Great service, wonderful views, delicious food and a lovely ambiance – I think Twenty Princes Street is firmly on my list of favourite restaurants.
Value for money
A rather miserable evening in June did nothing to detract from the spectacular views across Princes Street to Edinburgh Castle when we were seated at our table for what turned out to be an absolutely wonderful dining experience.
The menu at Twenty Princes Street is one where you struggle in a good way – so many things were so tempting, but we eventually settled on mussels in a Thai style lemon grass broth and scallops, followed by a sirloin steak and seabream.
The mussels where soft and delicate in an aromatic broth with a gentle kick of spice so delicious I would happily have had it served as a soup. The scallops were perfectly seared with a pea puree and oil from chorizo complimenting their sweetness, whilst texture was brought to the dish with chickpea popcorn.
I was delighted that my steak, cooked on a Josper grill, was actually served as ordered, blue, and even more delighted that the accompanying peppercorn sauce was rich, warm and sweet, rather than the bitter sharpness so often served. The dish was accompanied by triple cooked chips – perfection – and a lightly dressed rocket salad.
Table-side service of dining partner’s salt and herb baked seabream showed off the waiter’s skills in plating as he expertly filleted the fish, and the taste was a testament to the chef. The dish was served with a warm kale and potato salad, which was sufficient enough to make the delicious string fries somewhat redundant.
It would almost be criminal not to order a dessert when reviewing a restaurant (that’s my excuse) and we were thrilled that we did. The dark chocolate and basil fondant was a combination I’ve not tried before. The sweet, balmy flavour of the warm basil mouse enhanced the rich, earthy warmness of the dark chocolate and is definitely a combination I’ll be returning to.
My dining partner was intrigued by a dessert described as tea and biscuits. The dish, in a glass cup and saucer, was served alongside a small jug of cream, which, when poured through a tea strainer created the theatre of dry ice before creating an unctuous layer of delicate cream flavour over the Rooibos infused panna cotta – an absolute triumph of imagination and execution!
Although the décor pays homage to the age of the building, the modern styling creates a warm and contemporary feel and the views of Edinburgh are sure to impress locals and visitors alike. The staff were attentive and friendly without being intrusive.
If we haven’t managed to tempt you already, there are frequent offers available at: Twenty Princes Street Offers
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Twenty Princes Street and we’ll definitely be back.
Address: Twenty Princes Street, 20 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AS
Telephone: 0131 652 7370
Website: Twenty Princes Street
As you can tell, we loved 20 Princes Street, rating it 4.5.
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