Deciding where to dine out in Edinburgh can be daunting task, especially when you have an out of towner joining you and you want to impress them. There are so many fabulous restaurants to choose from, luckily we had three days to get round as many of them as possible.
We had organised a girly long weekend in our glorious capital. Two of us were coming in locally from Glasgow and big sis Dal was flying in to join us from Birmingham.
Nothing quite like bringing three women together and trying to cater for each of their individual needs. Our friend Sonia who had joined us, is on a gluten and wheat free diet, I am a pescetarian, luckily Dal decided to throw caution to the wind and dump her diet for the weekend, wise choice, as we had gathered with the sole purpose of eating, drinking and getting merry.
We were staying quite centrally at the Old Chambers just off the High Street. So for our last day in the capital we decided to book lunch at The Magnum, as it is a ten, fifteen minute walk. It was a crisp Sunday morning, and we had a very enjoyable walk down to Albany Street. We arrived at Magnum ready for a long leisurely Sunday lunch.
The Magnum came recommended by many of our Edinburgh resident friends who assured us we would have a fabulous meal there, and we did. There’s a bar if you are in for just a casual drink and a separate dining area, if you are in for a meal.
Dal and I were the first to arrive, as Sonia had a pre-arranged appointment at the hairdressers. We went ahead and ordered our starters without waiting for her! We were famished after our late night catching up!
The restaurant serves local Scottish produce. For our starters we both opted for the Glazed goats cheese which is served with caponata vegetables and crisp leaves with a herb oil. Be warned if you are dining at Magnum, bring a healthy appetite. The starter dish was enormous! We would have been happy to have it as our main. Also it really was delicious, the taste of goats cheese can sometimes be overwhelming but the vegetables were the perfect accompaniment. Dal was so impressed with the dish that she took it apart and made enquiries as to how she would be able to recreate the dish in her own kitchen.
After such a large starter dish, we asked our waitress to slow down the service and give us some time to digest before presenting us with our mains, it also gave Sonia a chance to catch up once she joined us, with her freshly coiffed hair. For her starter she ordered the Salmon mi cuit with beetroot relish, horseradish cream and pumpernickel and micro herbs. An intriguing combination of ingredients, it was actually quite appetising and it was quite a light dish so she was more than ready to join us when our mains arrived.
We all ordered from the Dinner menu for our mains, Dal chose the Gnocchi which was served with a basil pesto, cherry tomatoes, watercress and parmesan crisp. The portion again was enormous and she felt it was quite a heavy dish. Despite being a fan of the dish she couldn’t finish it.
I had the Pan Fried cod with basil roasted tomatoes, wilted baby gem lettuce, chickpeas, and an anchovy dressing. Sonia chose the Venison with creamed celeriac, poached pear, roasted radish, skirlie fondant potato and rich jus. We also ordered hand cut chip, onion rings and marinated olives as our sides.
For dessert Dal had the Warm Treacle tart with homemade vanilla bean ice cream. I am not a huge fan of ice cream, but was persuaded as it was homemade, I had a selection of three different types. Sonia opted for Magnum’s platter of the best local and European cheeses which came with fruit chutney, fig jelly, grapes celery, a selection of wheat wafers, crisp breads, and oatcakes.
Tempted as we were to continue our lazy afternoon by heading through to the bar, the lure of the Edinburgh shops was too great, and we headed out to Princes Street.
1 Albany Street