Review: Fahrenheit Restaurant at Genting Casino, Fountainpark, Edinburgh
8 months AGOIain Fenwick
I’ve eaten at Fahrenheit Restaurant before on a few occasions, and for those of you who have read my previous reviews, you will know that I am a big fan. It still troubles me that there is a pre-conception that because it is in a casino, it can’t possibly be that good, well you would be wrong. Fahrenheit is consistently good, and if you are looking to expand your dining horizons, then you might just be surprised!
My dining companion for the evening was Ailidh Forlan, who as well as being a friend, is also known as Plate Expectations, a keen blogger and big foodie. The format for the evening was to try out the Festive Menu and their new cocktails.
The restaurant is located to the side of the gaming area, but don’t let that put you off. It is not intrusive, and you can enjoy an intimate dining experience. It is a little quirky, but I like it. We were met by Steven Cameron, the F&B Manager, and our server for the evening was Amy. Seated in a booth, we ordered our first cocktail and waited for our starters. What lay ahead was 12 courses and 6 cocktails! This was going to be fun!
Potted Hot Smoked Salmon and Crayfish (GF) with a Fennel and Cucumber Slaw Minestrone
Chicken Liver Parfait with Cranberry, Onion Chutney and Toast
Goat's Cheese (V) (GF) with Fruits of the Forest, Balsamic Glaze and Pomegranate
Ok, so pâté is not the most exciting of dishes, it is safe, but it was still very nice, the chutney was a great accompaniment. The Potted Crayfish however, was excellent, really tasty, perfectly seasoned, and to be honest, I could have eaten 2 of them! 12 courses Iain, 12 courses! For the veggie option, the warm goat's cheese was fantastic! A beautifully soft texture with a creaminess that was offset by the sharp glaze and sweet compote.
Roast Fillet of Cod with a Lemon Crust, Braised Fennel and Hollandaise Sauce
I tend to eat fish more than anything else, cod is a classic, and this was a very tasty dish. The lemon crust was a nice touch, and the fennel was the perfect addition to the plate. There was a good balance of flavour and a nice contrast in textures, so if fish is the dish for you, then you will not be disappointed.
Slow-Cooked Beef (GF) with Roasted Shallot Purée, Chestnut Mushrooms and a Red Wine Sauce
Christmas is not just about the bird! Nowadays more and more people are happy to buck tradition and stick with what they like, and why not! Slow cooked beef, who doesn't like that? A beautifully tender bit of beef from Henderson's Butcher in Glenrothes, yes, provenance is important at Fahrenheit, and Henderson's is one of the best butchers in the country. This was a very well cooked dish, maybe better for the sauce to be served separately, however, I was impressed, and the shallot purée was a nice touch. The mash was fantastic, definitely the best way to have your potatoes with slow cooked beef, and the veg was cooked to perfection.
Pan Roasted Crispy Lamb (GF) with Garlic, Rosemary and Minted Greens
If I was to choose from the menu, I would have gone for the lamb, so this was the dish I was looking forward to most. It did not let me down either. This was an exceptional dish, really juicy lamb, so tender and packed full of flavour! Garlic and rosemary with lamb? Absolutely! I could go on, but this is a dish all lovers of lamb should try, fantastic eating and a great bit of cooking.
Beetroot, Brie and Walnut Wellington (V) with a Tomato Sauce on a bed of Mediterranean Vegetables
The veggie option ran the lamb close. I'm not kidding, this was a really tasty plate of food. The pastry was lovely, wonderfully crisp and flakey. The combination of beetroot and walnut was sweet and crunchy, and the brie (maybe could have had a bit more) was the rich and creamy goo that brought it all together! I loved this dish, I am going to try and cook it at home.
Roast Norfolk Turkey Breast with Pork and Chestnut Stuffing and Traditional Accompaniments
Of course there is the tradtional turkey, it has to be there! I am not a fan of turkey if I'm honest, however, in the interest of this review being thorough, I dug in. If you are a fan of turley and you need it to be part of your Christmas dinner, then I am sure you will enjoy it. I do love a good 'pig in a blanket', and this one was rather tasty!
Baked Muscovado Sugar Cheesecake with a Spiced Biscuit Base and Morello Cherry Compote
Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce
Baileys Crème Brûlée with Amaretti Biscuits
Almost the perfect variety of choice, but no panna cotta! I guess I can let them off, as the cheesecake was a bit special! Not only that, but unless there is money in a Christmas pudding, I don't see the point, however, this was one of the best Christmas puds I have ever eaten. Not too rich, lovely and sweet and, and the orange glaze was perfect!
Cheese Plate with Chutney, Celery and Grapes
I was in dire need of a nap by this time, the 11 courses and 6 cocktails were starting to slow me down. So all I can tell you, is that the blue cheese was delicious, and I love pear with cheese, so this was a winning cheese board!
Look, I am not going to sit here and tell you that everything was perfect, but where is? What I am going to say, is that Fahrenheit has talented chefs, fantastic front of house staff, and offers something different. I really enjoyed the evening, and have absolutely no hesitation in recommending a visit. What I will gurantee you, is that this will be a unique dining experience and the food is good, it's as simple as that. Oh, the cocktails are all fantastic too, especially the Porn Star Martini! I am certainly going to visit more often, and whether you go as a couple, with family, or a group of friends, Fahranheit will deliver a night to remember.
Website: Fahrenheit Restaurant
Address: 124 Dundee St, Edinburgh EH11 1AF
Telephone: 0131 228 4446
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