Mark Greenaway at 12 Picardy Place – a pre Theatre cheeky

Strawberry Blonde, AVM and myself were all off to see Vincent & Flavia in their new show, Midnight Tango last week at The Playhouse so decided a return visit to Mark Greenaway was in order, I was last there for the launch party and have heard plenty of good reports since so it was well overdue!

The decor

Newly rebranded as Mark Greenaway at 12 Picardy Place (formerly Hawke & Hunter) the decor is quietly and confidently classy, muted greys, blacks and cream, offset with crisp white tablecloths and linen (very different from the gothic meets art deco feel it had before Mark ‘set up shop’ there. Modern art paintings and a fireplace set in a traditional brick wall give this a cosy ‘gentlemen’s club’ feel.

The decor

There are 2 menus available, the great value Market Menu (3 courses for £20, 2 for £16.50)   or the a la Carte. Although the Market Menu offers a selection of 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts it was still difficult to choose although my shellfish allergy knocked the seafood raviolo in a langoustine broth straight out for me.

A cheeky glass of bubbles to start the evening were a most appropriate appetiser and this was accompanied by a really tasty amuse bouche, the lightest, fluffiest cloud of a palate teaser. YUM, we were happy bunnies!

Both AVM & I opted for the Ham Hough & Shallot Terrine with Elderflower Jelly Hazelnut Salad & Wild Garlic Mayo and SB the Mixed Seafood & Herb Raviolo, in a Langoustine Broth with Avruga Caviar. I loved the terrine, a gutsy meaty affair perfectly complimented by the garlic mayo, elderflower jelly and hazelnuts. SB said the raviolo was a “tour de foam”, and her face said it all really! Off to a great start!

For Mains, I went for the 11 Hour Slow Roasted Clash Farm Belly Pork, with an apple puree, savoy cabbage and a toffee apple jus and the ladies both went for the Skate Wing with a beetroot puree, olive mash and crispy squid. All washed down with a VERY serviceable Malbec! I think I could be happy eating that dish every day, pork belly is a weakness of mine since childhood, but oh yum! and a toffee apple jus? genius! The skate looked like a piece of artwork when it arrived but it didn’t stop the ladies from demolishing it.

We were quickly starting to run out of time, not that that was going to stop AVM going for a dessert of ‘broken lemon tart’ while SB & I indulged our espresso habit, before we ran (literally) out of the door and on to the The Playhouse we managed to cram in a couple of petit fours for good measure.

The Verdict – it was the perfect spot for a lovely pre theatre supper, (or business lunch) something a bit special but not exorbitant, the only shame was that we had to leave so soon, however we had been a little over ambitious with our courses and the time we had. (We even considered ditching Vincent & Flavia to stay a little longer!) I would definitely recommend Mark Greenaway for the discerning diner looking for something a bit different, beautiful presentation and super-inventive dishes at every step. Not only is the food good but Mark himself is a thoroughly decent chap!

A girl after SB’s own heart….?!

“I only drink Champagne when I’m happy & when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty! “

Lily Bollinger

SB sneaking in on the petits fours

Mark Greenaway at 12 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3JT 0131 557 0952

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9 Responses to “Mark Greenaway at 12 Picardy Place – a pre Theatre cheeky”

  1. July 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Lovely review that echoes my experience. I was treated to lunch here recently and it was a lush experience. I had the skate wing and I’ll be fighting the urge to order it again next visit, so I can try something else.

    Do you know Mark and do you know if he has experience demonstrating at food shows?

    • July 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

      Hey Ross! We really enjoyed it and really almost didn’t go to our show! :o)
      I believe Mark was demonstrating at this year’s Taste festival but not sure if he does others

  2. July 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    Great review, thanks. I read that Mark has been winning at the Scottish Hotel Awards too.
    I like the photos, look like you were enjoying yourselves.


    • July 8, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

      Hey Ian, we most certainly were! next time we’ll not be in such a rush so can really enjoy it at leisure! Yes, I believe Mark is going to be one to watch moving forwards!

  3. AVM
    July 9, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    During dinner I had a sneaky peak at the other diners; one in particular looked as though he was about to lick hs plate! Happy days! Thoroughly recommend this place as I’ve had a consistently fantastic foodie experience each time!

  4. November 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    I absolutely loved my birthday dinner at Mark Greenaway, and your picture of the pork belly is bringing back good memories! I’m already thinking about booking the Christmas lunch special, the experience and the food was divine. Thanks for the recommendation on Twitter.
    Susan (Hula)

    • November 22, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

      Ah yes, that belly pork is to die for! :0) Really pleased you enjoyed it too!


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