Badger & Co – Restaurant Review

I was invited to go and try out Edinburgh’s, recently opened, Badger & Co and I’d been hearing great things so was very happy to oblige! Not to mention the last time I was inside the building it was an office so I was very curious to see how it’d converted into a Bar and Eatery.

Bacon Wrapped Scallops, Scallop Roe Salsa, Cauliflower Puree

Bacon Wrapped Scallops, Scallop Roe Salsa, Cauliflower Puree

First impressions are everything and it didn’t disappoint, deceptively minimal design but making the most of period features and with quirky artwork it feels comfortable and elegant. It was Monday night so it wasn’t overly busy but that didn’t detract from the atmosphere, without stopping and actually looking around you wouldn’t notice.

Sauteed Wild Mushrooms, Toasted Brioche, Roasted Garlic & Chervil Butter

Sauteed Wild Mushrooms, Toasted Brioche, Roasted Garlic & Chervil Butter

The menu was right up my street with pan-seared ox tongue with wilted greens & horseradish bonbon and sauteed wild mushrooms on toasted brioche with a roast garlic & chervil butter vying for top spot as my starter, (although the duck a blood orange pate also sounded rather good). Bees had no problems plumping for the bacon-wrapped scallops with a scallop roe salsa and cauliflower puree. OMG that garlic and chervil butter was to die for and would also be amazing with snails – this was the best starter I’ve had in a while, I’ll be hard pushed not to order that again next time I go, creature of habit that I am.

Roast Rack of Borders lamb, Wild Garlic Pesto, Parmesan Polenta and Minted Peas

Roast Rack of Borders lamb, Wild Garlic Pesto, Parmesan Polenta and Minted Peas

Again, I had a difficult choice with my mains – this time between a roast rack of Borders lamb with wild garlic pesto, Parmesan polenta and minted peas or the 11oz Aberdeen Angus bavette, marinated in red wine. It was lucky I’d had roast pork the day before otherwise the twice cooked Ayrshire pork belly with herby new potatoes, yellow tomato relish and char-grilled asparagus would’ve confused matters even more. In the end, I went for the lamb and Bees the beef – excellent, I got to try both, and they were very, very good! The lamb and garlic pesto was delicious, I’ve never been much of a fan of polenta, and I’m still not, but we’d also ordered the triple cooked beef dripping chips, which also made an excellent companion. The beef was really tasty, well seasoned, and I think will be on my order list next time.

Aberdeen Angus Bavette, Marinated in Red Wine

Aberdeen Angus Bavette, Marinated in Red Wine

I’m not really a dessert person but there was an intriguing sounding banoffee crumble with candied walnuts and nutmeg cream on the menu so we decided to go halfers, along with a cheese selection to round off the meal. The crumble was divine – they weren’t giving any secrets away but I’m still planning on experimenting back home to see if I can recreate it.

There wasn’t a massive selection of wines to be had by the glass but the Chilean Merlot was very serviceable and Bees didn’t seem to have any problems with her Pinot Grigio. Next time I fully intend to explore the wine list properly.

Banoffee Crumble with Nutmeg Cream and a Cheese Selection

Banoffee Crumble with Nutmeg Cream and a Cheese Selection

It’s probably pretty clear from this that I’m fully intending on returning soon, everything was well considered and ‘easy’ and most importantly damned tasty, great to see so much seasonal and local produce speaking for itself. I’m especially keen to try the Private Dining room out as well – think it’ll be a welcome addition to Edinburgh’s small collection of quality PD restaurants. I heartily recommend it, if you haven’t tried it yet.

Although this meal was complimentary, Badger & Co is excellent value – Starters £5-£7.50, Mains £8.50-£16.50, Desserts £6-£8. Right feeling hungry now after re-living that, time to go get myself something to eat, pronto! I also need to add Chervil to my new herb garden.

Badger & Co, 32 Castle Street, Edinburgh

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www.badgerandco.com

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