We’re foodies. Alex and I, despite 20 years together actually have very little in common. It’s ok, we both cheerfully admit this and recognise it’s what seems to make it work. We even both forgot our anniversary this year, remembering at the 11th hour, we both laughed it off and cracked open a bottle of wine for a last minute celebratory glass. We do like food though and eating out together and having food experiences has become ‘our thing’.
Taisteal, meaning travel or journey, is a family run restaurant serving dishes using the best local Scottish produce combined with influences from around the world. We visited to enjoy a meal together and a chance to catch up, it’s been a busy summer!
We ordered a nice Malbec and settled down to peruse the menu.
We opted to go a la carte on this occasion. I started with a colourful and fresh Heritage Tomato Salad with a Goats Cheese Beignet. The goats cheese was quite strong but it was a nice dish which I managed to fool myself into thinking was healthy.
There was only one portion of the Pan Fried Scallops with Satay Sauce, Black Pudding and Pomegranate and Alex won the negotiation this time. It was the dish of the day. One I’d highly recommend you try yourself.
Onto the mains, Alex chose the Pork Belly and Cheek, Black Pudding Gnocchi, Celeriac and Apple – this was beautifully presented and managed to look quite light. The black pudding gnocchi was a fun twist that worked really well. The pork may have been a bit fatty for me, but Alex certainly enjoyed it.
I had the Roast Cod with Crushed Peas, Arancini, Ham Hock Raviolo, it was a nice dish but I did feel the ham hock slightly over powered the dish, it tasted smoked and it was quite strong. The fish was beautifully cooked though and the arancini made a nice accompaniment and gave the dish a bit of crunch.
We couldn’t resist the special dessert which was a Baked Alaska with Peanut Butter Ice Cream, it was an exciting dish visually and as you cut into the baked Alaska a layer of chocolate brownie was revealed. A fun and tasty dessert with fluffy meringue torched to perfection.
Finally, and equally as pretty, we had the Roast Pineapple with Rum & Raisin Ice Cream, this was served with a maple comb, macadamia praline and pistachio.
Taisteal is great value, their five course tasting menu coming in at just £35 – it’s a good option if you enjoy fine dining style food but you’re on a budget.
Location: 1-3 Raeburn Pl, Edinburgh EH4 1HU
Good for: Affordable fine dining
Foodinburgh Offer: Enjoy 7 courses instead of 5 with your Foodinburgh Card