Ondine restaurant is situated on George IV Bridge in the heart of Edinburgh. Holding 2 AA Rosettes this seafood restaurant offers diners only the freshest sustainable seafood with knowledge of the suppliers. When entering we were immediately welcomed. The restaurant is dominated by two aspects, the oyster bar and panoramic views of the old town. The décor is very modern and tasteful.
The menu certainly showcased a wide range of seafood. It was a challenge to decide what I was going to have as all the dishes sounded lovely. The waitress was very helpful and guided us on a few dishes I was unsure of. While we looked at the menu we were given bread and warm Gougeres, which were light and fluffy.
To start I opted for Panko Monkfish cheeks with a Vietnamese salad. This was delicious. A thin layer of crunchy panko breadcrumbs gave the dish texture. The monkfish was succulent and juicy. The salad had sliced chillies which had a sweet coating, crunchy fresh pak choi , carrots, spring onion and peanuts. A sweet sauce brought the ingredients together.
Panko Monkfish cheeks
On the other side of the table Fish and Shellfish soup was being tucked into. This arrived in a large serving bowl which the waiter then spooned into a smaller bowl. We were advised that we could ask for more if required but the portion size was perfect. Initially we were slightly disappointed that the soup was blended and there was no sight of any fish, however the smell and taste soon made us forget this. The soup was packed full of fishy flavour and served with Rouille, Gruyère and garlic Croutons together this was delightful.
Fish and Shellfish soup
As Ondine prides itself on their oysters, we felt that it would be rude not to try! I was unsure which of the three different types to try but the waitress was very knowledgeable and guided me on what would be best suited for an oyster beginner! My husband on the other hand opted to try all three. When they arrived the chef had kindly given me all three to try also. The oysters were excellent and the vinegar dressing that came along with them was a perfect match.
For main course we both opted for Whole Ballantrae Lobster; however we both chose our lobster to be cooked different ways. I opted for Lobster Thermidor. The lobster was coated in a light creamy sauce which had hints of mustard then baked which gave the dish a lovely crust. The lobster itself was sweet and juicy and was not overpowered by the sauce. The thin cut chips on the side were seasoned to perfection but could have done with being a little crispier.
The grilled Lobster with garlic butter also got the thumbs up. The only complaint was the garlic butter which had a slightly bitter taste.
The desserts were another triumph. It was the best Lemon Posset I have ever tasted. Little chewy meringues and tangy lemon curd sat on top of creamy yet not over sweet lemon cream which was set with a slight wobble. Buttery shortbread accompanied the posset which added more texture and indulgence to the dessert.
I also enjoyed a taste of the Rum & Raisin ice-cream which my husband was tucking into. Smooth, sweet and creamy ice cream with plump juicy raisins. This was served with a shot of Pedro Ximenez Sherry.
Rum & Raisin Ice Cream
Whilst we finished our wine we were brought Petie Fours to complete the meal. Two little mouthfuls of indulgence. A light custard filled pastry and a chocolate truffle.
Chef Roy Brett and his team work hard and go all out to ensure that your experience in this seafood restaurant is enjoyable. With only using the freshest and best produce the food that is delivered is of a high quality. The waiting staff throughout were really friendly and helpful. This has to be one of the best seafood restaurants I have been to, let alone in Edinburgh.
Bill for 2: £155(including wine)
Service: Welcoming / Passionate
- Atmosphere - 8/108/10
- Food - 9/109/10
- Service - 9/109/10
- Value for Money - 8/108/10