Monday 27 July 2015

Blackfriars, Edinburgh

When deciding where to eat in Edinburgh, as usual, I turned to my trusty Michelin Guide to see what the city had to offer. Including Castle Terrace (which was already “on the list” thanks to a friend’s recommendation), the Scottish capital boasts five starred restaurants. Customarily, “ticking off” the starred places would be high on my agenda but then I saw Blackfriars in the listings.

The menu represents just what I want from a restaurant these days – a short menu offering “honest, produce-driven cooking served with care’ and, even better, just £18.50 for 3 courses! We all know, when food is simple it has to be perfect… and it was!

A starter of cured sea trout was perfectly balanced with the zesty dressing, radish and fennel; house-made black pudding and lamb meatloaf were a hearty delight and a whole grilled mackerel looked fabulous on the plate, a sharp rhubarb relish adding vibrancy.

What Michelin say, ‘Hidden behind the castle is this intimate, nature-themed, neighbourhood restaurant, which is well run by its experienced owners. Produce is seasonal and dishes take their influences from around the world; the local game is a must-try.

Soda Bread – with treacle added to the dough for a robust earthy taste

Cured sea trout, radish, lemon, fennel

Our black pudding, fried egg, toast, parsley, capers

Whole grilled mackerel, rhubarb, leaves, potatoes

Lamb meatloaf, pearl barley, hispi cabbage

Churros, chocolate

With warm and friendly service to boot, Blackfriars was an absolute joy of a place to visit - the type of place I wish was at the end of my road. 

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