Even though it’s freezing outside (literally), I never pass up the opportunity to head in to town. Christmas is big business in Edinburgh and the whole of Princes Street was awash with garlands, twinkly lights, and terrifying rides when we visited Twenty Princes Street. No, I didn’t go on the Star Flyer, and neither do I intend to in the future! Instead we enjoyed the atmosphere from the warmth and civility of a restaurant which enjoys a prime position overlooking Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street.
I have been before and enjoyed it, this time I was back to try out their new menu. We kicked things off with their signature cocktail, Juniper, and an Edinburgh brewed lager, Paolozzi.
In the merriment my phone doesn’t seem to have captured our starter images, despite us both remembering me taking several! You’ll just need to close you’re eyes and I will do my best to describe them for you.
I chose the Braised Ayrshire Pig’s Cheek – if you read this site regularly you’ll see pork comes up pretty regularly as it’s one of my favourite meats. I love the slow cooked, falling apart quality of a well cooked pig’s cheek. The sesame pork croquette added the crunchy texture needed, and the star anise jus added to the oriental twist of this dish.
After a bit of persuasion, my friend opted for the West Coast Crab & Squid Ink Raviolo. She was unsure of the idea of squid ink, but this mostly offers the black colour as opposed to an overwhelming flavour. The dish was served in a delicate Early Grey broth, I love pasta served in this way and have done it a few times at home with chicken broth. It makes for a really light alternative to a sauce.
Lobster and langoustine have been my go to dishes this year so I ended the year as I started, with a Half Scottish Lobster with triple cooked chips and watercress. This dish was around £22 as I recall which I think is pretty good value for lobster.
My friend had the wintery Tweed Valley Lamb Shank which was huge! It was served with roasted garlic, piquillo mash potato and an olive shard. Despite her best effort she couldn’t finish it, if it’s a big portion you’re looking for, this is the dish.
As if there wasn’t enough richness in lobster and lamb shank, we couldn’t resist trying one of the mac n cheese sides. We went for the Pancetta and Spring Onion Mac N Cheese and weren’t disappointed.
We could only manage one dessert, and it was the Flaming Pina Colada Alaska. This is a Caribbean twist on the original baked Alaska I had the last time. If you want something to share this one is a good option as it’s a decent size. Plus you get all the drama of the flames!
Another lovely meal and one of my top choices if I had visitors and wanted to take them somewhere nice and show them Edinburgh.
Twenty Princes Street
Location: 20 Princes Street
Price: Starters £4.50 -£9 Main courses £13-£30
Good for: Great food in a central location with views of Edinburgh Castle.