Cocktails & Asian Fusion at Treacle

Last Thursday night saw the official launch of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and we had preview tickets to see Camille, although that is an entirely different story in itself!

Rhubarb Spritz (front)

Rhubarb Spritz (front)

I’d been invited along to Treacle to sample a couple of cocktails and some food, and with my ‘bed & board’ for the night being just round the corner, we took the opportunity to try it out – it’s often been a nightcap stop & I wouldn’t necessarily have thought of it as a place to eat so always good to broaden my horizons!

Sharing Platter

Sharing Platter

On arrival we met the Manager, Mike, who gave us a run through of food & cocktail menus, and I have to say, we were pretty impressed with the options on both! I’ve also been inspired to have a go at my own rhubarb gin and beetroot vodka/whisky – got loads of ideas from our chat!

Honey & Soy Pak Choi with Water Chestnuts & Toasted Cashews

Honey & Soi Pak Choi with Water Chestnuts & Toasted Cashews

We started with a couple of cocktails from their new Summer Collection – a Rhubarb Spritz (rhubarb infused Hendrick’s, Aperol, Martini Rosato, Rose Syrup, lemon, soda & Prosecco) for me, and Bees had an Eastern Highball (Bombay Saphire, lemon & house batch Ginseng, Kaffir lime & lemongrass soda).

The menu was pretty extensive so we went for the recommended sharing platter with crispy coconut chicken, craft ale battered prawns, pok pok chicken wings, sweet potato chips, sticky plum dip and red chilli & mint verdita. Then added a couple of sides, toasted coconut & cauliflower tempura with a sweet & sour chilli glaze, a honey & soy glazed pak choi with water chestnuts and toasted cashews and the intriguing sounding crying tiger dip!

Coconut & Cauliflower Tempura

Coconut & Cauliflower Tempura

Winners for me were the coconut chicken, the cauliflower tempura and the fabby crying tiger dip, although it was all tasty!

Our second cocktails came from their main drinks menu, and I had …And The Beet Goes On, quite possibly the best cocktail I’ve ever tasted – Jack Daniel’s, Cassis, smashed beetroot, fresh lemon, apple & grapefruit sherbet.

Bees went for the very pretty looking , ‘Flowering Pot’ (Hendrick’s, Violette, lemon and Hibiscus pink peppercorn infused Noilly Prat.

...And The Beet Goes On & The Flowering Pot

…And The Beet Goes On & The Flowering Pot

Unfortunately we had to neck our last cocktails & head off to our show but will definitely be back for more.

The only downside was that it was a bit like sitting in a disco, and it wasn’t late, maybe that’s just another sign I’m turning in to a grumpy old woman and to be fair it was a slightly younger/trendier crowd.

Treacle39-41 Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3JU
0131 557 0627

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