Prior to us going up to Edinburgh for the weekend recently, I’d been researching places to go for lunch. As you can imagine, you’re spoiled for choice in this city, but something about Edinburgh Larder Bistro really appealed to me. The dishes and ingredients looked fresh and delicious.
The Bistro is tucked away on the corner of Alva Street in the West End, down some steps, so you might not see it. But you really should! Stepping down ‘underground’, the restaurant is incredibly cosy and candlelit. But if you head through to the back, there’s an adorable ‘orangery’ style area, which is where we were seated.
I tried a rather unusual lavender gin, served with tonic, which was lovely, and Tim had a craft beer.
We ordered the set lunch menu which was great value, with three courses for £15. To start, we both ordered the wood pigeon pastrami with pickled beetroot on walnut toast and
Strathdon blue cheese dressing. It was gorgeous and the flavours just worked so well together – beetroot and blue cheese are a dream combination!
For main course I ordered the Pork belly, braised butter beans, sticky shallots, carrot pickle
and spring onion. Tim chose the Loch Etive sea trout fillet, seaweed butter, pink fir apple
potatoes, sea purslane and preserved lemon gremolata.
Both of them were lovely with very generous portions, especially for a lunch menu! We also ordered a side of seasonal vegetables and chunky chips, although these really weren’t needed.
We were pretty stuffed by this point, but the three course menu was too good a deal to turn down. So I went for the selection of British cheeses, oatcakes, preserves and fresh fruit (of course!) and Tim ordered the chocolate and hazelnut meringue roulade.
If I’m honest, these dishes weren’t particularly exciting. I’m not sure two cheeses really constitutes a ‘selection’ but I did appreciate being served oatcakes, as this isn’t something you always get on a cheeseboard in England, and I think they’re the perfect complement for cheeses.
But hey, that’s a minor niggle for a really lovely lunch, which was very reasonably priced. We regularly spend £15 just for a main course in London, and not always as high quality as the food at Edinburgh Larder Bistro.
It’s definitely a hidden gem so if you’re in Edinburgh, please do check it out! They also have a cafe and a farm in the Edinburgh area, you can find out more on their website here.