After the Edinburgh Gin show The Art and Science of Gin we wandered up Lothian Road towards Bruntsfield. After a quick cocktail at The Blackbird (worth a visit) we arrived at Honeycomb & Co approximately six minutes late. I was pleased to discover we were still the first guests to arrive for their inaugural evening dinner. The evening festival menu runs until the end of August, but I get the feeling this is just the beginning, and let’s hope so. I visited for lunch when Honeycomb & Co first opened and loved it.
Our waiter (who we didn’t catch the name of, and we are going to blame the gin for that) was excellent throughout. He (very modestly) mentioned he’d won an employee of the year award at a previous employer, and we could see why, he was a perfect host and thoroughly added to our experience with his knowledge and service.
We began with one of The Honeycomb & Co Loaf Tins, I noticed the portion had increased since the last time (my only minor complaint in what was an otherwise faultless lunch). It was nice to see that that had been acted upon and made all the difference, it’s now enough to share. This was served with rapeseed oil and hazelnut dukkah for dipping.
To go alongside we ordered the dips: Beetroot & Mint Hummus, Baba Ganoush, Tahini Yoghurt, plus the Roasted Red Pepper, Scorched Chicory, Caper Berries, Salami. It made for a nice little antipasti selection, the menu really lends itself to this. Alternatively you can choose one of their Share & Tear Platters for a similar experience.
For main we were both eyeing up the Aberdeen Angus Pulled Beef which was served on a brioche roll with homemade bbq sauce made with harissa and maple syrup. I let my dining partner have it though as I really needed to have something healthy for a change.
I had the Ras El Hanout Chicken which was served with flatbread, pomegranates, giant cous cous, and mint and sumac yoghurt – Honeycomb & Co do this kind of food really well.
For me dessert was an easy choice and there would be no sharing this time. I ordered the Chocolate Fondant which I had last time, and it was just as good – the best chocolate fondant in Edinburgh? Of the ones I’ve tasted, definitely.
My friend had the enticingly named Salted Caramel Sundae. Tip – dig to the bottom for all the sauce!
It was another winning meal from Honeycomb & Co, nothing much to fault here at all. Let’s hop the evening menu is here to stay!
Honeycomb & Co
Location: 1 Merchiston Place
Price: Mains £11-15
Good for: High quality dishes for all dietary requirements, excellent salads and sorbets