The Quartermile is the name given to the mixed use redevelopment of the former Royal Infirmary Hospital site of Edinburgh. Within the Quartermile cosmopolitan bars and restaurants are being developed. Enzo an Italian restaurant and bar aims to provide a place for people to enjoy quality drinks and fresh Italian food using Scottish ingredients. After reading many positive reviews and with 50% off food in January I felt it would be rude not to try!
Enzo is comprised of two floors; the lower, a stylish bar and the upper is the restaurant. We were shown upstairs to our table. The kitchen dominates the restaurant with the chef’s pass in the center for everyone to see. The décor is very modern and the tables are well spaced out. The menu has many of your typical Italian dishes but Enzo does pride themselves on making their own pasta.
For starter I opted for Carpaccio. The beef was rolled thinly and was tender. This was served with Parmesan which gave the dish a salty element. Rocket leaves added a peppery kick however there was too much rocket for the ratio of beef. A drizzle of truffle oil finished the dish. This was a simple starter that was enjoyable but did not give a lasting impression.
‘Branzino Saltato in Padella’ was the main course that took my fancy. Unfortunately it did not live up to my expectation. This was described on the menu as roast sea bass, olive tapenade mash, salt baked cherry tomatoes and garlic butter. The sea bass was cooked well, the flesh was flaky and the skin was crispy, however the other components completely let the dish down. The fish lay on a mountain of rocket which had no dressing on it. The olive tapenade mash was a terrible texture, very gloppy and was poorly seasoned. The tomatoes were bland and I think they forgot the garlic butter as the dish was very dry. Perhaps I should have ordered a traditional pasta dish.
Branzino Saltato in Padella
After the main I wanted to try a dessert to see if Enzo could make me forgive the main course. This time I ordered a traditional Italian dish; Tiramisu. I was glad that it did ‘pick me up’! Layers of light sweet mascarpone cream, rich coffee flavour sponge and a dusting of cocoa powder. It was delicious and moreish.
After coffee I left feeling overall disappointed. The restaurant is nicely decorated and the waiting staff were friendly but the food was not what I expected. Perhaps I should have complained but as I didn’t want a fuss and knew it was 50% off I decided not to. I’m not saying I would not go back if it was someone else’s decision but I really wouldn’t suggest going here myself.
Bill for 2 (with 50% off): £36 (Including glass wine and coffee)