Castle Terrace is renowned as being one of Edinburgh's top restaurants, with a Michelin Star and glittering reviews no matter where you look.
We were offered canapes to have with our cocktails while we pondered our choices.
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My first course was the Lamb. Crispy braised lamb shoulder with chickpea, pickled garlic, roasted red pepper and coriander.
I was really blown away- with all of our courses- that underneath all the art, all the glitz and glamour, the food felt and tasted... homely. The lamb was meaty and with the texture of lovely moist pulled pork, the crunchy outer shell was married perfectly. The pea and veg combination underneath induced sensations of being at home, warm and loved: 'Like a big hug'. It was understated. I apologise if the descriptions become a little airy-fairy, but this was an emotion-evoking meal!
K's Spelt: risotto of spelt with braised octopus, tomato and basil. I had a taste of this and was literally thrown back in my seat, I had never experienced anything like the intensity of flavour packed into one tiny morsel of food! Food envy: level 12!
Our mains: K and I chose, not only what we wanted but also to make sure we got different courses from each other so we could see and taste as many options as possible. Initially I was going to have the beef: Scotch beef with ox tongue pastilla, asparagus and basil gnocchi, but K mentioned she wanted it. She then pointed out that the Plaice came with chips, which was bizarre, because as I was walking to the restaurant, I passed a burger joint and looked through the window to see piles of chips on every table and despite walking to a very 'posh' restaurant, all I could think of was crispy golden chips. So I decided... I'm going to have fish n chips: Michelin Starred Fish n Chips! Poached fillet of North Sea Plaice with chips and sauce bearnaise.
It certainly was a beautiful dish! Architectural without being poncy. The fish was as delicate as...as... it was so delicate and subtle, but within the subtlety a meatiness came through, and I think it was this meatiness that supported the big chunky chips. I had an internal argument whereby I was trying to figure out if I wished the chips where crisper, but I don't think having a strong crunch would have worked, I think the contrasts would have been too great. The bearnaise was lovely. I just have a slight inkling that this dish could have used one... more... element. What that last element would be, I'm not sure, but this was 95% excellent.
K's meal on the other hand, was perfection. This meal, in one mouthful both transfixed me and transported me, as I mentioned with my first course, this meal had essence of home. I couldn't tell you which part, the beef or the sauce of the ox tongue pillow, or the combination of it all, but the effect it had on me was... moving.
For dessert, we both wanted Cheese. And who wouldn't when the dreamy cheese cart looked like this.
After we were finished we were invited to have a seat in the lounge for coffees and sweets. My first taste of macaron was certainly one to remember, the coffee was perfect.
I left today's lunch with an insatiable giddiness and goofy grin that I couldn't wipe off my face. I think now I understand what a Michelin Star stands for and means. A dining experience like this, with beautiful food that tastes and feels amazing, knowledgeable staff that make you feel welcome, like a guest in their home... experiences like this are rare, and perfect.
...once again, apologies for the over-fluffy adjectives, I really couldn't help it.