Edinburgh is becoming renowned for fine dining restaurants. Stockbridge has it’s fair share, as you drive along the main street, several places stand out. Dig a little deeper however, namely along St Stephen Street, and you’ll find a real hidden gem, The Stockbridge Restaurant.
Tucked away in a cosy, basement apartment style setting, you walk down some steep steps and arrive into the welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Amazing smells coming from the kitchen at the back make you immediately hungry. The furniture and decor give a sense of luxury and the seats are really comfortable and a nice place to sit for a while and savour the sublime food.
So, to the main event, the food. First up was a selection of Home Made Breads, served with butter and a vibrant green Chervil and Chive Dip and an amuse bouche of Serrano Ham, Mozzerella, Tomato and Balsamic Vinegar.
We chose from the A La Carte menu, and it was a difficult choice as there were lots of delicious sounding dishes to choose from. For starters we had Seared Cod with Scallop and Crab Boudin and a Fennel and Langoustine Bisque. The cod was soft and meaty and the bisque was rich and creamy with a deep seafood flavour.
We also had Pork Loin with Black Pudding and Sweet Potato Puree. The pork fillet was moist and really well cooked and the black pudding cubes were absolutely amazing. We’ve had a version of this twice now and we highly recommend you consider it if you visit.
The main courses we chose were Grilled Halibut with Fried Quails Egg and Crispy Pancetta. The halibut was sublime. Perfectly cooked with all the accompanying flavours complimenting the fish rather than overpowering it.
We also had Sirloin Steak with Beef Cheeks, Fondant Potatoes, Wild Mushrooms with HP Sauce and Port Wine Sauce. I like my steak cooked rare and that’s how it arrived. It was wonderful and melted in the mouth. The star of the show in my opinion was the beef cheek which had a rich flavour and was really tender.
For dessert, we chose Baked Vanilla and Lemon Cheesecake with Strawberries and Raspberry Ice Cream. The cheesecake was nicely flavoured but the star of the show was the raspberry ice cream which was smooth, sweet and also a little sharp to give a nice contrast.
Finally we chose the Rhubarb and Nut Crumble with Praline Ice Cream. Sweet and sharp crumble and a creamy ice cream for that hot and cold contrast. This is a classic combination lifted to high standards.
We are big fans of The Stockbridge Restaurant, which seems to blend a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere and fine dining food. We recommend it for cosy romantic meals, or an intimate gathering with family and friends.
The Stockbridge Restaurant
Location: 54 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh
Price: Starters £8.45, Main Courses £22.50-£24.50, Dessert £6.45
Good for: Relaxed fine dining, amazing flavour balance.
Bestinburgh: Relaxed fine dining