Tag Archives: Fine Dining

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 […]

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A colourful (& easy) smoked salmon with claw crabmeat recipe

If you’re anything like me, the recent Spring weather may have turned your thoughts to lighter sunnier dishes (and bbqs). So, when the lovely people from Aberdeenshire’s John Ross Jr Smoked Salmon offered me a beautiful looking, fine dining restaurant-quality recipe for the website I was more than happy to share it. (I only wished […]

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Dining at the Pass at One Square at The Sheraton

Being a food blogger it’s fair to say a lot of invitations come my way, and I have to say, this was a corker…… An opportunity to dine in the kitchen at the pass at One Square, with fellow foodies Hilary Sturzaker, @mymonkfish, Danielle Ellis, @EdinburghFoody and Erica Douglas, @erica. On offer was a 7 course tasting menu […]

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a cheeky lunch at Galvin Brasserie De Luxe

Since it’s opening, I’d been desperate to try the Galvin Brasserie De Luxe, part of the recent and extensive refurb at the Waldorf Caledonian Hotel, (especially with chef Craig Sandle at the helm – my mouth waters just recalling an amazing day foraging with him in Perthshire and the delicious al fresco lunch he prepared). Along with […]

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Michelin Chef Jeremy Wares Hosts Charity dinner for Parkinsons – 8th Nov

Hmmm,  I can’t wait for this –  a cocktails & oysters reception (I can look at the oysters even if I can’t eat them!) followed by a 4 course meal paired with wines, each cooked by a top chef – one for serious foodies! (& don’t worry for those who can’t make it, I’ll be […]

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Champagne & sharing platters – The Pommery Bar in The Signet Library

When a friend, who happens to be doing the PR for the pop-up Pommery Champagne Bar, asked if I fancied going to try it out with her one evening, I was hardly going to refuse! A chance for a good catch-up and to sample some tasty Scottish produce and all washed down with bubbles? Thanking […]

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The Mulroy, in Edinburgh’s West End, this could be my new favourite Restaurant!

It was exquisite, every single last morsel. Clever, exciting food combinations and elegant presentation created one of my favourite dining experiences to date. The noises that we were emitting could have been construed to be highly indecent but we couldn’t stop and our smiles didn’t fade all afternoon. In fact our boss and his wife were planning their visit for the very next day.

I can’t wait to go back and try the a la carte menu along with a more generous helping of the old red stuff to wash it down. I can’t recommend you try this find heartily enough and at £13.50 for 2 courses on the lunch time menu it’s an absolute steal! Just don’t expect a highly effusive greeting, service or farewell!

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Lunch at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (Queen Street)

All in all, the service was uber-polite, the food was robust, well presented and of hearty proportions but for me it was just lacking the ‘wow factor’ I’d been expecting. Would I go again? Yes, if I was with a real Whisky fan who hadn’t been before and if it wasn’t coming out of my pocket. There are other restaurants in the same price bracket nearby with more character and a personable feel that I would choose ahead.

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The Plumed Horse Tasting Menu (with wines of course :o)

To summarise, a lovely meal with great company, the surroundings were calming, comfortable and not detracting from the food, the staff were excellent, uber-polished but very open to a bit of banter from the more ‘raucous’ of the group! The food was good – well presented, well cooked and very tasty and apart from the one course that wasn’t to our taste, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. They were also very generous with the wine with each course. At £65 per head & £45pp for the complimenting wines it’s on a par with the other Edinburgh based Michelin starred restaurants. I would definitely go again but would go A la carte and stick with red meats and wine, the carnivore that I am!

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The Honours – a new Brasserie from Martin Wishart

The Verdict – when can I go back? I think The Honours is going to set a new standard for Brasserie style dining in Edinburgh, high quality food, exceptional service in a relaxed modern environment. The prices were very reasonable – I’ve often paid more for totally substandard experiences in other places. At no point were we rushed and nothing was too much trouble for the staff with their ready smiles and clear eagerness and pride in this venture! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it and would definitely think about returning for the Prix Fixe or Pre Theatre offerings. With over 1400 bookings until the end of August already in the diary, I’d recommend getting on the blower as soon as you can!

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