Showcasing artisan producers and suppliers in Scotland, Edinburgh Larder seemed a perfect place to visit with my friends, who were visiting from Europe. Situated down the stairs at the corner of Alva Street this cosy restaurant could be easily missed. In true Scottish weather we arrived in the pouring rain!
Instantly there is a warm feel to the restaurant, the brick walls adding a traditional feel to the interior which was divided into three areas; a conservatory, a booth area and a back room. We were shown to our booth, however we were left with our soaking wet jackets.
We opted for the pre theatre menu which had a variation of dishes to choose from. I felt it was disappointing that they do not showcase the fact that they do go to lengths to forage, harvest, pickle and preserve every day in an aim to produce the most seasonal local dishes.
Our cocktails were soon to arrive. In pretty traditional tea cups the Gin and Lavender cocktail was definitely received well. The Lavender was not to overpowering allowing the Gin to be the star of the show.
Gin & Lavender Cocktail
For starter I chose Hot Smoked Haddock Pate on toast with Foraged Salad. The pate was full of fresh fish flavor. It was delicious served on the crusty homemade toasted bread. The foraged salad gave the dish a further fresh element.
Hot Smoked Haddock pate
We all opted for the Rump of Lamb for our main course. It wasn’t until it arrived we realised we were not asked how we would like it cooked. Unfortunately it was on the verge of being raw, luckily we all preferred our meat rare. However it was obvious that all 4 pieces were different in size and fat content. On the positive side the dish was served with a jus which was of a perfect consistency and full of flavour. Also served were seasonal vegetables which still had a crunch to them and dunsyre blue potato cake which was creamy and delicious. The whole dish would have been more memorable if the lamb was cooked a little more.
Rump Of Lamb
To accompany the mains, we also ordered a side portion of Beef Dripping Chips with Hebridean Sea Salt. These were the perfect chips, crusty on the outside, fluffy in the middle and seasoned to perfection.
Beef Dripping Chips
For desert I had Rhubarb Soup, Marshmallow and Ginger Ice Cream. I was very intrigued to see what this soup was going to be like. Unfortunately I was left a little disappointed. The rhubarb soup was too sweet and the marshmallow got lost in it. The textures were all a little too soft and wet which made the whole thing a bit gooey and unpleasant. There needed to be a crunchy element to this dessert and the marshmallows definitely didn’t belong on the plate. The ice cream did leave a slight spice from the ginger but soon melted in the soup.
Overall Edinburgh Larder has huge potential. Unfortunately on this occasion I left feeling slightly disappointed. The fact that they go to the extreme to support local suppliers should be showcased more on the menu. If I had not read about this online I would not have known. The food was good and with slight adjustments would be great. I will return to Edinburgh Larder as it does have great potential and provides a very casual dining experience.
Bill for Four: £95
Service: Room for improvement
Atmosphere: Casual/ relaxed
Overall: 6 / 10