Having read lots of reviews on this restaurant, we decided to book for our Christmas company meal. In interests of giving a fair appraisal of our experience I'll break the review down into parts.
Location: the restaurant is at the bottom of a very very steep hill, which is cobbled, throw in some rain and you get a very interesting journey to the front door. One of our party is disabled and getting the wheelchair down the hill was eventful. Although the location is what it is, I thought it was worth mentioning for those who have mobility difficulties.
The upstairs bar provided us with cocktails and a warm welcome. When we moved downstairs, we again were met by some very friendly staff who showed us to our table, but that's where the enjoyment ended.
Starters: There were 4 in our party and we all had different starters. Some of the warm starters were cold (scallops & pork belly), and I had salmon with Whisky cream, which was bland and unexciting. The other's starters were equally as disappointing as mine We should have complained there and then, but as we were having our Xmas party we decided not to make a fuss - mistake 1!!
Main Course: I had a steak for my main course which was superb, unfortunately my companions were not so lucky. In summary, we had 4 plates of "Brown" food!! If popular opinion is that you eat with your eyes as well as your mouth, then this experience fell well short of the mark. The venison, duck, and steak all looked the same, with no vegetables to lift the look of the dishes. The lack of vegetables not only detracted from the look of the food, but left only a chestnut puree (with the venison) as a contrast flavour, add to that overcooked duck and you will gather that we were not overly impressed! Again we didn't complain, as apart from the food. we were having a great evening - mistake 2!
Dessert: I had read a review that the White chocolate fondant "was to die for," so my wife and I decided to give it a try. The inside of a fondant is supposed to be liquid and gooey, but the were both overdone and were baked all the way through. By this time we had given up and decided to make the best of it and leave. We mentioned this to the staff and they said they would pass on our comments to the kitchen. They waiting staff were very nice and did come back and say the would take one of the fondants off the bill.
In summary, Edinburgh is full a very good places to eat, but in my opinion this is not one of them. I would not recommend this establishment to anyone, as I would not like to be responsible for someone having the same experience as me.
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