Tag Archives: Seafood

Anniversary Lunch at Craig Millar @ 16 The West End

After 48 hours of feasting in Fife courtesy of the Fife Tourism Board (more on those foodie adventures to follow) you might’ve thought that would’ve been enough, but then maybe not, my constitution has long been a source of amazement to others. There was actually an occasion to be celebrated, our first wedding anniversary, so […]

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The Sun Inn’s Seafood Festival 27th April-2nd May

I’ve hard lots of great reports about the food at the Sun Inn and bizarrely it’s not that far from where I now live so think this could be the perfect excuse for me to go and try it out for myself!    The festival was first launched two years ago after Chef owner Ian Minto went on […]

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Fish Eatery, Edinburgh – Review

Last week I finally got the chance to try out Chef Jason Wright’s new venture Fish Eatery in Picardy Place. It was a little strange being back in the same restaurant that used to be Mark Greenaway’s and before that Hawke & Hunter, but Jason comes with ‘previous’ (in a good way – Ondine & Steak) so was […]

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Locanda De Gusti – I still say si! Si! SI!

One of my favourite restaurants in Edinburgh to go to with ‘Science’ is Locanda De Gusti – I’ve blogged them a couple of times before (see bottom of page) and we adore Chef/owner Rosario’s fresh and amazing tasting fare, not remotely like any Italian restaurant I’ve eaten in, in the UK! They recently moved away from Broughton […]

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Loch Fyne Restaurant in Newhaven – Loch distinctly average more like

The Loch Fyne brand has always conjured up wonderful images of high quality, fresh Scottish produce in my mind so I had always assumed that dining in one of their restaurants would be a wholesome, robust and tasty affair – oh the folly of assumption! (will I never learn?!) Being the opposite end of town, […]

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Where I’ve been pigging out in recent weeks (Part 1) – yes, really!

I seem to have been eating out so much recently and caught up in the pre-Xmas chaos that I’ve had little time to write things up. So for ease I thought I’d share some pictures of my recent greedy exploits.

I’m ashamed to say that there are actually so many that I’m going to have to split it into 2 posts!

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Steaks at the Smokestack (Guest Blog from Dr Science)

This really sums up the appeal of this restaurant. They have taken the same approach to using quality ingredients, simply and perfectly prepared for years, and kept that formula consistent.

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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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Castle Terrace Tasting Menu – the only place, ever, we didn’t leave a tip!

It’ll be no surprise to hear that our verdict on this place isn’t great. Although the A La Carte menu looked delicious it’s highly unlikely any of us would ever go back to try it. From start to finish the service from the waiting staff was bored and disinterested, often not explaining what we were being served, very rushed or just mumbled so we couldn’t understand it. The lack in variety of the wines (where was the champagne or a sparkling at the very least and a nice rose or even a chilled light red?) and the quality of the food did not make this a £100 per head experience.

SO different from the sumptuous and faultless experience we had when we had at Kitchin. It almost felt that this was aimed at tourists and we were simply ‘cash cows’ and it’s the first time we haven’t left a tip! We were all unanimous on that point! We left feeling totally cheated and headed off with much haste to get a nice bottle of red to fortify our somewhat flagging spirits.

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NOT eating shellfish at The Mussel Inn!

Verdict: The food was good, the service excellent and a was a great taste of the seaside bang in the city-centre. Would I return? If I could eat shellfish Yes, definitely, however as the menu has limited options for non shellfish diners, I could maybe eke out one more visit.

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