A romantic meal at the Stockbridge Restaurant

The Stockbridge Restaurant has long been on my ‘list’ so when I was asked to do a review on a romantic restaurant in Edinburgh in partnership with www.match.com it seemed like the perfect opportunity.

The interior of The Stockbridge Restaurant

The interior of The Stockbridge Restaurant

 

Nestling in a St Stephen Street basement,  the entrance has been cleverly designed to draw you in with plants and fairy lights all inviting you into what promises to be somewhere classy and special.  We were ushered through the doors in to the restaurant, a stylish cosy room boasting plush upholstery, beautifully dressed tables, modern art and mirrors all set off with a fireplace full of the wax from what must have been hundreds of melted candles. It certainly gives you a sense of satisfaction before you even look at the menu.

Appetiser of Serrano Ham with Mozarella

Appetiser of Serrano Ham with Mozzarella

 

I’d already taken a sneaky peek (or two) at the menu online so had a fair idea of what I’d be having I’m usually helpless to choose anything else when faced with foie gras and pork belly! So unsurprisingly I started with the Ballotine of foie gras with fig chutney and toasted brioche whilst Science went for the Smoked trout, smoked mackerel pate and smoked haddock bon bons with sweet corn puree.

Ballotine of foie gras with fig chutney and toasted brioche

Ballotine of foie gras with fig chutney and toasted brioche

 

We settled on the recommended bottle of Malbec and homed in on the bread – the walnut one was delicious, would love the recipe for that! The Serrano and mozzarella appetizers were also a lovely touch. The starters were as expected, well presented and tasty and left us in anticipation of the next course.

Smoked trout, smoked mackerel pate and smoked haddock bon bons with sweet corn puree

Smoked trout, smoked mackerel pate and smoked haddock bon bons with sweet corn puree

 

For our mains, I opted for the amazing sounding Pork fillet wrapped in pancetta, pork belly, cheek, crispy ear with black pudding and sweet potato puree and after quite a bit of deliberation Science chose the Gressingham duck breast with spiced confit duck, sauteed potatoes, beetroot and watercress. Like the starters, the dishes were well presented and hearty, the sort of dish that gives you a gentle hug.

Pork fillet wrapped in pancetta, pork belly, cheek, crispy ear with black pudding and sweet potato puree

Pork fillet wrapped in pancetta, pork belly, cheek, crispy ear with black pudding and sweet potato puree

 

It’s one of those restaurants that makes you feel completely at home (or the home that you’d like to have!), the quiet elegance of the décor is perfectly matched with a menu of quality and finesse and the service timed to perfection. It delivers exactly what is promised and I can see why it’s established itself as a ‘romantic’ restaurant, it’s somewhere you can feel intimate and special without the fuss & nonsense of some of the more ostentatious possibilities.

Gressingham duck breast with spiced confit duck, sauteed potatoes, beetroot and watercress

Gressingham duck breast with spiced confit duck, sauteed potatoes, beetroot and watercress

 

The Stockbridge Restaurant, 54 St Stephen St, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH3 5AL,  0131 226 6766

Making myself at home in the Stockbridge Restaurant

Making myself at home in the Stockbridge Restaurant

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