It’s all too easy to ignore hotel restaurants, but if you’re looking for casual dining in a relaxed, lively setting, ignoring the Angel’s Share would be a mistake.
A beautiful Friday evening at the end of July saw my dining partner and I seated in a booth inside this contemporary and wonderfully airy restaurant with a guitarist playing a range of gentle music featuring everything from The Monkeys to Ed Sheerin.
Our drinks were swiftly served by our attentive, friendly waitress and we were left to peruse the menu at leisure. My dining partner chose the roast artichokes, served with sautéed mushrooms, garlic spinach and tomato chilli sauce and I opted for the pork belly. The pork belly was melt-in-the-mouth tender and the artichoke was welcomingly refreshing on a balmy evening. Both dishes were under-seasoned, but this was easily remedied with the salt and pepper set on the table.
We were both tempted by the lamb as a main course and neither of us was disappointed. The lamb was served as ordered, pink, and cooked in a Middle Eastern style, with harissa sauce, mint cucumber yoghurt, roast sweet potato, pistachio spinach and smoked aubergine puree. The flavours were perfectly combined, the pistachio in the spinach gave a wonderful texture and I would happily have eaten a bowl of the smoked aubergine on toast. My only minor criticism would be that the sweet potatoes weren’t peeled, but I know that some people prefer them with skins on.
For dessert I chose the lime cheesecake and my partner opted for the chocolate torte. The cheesecake was sweeter than I would have imagined and slightly lacking in the zesty punch of lime with a base a little solid for my liking, but neither of these prevented me from finishing the dish. The filling of the chocolate torte was a rich, indulgent, deep bitter chocolate delight. If I’m going to be really fussy the base of the torte could have been a little crisper, but I don’t think even Mary Berry would have considered it a soggy bottom!
The ambience in the restaurant was as cheerful and vibrant as the weather outside, the waiting staff were relaxed and friendly and we’d recommend The Angel’s Share as a venue for a fun evening with friends.
Address: 9-11 Hope Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4EL
Telephone: 0131 247 7000
Website: Angels Share Edinburgh