I’m not sure what’s happened as Paul Tamburrini is no longer at MacDonald Holyrood (a shame as we very much enjoyed that meal), in its place is a new Surf & Turf restaurant.
We visited just before the festival to give it a try. I love the ambience in this restaurant, despite the change of chef and focus, the decor remains the same and that’s a good thing. It doesn’t have the feel of a hotel restaurant at all and always feels like you’re in for something special when you’re there.
I opted for one of the Surf & Turf Signature Dishes, French Onion & Foie Gras Veloute with Seared Scallop. It was an incredibly rich dish, a real treat, and great value at just £9.
Alex had something a bit more informal, Crispy Chicken Wings – these come in two portion sizes priced at £6 and £12, we had intended to order the smaller of the portions but received the larger, which was in my favour as I got to try a few and I was very impressed, the sticky sauce was very moreish and between us we managed to finish the whole lot.
At a restaurant called Surf & Turf it would be rude not to go for…Surf & Turf. Alex had the Rib Eye Steak with Scottish Langoustines, as with many similar restaurants now, all components of the meal are separate, so the steak was £35 for 350g of steak, the langoustines were £12, the sauce was £4.50, and the chips £4 – a grand total of £55.50. It quickly adds up! Cost aside, there were absolutely no complaints about any aspect of this dish, it was as good a steak dinner as we’ve had anywhere. I had the 200g of Fillet with a Lobster Tail combo, this racked up to an eye watering £63.50 – I think it was the most expensive main course I’ve ever had. It was premium ingredients though and again, expertly prepared, if those prices don’t phase you, I highly recommend it.
Desserts seemed fairly straightforward, Sticky Toffee Pudding arrived swimming in an ocean of rich butterscotch sauce, no complaints here! The ‘Chocolate Mousse‘ felt a bit undersold, what arrived was far more than a mousse, more a rich and unctuous ganache with a chocolate soil and ice cream.
I really enjoyed the dinner at Surf & Turf Holyrood, I get that for some these prices will be a little steep, however there are much cheaper options on the menu, we did on this occasion end up with a couple of the most expensive combinations as we tried to cover the Surf & Turf angle, for example Beef Brisket & Mash is £18, a Halibut dish is £20, and Flatbreads are £12.
Find out more about Surf & Turf Holyrood here.