An Afternoon at The Kitchin
Six months ago, we booked for lunch at The Kitchin in Leith having been kindly given vouchers for our engagement. I had been dying to go for years, heightened by the fact it was the star of a BBC2 show Remarkable Places to Eat a few days before our planned visit.
The day of the visit, it was raining in Edinburgh - who would have thought. When we escaped inside the doors of The Kitchin, we were transported to an exquisite Scottish wonderland. The rain was silenced. Everything was stone and wood and fire - it brought all of our beautiful country into one stunning restaurant. The rain stayed outside.
The ethos of The Kitchin is From Nature to Plate; evident through their strict use of local produce, interior design including wallpaper by Timorous Beasties, and local fur and wood. Each guest is presented with a map outlining where every ingredient comes from, even the water (Perthshire).
Phil and I enjoyed the Set Lunch menu, although we were invited to pick and choose from the even more luxurious main menu as well. We began with a glass of Philipponnat champagne, appetisers and gorgeous sourdough bread with homemade butter. This was followed by a pea and mint amuse-bouche to help reset our palates.
I started with scallops, baked in their shell with a pie crust encasing the outer side of the shell. Inside, were three to four juicy Orkney King scallops in a stunning white wine, vermouth and herb sauce. This required a supplement but one I was more than willing to pay.
Photos of scallops courtesy of The Kitchin
Phil opted for Eassie Farm asparagus, crispy ox tongue boudin, fried quail’s egg and bone marrow marmalade. He didn't say much, only stopping occasionally to nod. A good sign.
Our main courses followed; St Brides chicken breast, confit leg and greens for Phil and Fillet of North Sea plaice for me. My fish fell apart to the touch and was smothered in a tangy lemon sauce that was just incredible.
Usually by now, a two course lunch would finish me off and I would never make it to pudding which is always such a shame because my ideal meal encompasses both sweet and savoury.
The portions at The Kitchin, coupled with the lightness of the food, ensured dessert was not a problem and that is something I really appreciated (that and not rolling out the restaurant).
So... what did we have?
Phil chose the Lemon soufflé served with frozen Knockraich Farm yoghurt and I chose the gooseberry creme brulee - forgive me, I can't remember all the ingredients but it was to die for.
I am no Michelin expert but you can just tell the difference in a team that are at such a high standard of sourcing, producing and cooking food. Yes, you pay for the pleasure, but you know that every single thing on your plate is ethically sourced, cooked for perfection and the entire guest experience crafted with love.
We have vowed to return; the food, staff and decor - everything was perfect and that is absolutely worth paying for.
With thanks to Sandra and Jim for a set meal for two.
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