I looked forward to this dinner with some excitement. Sixteen of us went along to enjoy the delights of the Prestonfield experience.
The menu was simple. Or rather it was written simply. No overblown flowery language. For example one of the starters was ‘Bacon and Egg’!
The execution though was exceptional. Let me show you. Though I must warn you that reading on will make your mouth water!
The starters were parsnip and ginger soup (not pictured), haddock and bacon and egg.
The haddock looked superb. Smoked haddock, layered with flaky pastry, curred mussel vinaigrette and spinach onion aioli. My eating companions seemed to like it. Very much indeed.
I went for the bacon and egg. The Scotch egg is a very distant relation of this wonderous offering. The egg and bacon combined within the crispy shell complemented by the leek (you can make out the bed of leeks if you squint) and mushroom chutney. Simply mouth-watering.
So on to the mains. The choices were artichoke, bream and pork.
The artichoke and shallot tart tartin was served with truffle caramel and leek puree . This vegetarian option was imaginative, delicious and well-presented.
Fillet of black bream with cauliflower risotto, parmesan gnochhi and crab emulsion
I thought the most delicious andn beautiful main was the one I ordered. It was simply divine. So many of the flavours I look working in harmony to produce blissful feelings of food love. So here it is…
And the sweets…
The dark chocolate and clementine tart in all her glory. Sweet but not too sweet.
There was also a brown sugar and apple rice pudding (not pictured).
A lovely meal, beatifully presented with good service. This shot of one side of Rhubarb Restuarant (at the Prestonfield) gives you a feel for the atmospheric ambience and the wonderful setting which is a mix of baroque opulence and gothic features.
It was a great experience. We ate from the super value £30 for 3 courses menu. Really, what more could one ask?
PRESTONFIELD HOUSE HOTEL
Prestonfield House, Priestfield Road, Edinburgh EH16 5UT
0131 225 7800
SUNDAY BRUNCH CLUB RATING 9.6/10
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