Wedgwood – Oh SO good!

Strawberry Blonde & I have been very keen to try Wedgwood for a long time now and after an aborted attempt at dining there on Sunday evening (sidetracked by a notion for Steak tartare) we decided to have another cheeky mid-week treat!

Wedgewood - downstairs dining room

We were lucky enough to be there on the last evening of their Winter menu, and boy were we in for a treat. We already knew the menu would prove problematic as we both had ‘long-lists’ for both starters and mains. I think we would both have been delighted with anything on the menu at all and it’s not often you can honestly say that!

The descriptions were so artfully coined that I could envisage, and tantalisingly, almost taste the dishes. After much discussion I opted for the Confit Pork, with crisp black pudding, sweet pickled apples and tarragon aioli and SB the Lobster Thermidor creme brulee.

a cheeky glass of Champagne

SB had been eyeing up the amuse bouche selection with a glass of champagne and although we knew we shouldn’t we ordered a glass of bubbles each to allow our wine to breathe, ahem! ok, actually because we are greedy gluttons with the willpower of mice!

Lobster Thermidor creme brulee

For the mains and again, with a lot more soul searching (this fine dining malarky is a serious business and we don’t want to get it wrong!) I opted for a Scottish fillet of beef, with Pont Neuf potatoes (fat square chips as far as I could tell unless pont neuf alludes to the bridge-ish-like construction, tenuous?!) and a pepper, brandy & haggis cream. SB chose the Wild Scottish Deer with confit fig, carrot & olive oil puree & venison haggis bonbons in a mulled wine jus! Feeling hungry now?

Confit Pork

The waitress was great and able to help us both with our food choices and also with our wine selection. She was so passionate and enthusiastic and clearly knowledgeable about the food and wines we felt we were in very safe hands.

The starters were divine, melt in the mouth pork with just the right amount of black pudding, unfortunately I was unable to try SB’s Lobster however she didnt seem to be having any problems with it and the spoon almost disappeared as she was licking it clean!

Gingerbeer Sorbet

We were then presented with a surprise complimentary palate cleanser, the best I’ve ever had! Again beautifully presented on a purpose made slate with a shot glass, it was a glass of ginger beer poured over sorbet. We were advised to eat the raspberry, then mix the sorbet and ginger beer before drinking, wow, wow, wow! One I’ll be trying to recreate at home! outstanding!

Beef Fillet (foreground) Wild Scottish Deer (back)

With our taste-buds now standing firmly to attention the mains arrived, again, well presented and uncomplicated. My steak was divine and perfectly cooked with a marshmallow consistency! SB’s venison was also delicious,  I especially loved the surprising taste-zing when eating the fig, jus and venison all together, inspired!

Scottish Cheeseboard

Being quite comfy where we were and our plates clean we decided to look at the desert menu and it won’t be a surprise to any regulars to know that we went for the cheeseboard. Our waitress remembered our earlier conversation when we had said we enjoy a good Argentinian wine and recommended a fortified Malbec to accompany the cheese instead of a Port, Sold! The Scottish cheeseboard was interesting, starting with a mild Orcadian Grimbister going up the ways to a quite strong & nutty ? (please let me know if you know what the last one was) and the Malbec was superb, and definitely on my radar for the next cheese session!

We didn’t want to leave and it was still early so the gluttony continued as we mustered the strength to digest an Irish coffee each before taking our leave.

Irish Coffee

The decor is elegant and simple with clean lines and some striking focal points. The staff were friendly and informative, the food exquisite, high quality, well presented and with flavours that surprise & delight (palate cleanser & the fig with the venison in particular), it’s fine dining without the formality that comes with a Michelin star. I’ve found myself a new favourite restaurant and can’t wait to return to sample the new Spring menu which is launching this week.

You can really make a meal here as affordable or as extravagant as you like and us being us, we pushed the boat out a little! These last minute, mid week, for-no-particular-reason, fine dining excursions seem to be a bad habit I don’t want to give up! What you doing Tues/Weds SB?

Wedgwood, Royal Mile, 227 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BQ 0131 558 8737

Lovely email received from Lisa at Wedgwood:

Hi Nadine, Thank you so much for such a positive review on www.eatingedinburgh.com, we were all so thrilled to read that you had such a good time at the restaurant.I just wanted to say thank you but also answer your cheese question, the strong cheese is ‘Criffel’ from Loch Arthur creamery in Dumfries and Galloway….. I know you can buy it at Mellis’ and also Harvey Nichols.  I have included our new Spring menu for your perusal too.Hope that helps and Paul and I look forward to seeing you at the restaurant again soon. Kindest Regards Lisa

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4 Responses to “Wedgwood – Oh SO good!”

  1. Claire
    April 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    I’m intriqued! It’s my parents aniversary shortly and sounds exactly up their street, good food without being too pretentious. :@)

  2. September 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Wow! what a great eatery. Following your glowing review I was lucky enough to be taken out for dinner to Wedgewood in celebration of my birthday. I would agree that sitting upstairs is a must unless you are a large party who will get raucous.

    The service was relaxed, friendly yet attentive. The food from amuse-bouche & champagne through starters, mains, dessert & coffee with fudge was first class. Great flavours, quality ingredients and eye catching presentation means that I will certainly be going back here again.

    Also I have plans to recreate one of their delicious sauces . . . . .

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