Ahh air travel….
- Squeeze your belongings into a teeny weeny bag and pray they haven’t changed the rules and can therefore legitimately charge you £50 to take your hoodie and Converse with you. I do a Joey (love that episode of Friends) now and wear as much as I can!
- Arrive at airport and unpack everything from teeny weeny bag while being barked at. If you’ve done anything related to the army (cadets, TA) you will know how to cope. If not, good luck.
- Forget to take hair straighteners out of teeny weeny bag (where was the sign?) and wait an extra 20 mins for everything to be checked.
- Re-pack bag and navigate duty free without buying any alcohol (to be fair, you do need a stiff drink by this stage).
- Try and find something edible to eat before you board the aircraft and are stuck with a nasty cheese toast and crappy coffee…
I love Edinburgh, but the airport is not the best. It’s small and there isn’t a lot of choice – they are doing their best with what they have though.
We usually opt for something at EAT followed by a plane picnic (which we take on ourselves!). However there is a new restaurant, Hudson St Grill, so we thought we’d give it a go. This was formerly The Gathering, they did a cajun chicken burger we liked and decent pizza and pasta.
If you like watching the planes, you’ll enjoy the view which overlooks a few of the loading/unloading bays and a runway.
We started with their Truffled Mac & Cheese Croquettes. Unfortunately the first batch were cold in the centre and we had to return them. They’d obviously been refrigerated to keep the mac n cheese together and not fried long enough to reheat all the way through. The problem was solved quickly but I forgot to take a photo when the new portion arrived! They were very tasty though and the truffle smell and flavour was definitely there.
My friend (we were travelling to Santander together) had The Hudson Club Burger which had a chicken breast, bacon, and Nashville Hot Sauce on it. It looked great when it arrived and ate well.
I was going to have the Surf & Turf burger – a burger patty topped with shrimp, but instead felt we needed to try something different and opted for the Kansas Dry Run 1/2 Chicken. It was pretty bland with very little evidence of any dry rub, I ended up smothering it with Frank’s Hot Sauce to give it some flavour and moisture. A dish that needs a wee bit of work…
Balance was restored with the NY Cheesecake & Peanut Butter Sauce. Cheesecake is one of my least favourite desserts, and one of my friend’s favourites. As we’d be spending 5 days in a tiny Fiat together road trippin’ in a hot car, I decided to get things started the right way and share the cheesecake with her (brownie points! Or should that be cheesecake points…). Anyway, it ended up being one of the most delicious cheesecakes I’ve had. I’m under no illusions that it’s bought in, but if it tastes as good as this one did, I’ll happily overlook that.
It’s by no means perfect, but if you want something ‘proper’ to eat then head to Hudson St Grill. Skip the chicken and have a burger as I reckon they’d all be a safe bet, and definitely try a slice of the cheesecake!.