Supper at The North Bridge Brasserie (review)

For anyone that’s never been inside The Scotsman Hotel – the decor is just as impressive as the grand exterior would suggest and the North Bridge Brasserie is no exception. It looks like it’s had a little refurb since I was last there with the dining and bar areas changed about, but still keeping exactly the same comfortable yet exclusive feel to it.

North Bridge Brasserie in The Scotsman Hotel

North Bridge Brasserie in The Scotsman Hotel

Being a hotel and right in the heart of Edinburgh’s ‘Old Town’ it’s not somewhere that would ever really enter my head to go to for food, well apart from Afternoon Tea perhaps, but we were invited to go along and try it out so took the opportunity to see what they have to offer.

Despite the distinct air of  grandeur and even in our somewhat less-than-classy attire we were welcomed and the personable staff proved knowledgable and prompt  – the wine, water & bread with dipping oils arrived and our orders taken all with ease and precision. (There’s a restaurant or two who could learn from this simple but so important first impression make or break critical time!)

Ham hock terrine topped with a garden pea panna cotta

For starters Science chose the Potted Ham hock terrine topped with a garden pea panna cotta, cornichon salad, mustard tuille and toasted sour dough bread and highly unusual for me, I went for a soup – but it just sounded so amazing I had to – Jerusalem Artichoke soup with white truffle oil & garlic mushroom fritters.

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Truffle Oil

Starter

For my main I went for the Roast rump of Borders lamb with mutton stovies ….

Main

Roast rump of Borders lamb, mutton stovies, springartichoke barigoule

and Science went for a classic fish & chips (we’d already spotted a few of them going out). The Argentinian Malbec we’d chosen to ‘accompany proceedings’ was going down rather well too.
Fish & Chips

St Mungos beer battered fish of the day with chunky chips and tartare sauce

I was pretty stuffed but thought we’d take advantage so desserts it was – for me a Sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and clotted cream ice cream and for Science a Hot dark chocolate mousse.

Sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch sauce and clotted cream ice cream and Hot dark chocolate mousse with toasted marshmallow ice cream and crunchy milk rocks

Sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch sauce and clotted cream ice cream and Hot dark chocolate mousse with toasted marshmallow ice cream and crunchy milk
rocks

The food was excellent, well thought out, tasty and beautifully presented in the perfect portion sizes. The decor is stunning but comfortable and the staff delightful. It may be a place that other locals tend to forget about too but it should definitely be considered as a classy city centre dining venue.

(The food bill was taken care of but all the prices were in line with the location and quality.)

North Bridge Brasserie, 20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1TR  0131 622 2900

 

 

 

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