Well summer has certainly arrived in style, temperatures of 30 degrees and above have meant that Edinburgh has been hotter than Rio De Janeiro and Mumbai! I’ve attended two outdoor festivals in the past couple of weeks and I intend to continue soaking up the vitamin D as long as it lasts.
On the restaurant scene it’s the launch of all the summer menus, and I was at The Printing Press for Father’s Day to take a look at theirs. I’ve visited The Printing Press pretty regularly to try various menus, this time however we went on Father’s Day and took our 12 year old daughter – it was her first time progressing from the children’s menu to the adult menu. Here’s how we got on!
The good thing about having three adult diners is I get to show you more dishes. First up was a classic, Smoked Haggis, Pureed Neep and Crisp Potato. It doesn’t matter if it’s 30 degrees outside, haggis is a staple and the husband wouldn’t be dissuaded from it.
Erin and I opted for lighter dishes. We chose the Confit Duck with Asian Slaw and the Hand-dived Scallops, Carrot Remoulade, Basil & Lemon Butter. Erin is already a fan of duck but I was keen for her to try scallops so we agreed to order both dishes and she could finish the one she preferred. Of course I ended up with the duck salad which was really tasty actually with a great dressing and a very generous portion – this dish is also served as a main and would be very satisfying if you want something lighter. She loved the scallops, not quite as much as lobster and prawns she said, but definitely an order again one. The scallops were large, really fresh and perfectly cooked – I wasn’t 100% sold on the carrot remoulade but it did fit the summery theme.
Erin went for the safe option after such an experimental start and had the Dry Aged Tweed Valley Burger – this was served simply with cheese which suited her fine. She seemed very impressed with the flavour of the burger so the dry ageing obviously making a noticeable difference.
Alex chose the rabbit dish – Roast Rabbit Saddle, Leg Bridie, Puy Lentils – it sounded quite wintery on paper but was actually really light, and the leg bridie was a winner.
I had the Wellington Farm Pork Belly with Pulled Daube and Haricot Beans, it was a pleasant dish but quite wintery for a summer menu, I also discovered I’m not a fan of the texture of beans cooked like this – but that’s a personal thing. The pork was well cooked though and you could tell it was decent quality.
An accomplished Duck Egg Custard Tart kicked off the desserts which was served with rhubarb and a white chocolate ice cream which threatened to be over sweet but was actually not at all.
We also had the Pineapple Polenta Upside Down Cake with Coconut Ice Cream. We loved the texture of this cake and the garnish of toasted coconut curls added a bit of crunch.
Finally we finished off with the Strawberry Panna Cotta, Balsamic Marshmallow, Strawberry Sorbet – the whole dish was a good’un, the balsamic marshmallows were clever – on their own they were sharp, but combined with the sweetness of the panna cotta and sorbet the flavour of macerated strawberries filled my mouth and accentuated the sweet flavour of the strawberry.
We had a lovely Father’s Day dinner at The Printing Press and it turned out to be the perfect place to introduce our daughter to some new grown up flavours!