The Scotsman

Once we had snoozed and relaxed after a day of wandering the streets of Edinburgh, we ventured out for a late dinner.

Not far from our apartment was the Scotsman.

Nestled inside the Scotsman is the Grand Cafe, a beautiful restaurant situated on 20 North Bridge which once homed the famous Scotsman newspaper.

The towering marble pillars, dark teal velvet booths, light oak mouldings hugged by ivy created the most spectacular ambience. After a short wait at the bar, we were seated at a little round table tucked into the corner, we sunk into the very squishy booth and got to business on the menu.

Hungry to start we ordered all the nibbles.

Marinated Olives, artisan bread basket, hummus with flatbread and Isle of Arran Haggis croquette.

Each one just as moreish as the next.

The Haggis croquette was on a bed of pureed swede which was truly delicious alongside the tomato tapenade smothered on the artesian bread.

Divine.

For the main…

The Baked Peterhead Hake was my choice. Seaweed butter, potatoes, tender steam broccoli and clams.

Dad went for something a bit lighter with a hot salmon nicoise – quail eggs, potatoes, olives.

Joe went for the burger – smoked bacon, jack cheese, ketchup and no pickle.

We ate every bite.

But, of course, still had room for pudding!

Around this time while pondering on puds, live jazz piano began to play. It seems all the bars and restaurants on the Royal Mile boast live music most nights which is an added bonus to any dinner but capped this particular evening off excellently.

Joe and I opted for the chocolate and brown butter ganache with fresh raspberries and raspberry sorbet.

The mix of rich chocolate ganache and the fresh raspberry flavour was heavenly, the perfect balance of sweet and fresh.

I couldn’t even snag a pic before we dug in!

I recommend a visit to The Grand Cafe whenever you’re next in Edinburgh. The staff where so friendly and welcoming. I will say service was a little slow if I am, to be honest, but we weren’t in any rush, but if you’re on a time constraint maybe keep this in mind.

Bellies full we wrapped up and wandered back up to the castle to see the city at night.

A couple of blurry iPhone pictures later, we headed home to rest up for tomorrow.

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