Review of The Royal Scots Club's Dining room
17th October 2011
Highlights of the write-up:
The room, overlooking Queen Street Gardens, is one of the finest rooms in Edinburgh, filled with classical Georgian features such as huge, ornate-carved door frames and splendid windows, with illuminated glass cabinets filled with sparkling regimental silverware.
Waiting staff, wearing tartan waistcoats, are friendly and efficient, and every task is carried out with a sense of cheerful purpose.
To start I ordered a warm goats cheese salad while my companion opted for smoked salmon. My starter was superb. The goats cheese, just starting to melt, was served on a thick oatcake with a good dollop of caramelised tangy red onion chutney and a spicy rocket salad. Delicious.The salmon, served with lots of thickly-buttered brown bread, lemon and freshly-cracked pepper had a delicious smoky flavour and a nice, flaky texture which suggested it had come from a fish merchant rather than a packet.
For the main course, the vegetarian option of mushroom ravioli with pesto cream sauce took my friend’s fancy while the venison steak with red currant sauce was too hard for me to resist. My steak, two fine cuts of venison, was nicely pink and tender without being bloody. It came with a generous portion of potatoes and a good selection of fresh vegetables.
The ravioli was a hit as the parcels of pasta were a good size and filled with tender mushrooms. The pesto/mushroom combination of flavours worked surprisingly well.
I tucked into a gorgeous home-made ice-cream terrine which had layers of different flavoured ice creams including a wonderful toffee, all served with colourful autumnal fruits.
My companion chose cheese and biscuits and received a nice selection of Scottish and continental cheeses including a very moreish, tangy blue.
A pdf version of the article can be found here, and a link to the online version of the article here.