Food porn from The Kitchin (and the Sheep’s Heid), Edinburgh

Its about this time of the year when the warmth of Spring makes me go a little hyper, and two lovely words pop into my head: MINI BREAK. I’m currently planning weekends away to Brussels, Vienna and back to Edinburgh for the festival, which, if you haven’t been before, is absolutely brilliant. The atmosphere is electric, the whole city’s on holiday, and you can see some amazing street performances, theatre, comedians and music. You can also drink until 5am pretty regularly. I’ve already done a post on things to do in Edinburgh here, and if you’re thinking of going up for the festival, I’d definitely recommend lunch or dinner at The Kitchin while you’re there (although if you click the link beware the AWFUL musac on their website, my only criticism -reminds me of a cheap spa in Tooting).

Anyway The Kitchin won the Observer Food Monthly best restaurant award in October 2010 and it deserves it – the food was pretty much perfect. Lunch was a little rushed – they asked for our dessert orders at the start which is always a shame because you never know how you’re going to feel after your main – but only because there is a 1.5 hour turnaround on tables (boo but understandable – its only small). But the whole experience – from the crudites and blue cheese dressing to snack on with your cocktail to the gorgeous petits fours at the end – was professional and inventive. They almost overdid it on the fussing – at one point we had about 7 different waiters round our table doing something or other – but it was expertly done. For example, the wine waiter made our bottle of wine last throughout the meal in a way I couldn’t have.

Here’s some piccies of the food. I got a very nice email from a pro photographer recently who informed me that all my photos are a little yellowish and was my camera perhaps on the wrong setting. Ahem. Yes I think it was although these ones seem to be OK:

Amuse bouche of mussel soup – bloody lovely. Also like the Braveheart chain mail style table mats

My starter of seafood ravioli in lobster bisque – very rich and full

The Chef had lamb sweetbreads in a garlic puree – he liked mucho (didn’t talk much through this course)

My main of Skate – now just LOOK at that, seriously – work of art of what?!  The fish was lovely and tender and light but I’m afraid I was a little bleurghed out by the reddish rawness of some of the meat

The Chef had pork belly (bien sur) and it was wonderful apparently

Pistachio souffle with pistachio ice cream (PERFECT) and cheese to finish

And then some petits fours to end.

As you can see, it really was a gastro marathon, with quite incredible flavours and textures and ingredients. The cost? Well, nae cheap obviously – I seem to have lost the receipt but I seem to recall it was around £75 each, but well worth it and I meal I won’t forget for a long time. And like any Michelin-starred restaurant, you are treated like royalty – in fact we got a friendly hello from both Tom and Michaela when we arrived. Definitely a destination for any festival-going food lover.

Also do check out the Sheep’s Heid in Duddingston (above), right by Arthur’s Seat if you fancy a lovely walk. It’s the oldest pub in Scotland (circa 1300s), with a gorgeous cosy pub serving real ales, a 1950s skittle alley, and a decent restaurant serving haggis and sausage mash and similar. 

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6 responses to “Food porn from The Kitchin (and the Sheep’s Heid), Edinburgh

  1. Interesting blog as usual. Very creative photographs! Food shots still look very yellow to me (apart from the petit fours which were photographed outside?) Anyone agree with me? Look at these and let Sasha know what you think. I promise not to mention it after this!
    http://tinyurl.com/6jn8ch7

    I now think I prefer the one that looks like a dismembered penis jumping through a hoop when it was yellow!

  2. What a nice post! One of the best things I’ve done in my life is to encourage non-sharers (ie: husband) to share their food with me. I have been happy ever since. Chef – think about sharing 🙂

  3. Great blog, I’ve not yet been able to afford to go to the Kitchin on a student budget (maybe I could ask for it for Christmas) but the Sheep’s Heid is lovely. It also has a back room which you can book to play bowling with the oldest skittles I’ve ever seen.

    Other good pubs are the Hebrides, the Green Mantle and Sandy Bells, where my flatmate works and they have live Scottish folk music every night of the week. (People bring instruments and get paid in pints, but it’s always good.)

    Only one complaint about this blog post – next time you come up to Edinburgh with the Chef I want to see you guys!!

    Kate (his cousin) xxx

    • Hello Kate cousin! What a surprise and a lovely comment 🙂 I had TOTALLY forgotten you were in Auld Reekie but next time will definitely look you up! Normally go for the festival & Xmas but I guess that’s outside term time… Anyway thansk for the tips (hadn’t heard of any of those places, oops) and see you soon! xx

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