North Bridge Brasserie – Edinburgh

During out stay at The Scotsman hotel, we could hardly miss out on eating at their aptly named North Bridge Brasserie which we’d been in before for a quick drink on our way to another party and were very impressed.

The decor is wonderful, mixing marble and modern to great effect. We were seated on the mezzanine floor which offered us the view of North Bridge itself and the well stacked oval glass bar beneath.

Tuna Carpaccio, Poached Egg, Green Beans, Truffle Mayonnaise [£6.50]
Goats Cheese Fritter, Marinated Aubergines, Tomato Chutney (v) [£6.50]

Venison Loin, Goats Cheese Mash, Rowanberry Jelly [£16.00]
Fillet of Beef + Mash, Stroganoff Sauce [£17.00]
Green Beans [£2.95]

Three Scottish Cheeses [£6.00] to share [£9.00]

The food was excellent. I started with the Tuna Carpaccio which was amazingly tender and was complimented beautifully by the taste of the perfectly poached egg on top, and the little I tasted of the rich goats cheese was enough to make me wish I had ordered both!

The venison was very moist and almost melted in the mouth, slightly pink in the center it tasted wonderful along with the goats cheese mash. The beef was more towards rare than the medium that had been asked for, but it didn’t affect my tasting, full of flavour and it just came apart so easily.

We somehow pretended that we could eat the cheese, and surprisingly did! The three cheese may not sound much but when the large pieces are presented you suddenly wonder if you really can eat them all. Unfortunately one of the cheeses was quite bland and was lost compared to the other, stronger cheeses, but it still made for an excellent meal.

I forget what Rioja we had, but it was an excellent compliment to the food on offer and was packed with strength and flavour. The only drawback was the price, something which was reflected in the final bill as well. Still, overall I think perhaps it was worth it, it’s just a shame we can’t afford to go back so often!

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