Lunch at Castle Terrace – Review

I was lucky to be invited along to a bloggers lunch at Castle Terrace Restaurant this week along with Danielle, Edinburgh Foody, Olivia, Oh! Taste and Emma Foodie Explorers. We were invited to see the changes from refurbishment earlier in the year, sample the menu and go behind the scenes. We were hosted by the Group’s (Kitchin, Castle Terrace & Scran & Scallie) Philippe, Director of Food & Beverage and Holly, the group’s Restaurant Coordinator.

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Chef Patron Dominic Jack in action at the pass

It’s been a long time since I was last at Castle Terrace, this is because unfortunately, we didn’t have such a great experience all those years ago, however, I’m delighted to say that my opinion has been totally reversed after our delightful lunch on Tuesday.

Canapes

Beetroot and goat’s cheese biscuit, Salt cod barbajuan & Caesar Salad

Appetiser

Panna cotta of Arbroath smokie

Starter

Braised black faced lamb from Sheriffmuir with aubergine and apricot

Main

Ayrshire pork with sauteed ‘Mayan Gold’ potatoes, mushrooms and tarragon

Cheese

A selection of French & British cheeses

Dessert

Profiterole of Blacketyside Farm strawberries with a lime parfait

Vanilla creme brulee

Chocolate and orange pave with orange sorbet

Coffee & Petit Fours

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Canapes and Lamb Starter

Yes, we did try ALL the desserts!

The canapes were lovely – the Caesar Salad is a taste explosion. The Panna cotta was quirky and fun. The Lamb starter that I chose was sensational – I would happily eat that every day of the week. The pork, as with all the dishes, was beautifully presented and delicious. The cheeses – often my favourite course – were fabulous and as for the dessert, ‘oh my!’

The expertly paired wines with each course were a triumph – if only every Tuesday was like this!

Pork, Ling and Skate Mains

Pork, Ling and Skate Mains

The new restaurant layout works well, softened by the addition of some round tables, beautiful wallpaper that begs you to touch it, a warming fire and clever Edinburgh Castle artwork on the wall which gives you a real sense of a view on to the iconic monument.

Cheese!!!

Cheese!!!

The visit into the kitchen was an eye-opener – I felt like I was in the middle of a Gordon Ramsay or Masterchef show as the brigade shouted “oui Chef!” time and again. It’s clearly a well-oiled ‘machine’ and watching Chef Patron Dominic Jack inspecting and making any necessary finishing touches to every single dish before it left the pass was impressive. The wine cellar was amazing – I’d happily have eaten my lunch surrounded by all those amazing bottles – over 300 different wines, some topping a whopping £3k! (Thankfully plenty at a more modest price-point too)

Desserts and Petit Fours

Desserts and Petit Fours

Philippe and Holly were excellent hosts and it’s fair to say this was an exceptional dining experience all round. I will definitely be returning.

Castle Terrace Restaurant, 33-35 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2EL

@CastleTerraceEd

 

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2 Responses to “Lunch at Castle Terrace – Review”

  1. June 24, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

    Those pictures, delicious!

    • Nadine
      June 24, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

      It was good wasn’t it – lucky us! 🙂

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