One of the common questions in our Foodinburgh Supper Club is, ‘Where can I go for a pre-theatre meal?” Well, it really depends which theatre, but if it’s the Lyceum or the Usher Hall, then Dine is the answer.
At two courses for £15.50 and three courses for £21.50 it’s really well priced for the quality of the food.
My husband and daughter were dining with me on this occasion as we had tickets for Harry Potter by the Scottish National Symphony Orchestra (which was excellent, check out the Usher Hall for other movie inspired performances).
We started with some of Dine’s charred toast, olives and red pepper hummus – which was well received as we were all pretty hungry by the time we arrived. Our wine choice was a French red – Syrah – Carignan, IGP Pays d’Oc Monrouby.
Alex had the most elaborate of our starters, Mackerel with Beetroot and Radish – it was nicely presented with plenty of big flakes of oily mackerel. Erin had the Tomato & Red Pepper Soup which was a huge bowl with some of that lovely charred sourdough and a spoonful of vibrant green pesto. I had a dish that read a little unusual on the menu but ate much better than it sounded. The Vegetable Bhaji & Halloumi was a tasty little dish which was exactly as described, not a combination that I thought would work, but I found myself really enjoying it.
Erin and I both had the Lamb Tagine with Herby Cous Cous. The lamb was soft and full of the flavour of Eastern spice, the cous cous was a bit dry, not sure if I’m just used to making mine a little wetter at home. It was a nice homely dish and the garnishes of pomegranate and flaked almonds helped to add bursts of sweetness and crunch. Alex had the fancier of the dishes (again haha, he is fast gaining the reputation of the snob in the family) Plaice with a Cafe De Paris crumb, the fish was well cooked and we liked that they’d chosen samphire, it’s one of our favourite veg and a good partner to fish.
Desserts had a spring feel, the Lemon Meringue Tart looked really pretty – you don’t see a lot of pastry work in desserts these days and Alex loves a ‘proper pudding’ so he was delighted with it. I had the Elderflower Panna Cotta as I love elderflower, always gives me the spring feeling. The desserts are always really well made at Dine and don’t feel like an after thought.
Dine is a really reliable and affordable option if you’re looking for a pre theatre menu – I have been several times now and the service is always excellent. The menu changes often too, so you don’t need to worry about repetition if you’re a regular theatre goer.