SquareMeal Review of
There’s something rather special about Dominic Jack’s contemporary dining room in a Georgian townhouse beneath Edinburgh Castle Mound. Like its elder sibling The Kitchin, Castle Terrace is the real deal: the food is out of the top drawer, service seldom misses a beat, and there are treasures galore on the high-value wine list. ‘From nature to plate’ is the now-familiar mantra, and raw materials of distinguished provenance go into starters ranging from a tartare of Shetland salmon ‘served sushi style’ to a pâté ‘en croûte’ of roe deer from Stobo Estate, served with pear, prune and port. Every detail is also spot-on when it comes to clear-flavoured mains such as roast monkfish wrapped in Ayrshire ham with peas à la française or stuffed Inverurie rabbit accompanied by smoked aubergine, fennel and basil gnocchi. To conclude, a veritable galaxy of smile-inducing desserts might feature anything from dark chocolate and orange delice to strawberry pannacotta with vanilla and yoghurt sorbet. Great-value lunch packages are worth a punt, and engaging staff make everyone feel valued.