Monday, 5 May 2014

Edinburgh is Delicious: Stockbridge Restaurant

The Stockbridge Restaurant is one of those wee gems that hide beneath the streets of St Stephen Street.  If you take a trip down the leafy steps, guided down with fairy lights on the bannisters, you’ll find a warm, inviting room – small but perfectly formed for romantic meals and small gatherings.  D├ęcor is of the dark wood, fireplace, heavy curtains, tasteful art and candlelit tables kind – formal but still relaxed.  It was our last catch up before some rather Big Events in our lives (Jane’s of the epic holiday sort, Katey’s of the epic wedding sort) and it was the perfect environment for the two of us to enjoy some fizz and excellent food whilst chatting the night away.

As we both had a lot on, it was not a heavy night of drinking we had planned so instead of ordering a bottle or two, we did things the classy way, and simply ordered a glass of fizz and a bellini.  Browsing the menu, we were impressed with the choices on both the a la carte menu and the weekday set menu, which is a very reasonable 2 courses for £19.95 and 3 courses for £23.95. Also impressive was their use of local produce throughout their menu (such as I.J. Mellis and Bowers the Butcher very literally down the road).  Looking at the starters, the braised ox cheek on offer with the set menu with horseradish creamed potato and onion rings sounded pretty tempting but we both ended up choosing from the a la carte menu (though it is possible to mix and match).  Whilst waiting for them to arrive, bread appeared – white, brown and olive with butter and a chive and chervil dip, along with an amuse bouche of Serrano ham, mozzarella, spring onions, balsamic and herb oil.  It was a delicious pairing.  Soon after, the starters arrived and we were thoroughly pleased with our choices.  The seared scallops were meltingly soft and paired perfectly with the acidity of the tomato vinaigrette and the rabbit loin with tagliatelle and mushrooms was tasty and well-seasoned with the buttery pasta.

Our main courses were equally as pleasing – Gressingham duck breast with duck confit spring roll, savoy cabbage and bacon and potato terrine was beautifully presented and deliciously moist and everything duck should be on a plate.  The pork fillet wrapped in pancetta with pork belly, cheeks, black pudding and crispy pig ear, with celeriac puree was a lot of pig on a plate!  The chef had created a medley of textures and tastes and the dish worked beautifully.   We had excellent service through, with Jane, the very lovely proprietor, giving good wine recommendations for a glass or two with our meals.  The dishes were perfectly timed, so that dessert belly kicked in and we decided to share a chocolate plate with our coffees – a chocolate brulee with chocolate brownie, white chocolate mousse and milk chocolate ice cream.  Some rather wonderful passion fruit ice cream appeared as a palate cleanser before we embarked upon coffees, served with divine petit fours (a dessert within itself) and the delightful pudding.  

The Stockbridge Restaurant is an Edinburgh diamond, understated but glamorous.  We left very full, very happy and very keen to come back again!  

The very pretty steps on St Stephens Street

Some fizz to enjoy with olive, brown & white bread, with a chive & chervil dip

Amuse bouche of Serrano ham, mozzarella and herb oil

Seared scallops with cherry tomatoes, aubergine and tomato vinaigrette

Rabbit loin wrapped in Serrano ham with wild mushrooms and tagliatelle

Perfectly cooked Gressingham duck breast and confit spring roll with savoy cabbage, bacon and potato terrine

A medley of pork - fillet wrapped in pancetta with pork belly, cheeks, black pudding and crispy ear

Palate cleansing passion fruit ice cream before dessert

Coffee and petit fours - rocky road, chocolate mints, coconut truffles and chocolate biscuits

Chocolate brulee with brownie, white chocolate mousse and milk chocolate ice cream

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