The Royal British Hotel Edinburgh has recently commenced a make-over and within this, Twenty Princess Street Restaurant and Juniper bar have been created. With a special lunch offer ‘Twenty’s plenty’, offering two people two mains and two drinks for £20, my friends and I decided it was an offer worth trying.
From the outside unfortunately the hotel still looks very dated, with an old sign of the hotel above the door and only a small sign for the restaurant and bar, it could be easily missed. Do not let this put you off. Once inside and up the marble stair case you enter the grand restaurant. The room has many traditional features such as the ornate ceiling which has been sympathetically reinstated and dazzling crystal chandeliers to give a feeling of luxury. They have designed the room with a modern contemporary look to enhance the traditional features. There is large banquette tables situated along the sides of the restaurant with black leather upholstery to give a sophisticated, jazzy feel. The most striking feature of the restaurant is its large windows looking onto Princess Street, providing the most spectacular views.
We were seated at one of the banquette tables which was very spacious and comfortable. The menu offered various choices with a selection of meat, fish and vegetarian. For being an offer menu I was already impressed. The restaurant prides itself not only on showing Edinburgh’s skyline but also by using local ingredients in their cooking, showcasing the produce available.
I choose the Josper Grillet Fillet Steak Sandwich which was served with Chimichurri mayonnaise triple cooked chips. I was pleasantly surprised that the waitress asked how I would like my steak cooked. Unlike many steak sandwiches I have had this steak was cooked to perfection. Juicy and succulent, the meat was very tender. The ciabatta bread was slightly toasted and warm and sliced tomato lay underneath the steak. The chimichurri mayonnaise had lots of flavour, combining garlic and parsley. Personally I would have preferred it to be a little spicier. However it worked well with the sandwich. The triple cooked chips were more like wedges but the best wedges I have had! Crispy and salty on the outside and fluffy inside. Perfection!
The other main that caught my attention was the burger my friend ordered. A chunky steak burger with crispy bacon, smoked mayonnaise and Innis and Gunn rarebit. Again, served with triple cooked chips and salad leaves, the burger was cooked medium, pink in the middle and was very juicy. High praise all round.
We all had a glass of wine with our lunch which was included. The red was a smooth full bodied Shiraz which accompanied the steak perfectly. The others enjoyed a rose which was tasted of strawberries and cream. After we had cappuccinos which were served with a piece of juniper gin fudge. Smooth sweet fudge with a hint of gin; delightful.
There is no denying that the ‘Twenty’s plenty’ offer is a great value deal which delivers high quality food in stunning surroundings. What it also does is make you want to go back and try their dinner menu. I can imagine with the Christmas lights and big wheel soon to arrive in Edinburgh Twenty princess street will soon book up to see these spectacular sights whilst sampling great food.
Bill for 6: £78
Food: Modern Scottish
Service: Friendly, attentive
Atmosphere: Mix of traditional elegance and contemporary design
Overall: 8 / 10