|Value for money|
Thistle Street is one of our favourite places to visit. It’s got great shops – ALC, Jane Davidson, Kakao by K and Pam Jenkins – and some great restaurants – Fishers, Cafe Marlayne, Cafe St Honore and, of course, Iris.
Any Iris restaurant review is going to major on what comes out of the kitchen. It’s difficult to put a name to the style of food in Iris because it’s so eclectic, with some dishes being French classics and others with a oriental twist, but it’s not the worse for that. As a starter I opted for the scallops with boudin noir (French black pudding) and pea puree. The sweetness of the luscious, perfectly seared scallops against the deep almost earthy taste of the boudin noir is a combination that never fails to in my opinion and the pea puree added more than its visual effect to the dish.
As a main course, I had sea bass en papillote. The sea bass was cooked with hot ginger and lemongrass prawns and I was intrigued to see whether the stronger flavours would overpower the taste of the fish or enhance it. Hats off to the chef for this one! The ginger and lemongrass were subtle enough to let the flavour of the fish shine through, whilst still strong enough to give a deeply warming oriental flavour. To accompany my fish I had chips which were thin, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and the texture made the perfect accompaniment to the delicate fish.
The restaurant has modern, comfortable decor, and the staff are friendly and attentive even though we visited on a Friday night during the Edinburgh Festival.
Address: 47a Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DY
Telephone: 0131 220 2111
Website: Iris Edinburgh
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