Above Cafe Andaluz on George Street, they have opened Cadiz, Edinburgh’s newest seafood and cocktails restaurant. They are trying to showcase the fantastic Scottish seafood we have while giving it a distinctly Mediterranean taste. From what we tasted tonight, they have succeeded in a big way.
We were shown into the bar area to start the evening off with a cocktail. We chose a Cadiz Mojito (non-alcoholic for the designated driver) and a Passion-fruit Martini from their specially selected cocktail menu. Both drinks arrived and looked stunning and tasted just as good as they looked. Refreshing, punchy and really well made.
We were then seated in the restaurant and I have to say, this is a really well designed, decorated space to have a meal. Nicely lit, classy artwork on the walls and a long horizontal mirror on the back wall, just above the table we sat at. It feels really comfortable and relaxed but at the same time classy and exclusive. Quite a balancing act.
For starters we ordered Grilled King Prawns with Black Garlic Alioli. These were some of the best prawns we’ve ever eaten. Succulent and juicy with that salty and sweet taste, which was really lifted by the alioli, which looked dark and foreboding but was among the tastiest things eaten that night.
We also had Crispy Fried Calamari sprinkled with Sea Salt and Chilli Flakes. This came with a paprika alioli. I had had calamari once before and wasn’t keen but I felt I needed to give it another try before writing it off. Boy was I glad I did. It was delicious. Crispy, salty and a little spicy from the chilli flakes. A squeeze of lemon really lifted this dish too. I’d come back again just for this dish!
Choosing a main course was hard. We could’ve ordered everything but decided on the Langoustines served in Garlic Butter and Skinny Fries (pictured above). These were quite simply stunning. Perfectly cooked and doused in garlic butter. Not the easiest thing to eat and you’ll get in a bit of a mess but it is so worth it. The langoustines in my opinion, are better than lobster and Scotland produces the best langoustines in the world so, if you come here, you MUST order these.
We also had the Monkfish and Scallops in Soy Sauce with Ginger and Spring Onion. This was cooked in paper and the fish was cooked to perfection. Monkfish is my favourite fish and the addition of these Asian flavours really worked well with it. The scallops added sweetness to the dish and were also perfectly cooked.
Dessert was a far easier choice. We had the Creme Catalan, which arrived at the table flaming to create that perfect crisp sugar top. It was velvety and creamy with a nice hit of the alcohol they used to ignite the sugar countering the sweetness.
We also had the Praline Cheesecake. This was light, smooth and had a mild nutty taste which could’ve been stronger but was still very nice. Good quality coffee rounded off this fantastic meal. If you like seafood and are in Edinburgh, this is a must visit and easily on par with the more established seafood venues in the city.
Cadiz Seafood and Cocktails
Location: 1st Floor 77b George Street, Edinburgh
Price: Grilled Prawns £12, Calamari £8, Langoustines £29, Monkfish & Scallops £21, Desserts £5.95, Cocktails £6.95-£7.95
Good for: Amazing Seafood, relaxed atmosphere with a quality feel and amazing service.