REVIEW: Twenty Princes Street
2 months AGOIain Fenwick
by Joanne Melville
We had a beautiful view over Princes Street and the busy Festival popups on top of Waverly. The sun had made an appearance so it was the perfect spot to enjoy a spot of people watching while waiting on my dining companion.
The restaurant itself is a lovely setting and has a smart but relaxed feel. It was quiet when I first entered but it was 4pm on a Friday, so a bit later than usual for lunch but still a little early for a typical pre-theatre visit. It did begin to fill up as it progressed into evening.
The service was attentive but not overkill (my dining companion was running quite late but I didn’t feel harassed or awkward and was left to enjoy the view and study the menu). Our waiter was knowledgeable and was able to advise on all the possible gluten free options and offer some good advice.
I had the roasted beetroot salad to start which was lovely and fresh, it was beautifully presented; the colours were vibrant, a perfect summer dish. Unfortunately, due to my intolerance to gluten, I could not have the blue murder croutons but I’m sure they would have complemented the flavours well.
My companion had the chicken and whisky brulee, which she did enjoy, but as it is quite a strong flavour and has a lovely richness, she felt a smaller portion would have been better. For main course I had the slow braised pork belly, the pork was very tasty and the crackling was possibly the crispiest I’ve ever had, no chewy fat in sight, delicious!
The accompaniments were very tasty too and the dish was well presented. My friend had the three cheese mac ‘n’ cheese which was served with a jalapeno sour cream which really added to the dish. The mac itself was tasty but needed a little more seasoning for my friends taste. It certainly was a filling dish served with tortillas chips and garlic bread, a carb lover’s dream.
We were both very full but the deserts looked too tempting so we had to indulge. We opted for a chocolate fudge cake to share, then at the last minute decided to include a selection of the homemade sorbets. This was definitely the best decision of the night, what a selection – spiced blackberries, rhubarb and rosemary and apple and elderflower. Wow! I’m not usually a fan of sorbets but these were delicious, we loved all three and even loved the flavour combinations together. I would highly recommend trying the sorbets, I was informed the chef regularly changes the flavours and they are always unusual combinations!
We could hear the buzz coming from Juniper next door so we just had to pop in for a little pick-me-up espresso martini; the perfect end to a very tasty meal and such good value for money. I will definitely be back soon.
Twenty Princes Street - 20 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2AN
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