrained and not distracting. Good bread while we ordered - a key test in my view. Flexibility was varied. I really fancied the veal sweetbreads which were on the menu as a mains. They agreed to do a half portion as a starter. Excellent. Very good it was too - savoury and rich, perfectly balanced by the wilted spinach. My wife was less lucky. She loves plaice which featured twice on the menu. One with Buckwheat cake the other with Celeriac chips. Although overall the first was preferred, there was to be no swapping out the buckwheat for the celeriac. Shame. Her Starter of salt cod cappuccino was out of this world though. Light, zingy, fragrant sweet-savoury all in one. This is what the Gods must eat. My main was the halibut with pig's trotter and chargrilled endive. All totally delicious and a perfect combination except you the trotter came as a sausage or boudin of tiny proportions. Very tasty but lacking the texture and interest of even half a trotter. Fries on the side were perfect and enough for two and the salad was top notch too. Good pud, but I think the foam with everything has long since lost novelty value and adds little in taste or texture. But good chocolatey honeycomb thing (posh "crunchie" ) and a nice way to finish. Coffee was good but need to bring tablet with it as on the West Coast. Excellent selection of wines by the glass at good price. Overall £83 for 2. Very satisfied.
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