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Once settled into a cosy corner our waitress for the evening expertly guided us through the wine list and made excellent recommendations based on our tastes even though my dining partner and I couldn’t be more different as far as wine selection is concerned.
A choice of scallops as a starter saw the subtle earthiness of cauliflower and saltiness of bacon bring out the delicate sweetness of the silky scallops, although the bacon, because it was streaky, could have been a little crisper.
The harissa ketchup accompanying the deep fried squid selected as our other starter gave a warmth and depth to the dish at the same time as creating a contrast to the crispy batter – hats off to the chef!
Halibut is always a winner in my opinion and so it proved as a main course at Monteiths. The fish was cooked to perfection with a rich velvety sauce that was so good I was sorely tempted to steel my dining partner’s plate. The fish was accompanied by crispy kale in brown butter. I’m no fan of kale, but I’m reliably informed that it was delicious.
Our other selection for a main course was lobster with an accompaniment of duck fat chips. Although the meat of the lobster was well cooked, I would have liked something to enhance its flavour further, but that could equally be attributed to me not paying enough attention to the details when ordering. The varying sizes of the wild mushrooms with roasted garlic in one of the side dishes meant that some of the mushrooms were overcooked, whilst others were slightly firm, but a side dish of chips decadently cooked in duck fat was a real winner.
For dessert we chose a crème brulee with scotch whisky and a chocolate mousse. The whisky flavour of the crème brulee was somewhat elusive, which isn’t a bad thing in my opinion, but unfortunately so was the rich indulgence of heady vanilla. The chocolate mousse was also a bit disappointing, being slightly oily and served with a tuille which was burnt in one corner.
The staff at Monteiths are friendly, knowledgeable and attentive and the edgy yet cosy modern décor is comfortable and welcoming.
Address: 61 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR
Telephone: 0131 557 0330
Website: Monteiths Edinburgh