We had an amazing couple of days in the Scottish capital. It's such a wonderful city that I'm only sorry that we couldn't be there longer.
Food wise (and anyone who reads this blog will know that it is the main wise there is when it comes to my travels) the main event was a lunch at Tom Kitchin's place in Leith so a more detailed account of that to follow. Here, then, are a few other quick notes.
The Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile is well worth a trip if you have a passing interest. Yes, it's a wee bit touristy, a wee bit gimmicky, but I for one loved the fact that we got to ride on whisky barrels while learning about how the spirit is made. And the bar at the end is amazing - so many different whiskies by the glass to try!
We went for a dinner at The Witchery - also on the Royal Mile. No photos I'm afraid - I know readers will be used to a high standard of photography on this blog and the ambient candle light, while beautiful, was not conducive. The food here was really excellent: my monkfish with cumin spiced lentils and curry veloute was a particular highlight. We had a bit of an issue with service - our starters took nearly an hour to emerge from the kitchen - but they were knocked off the bill with nary a murmur. Things happen in professional kitchens, and as long as they are dealt with appropriately then I am not going to hold it against a restaurant, especially when the food is of a good standard. We told the maitre d' that we would happily return and we meant it.
More excellent food the following morning - at Mimi's Bakehouse in Leith. A truly AWESOME breakfast - D went for a bacon and black pudding roll which turned out to be the size of a mini submarine:
While I partook of French toast with sausages and roasted vine tomatoes which I am desperate to recreate at home:
The cakes here looked like things of very great beauty indeed and if it hadn't been for the fact that we had to roll out of The Kitchin later that day we would have headed back to get a cheeky slice to enjoy for supper. And there was bunting! And lovely, smiley staff who plied us with tea. If you find yourself in Leith then get yourself along here for a real life taste of the Great British Bake Off.