Like its elder sibling The Kitchin
, this cool contemporary dining room in a Georgian townhouse beneath Edinburgh Castle Mound also touts a Michelin red gong – thanks to its “truly creative and innovative” chef/patron Dominic Jack. ‘From nature to plate’ is the now-familiar sloagan, and raw materials of distinguished provenance go into starters ranging from hand-dived Orkney scallops with a light curry sauce to breaded veal kidney from Rungis market served with celery, mustard and mushrooms. Meanwhile, “every mouthful is considered” when it comes to clear-flavoured mains such as roast North Sea monkfish wrapped in Ayrshire ham alongside sweet pepper marmalade and pink fir apple potatoes or saddle of Stobo Estate roe deer with celeriac, apple and caramelised walnuts. To conclude, a veritable galaxy of smile-inducing desserts might feature anything from caramel soufflé with chocolate ganache and popcorn ice cream to Blacketyside Farm raspberries with nougatine parfait and crispy doughnut. Staff are “absolutely second to none”, great-value lunch packages are “worth a visit” and there are some excellent food-matching possibilities on the high-value wine list.
UK Top 100 Restaurants
Square Meal’s Best Restaurants in the UK 2015 is compiled using votes from our annual survey, last conducted in May and June 2015. Thousands of readers and bloggers took part and the results were moderated by the Square Meal editor and his nationwide team of professional reviewers. The survey does not ask for or include any restaurants in London. Click here for a full list of Square Meal’s Best Restaurants in the UK.
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StreetSmart works with over 500 restaurants nationwide by adding £1 to every bill throughout November and December, which is donated to local homeless charities.