This was not my first time to the Vintage but think it will probably have been my last. Edinburgh has such an array of restaurants, there are many other places to meet my foodie desires.
My husband booked a table as a wee surprise as we both had a long week at work.
We were shown to our table next the open plan kitchen, good sized table for 2 and we enjoyed being able to watch the chef at work. I didn't catch their names but both the girl & guy that served us were very helpful & pleasant.
The menu was enticing and I really like the tapas & grazing plates. Our starters were well flavoured & involved some interesting combinations. Eg celeriac & cabbage soup!
For our main we chose the assiette of beef (£40) to share. This was a selection of steaks - flat iron, rump & skirt - all 6oz but flavoured as peppered, garlic or smoked. This was served with a big bowl of bone marrow roasted potatoes, roasted shallots, truffle butter & bearnaise sauce. We were advised the meat would be served medium rare and we asked for it to be more medium. Unfortunately the platter did not live up to its price tag! The flat iron was tough and gristley, probably because the fascia had not been removed. The peppering or smoked flavours were either non existent or overpowered by the delightful garlic rump. I was really looking forward to the roast potatoes but these were simply ok.
Moving on to the dessert course, my husband went for the cheese course & I chose the steamed orange sponge. The cheese board contained a good selection but my husband commented that they were a bit dry and not as fresh as they could have been. My sponge pudding was dry & stodgy. Definitely not enough orange syrup as could be seen by the guy in the kitchen who struggled to get it out of the tin! The custard was a lovely vanilla flavour but such a small portion given the size of the sponge.
All in all I think the vintage got a great reputation since opening but perhaps are now struggling to deliver. Our meal for 2 (incl 2 bottles beer) was over £80?? Definitely more expensive than I remember from previous occasions and over priced. A similar meal with a sharing main of beef at Bistro Moderne cost much less & was both better in terms of flavour & price.
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