Dine with Stuart Muir, 10 (1F) Cambridge Street, Edinburgh EH1 2ED
RATING: Food 4.5; Ambience 5; Service 5; Drinks 4.5; Toilets 4.5; Website 4.5
Stuart Muir created Dine after moving from the highly-recommended restaurant in Edinburgh’s Harvey Nichols. It was, sadly, not on my radar until a kind invitation from a relative popped into my email box.
Now I’m a fan. Yes, I have read reviews from leading critics, but I prefer to go on what I witnessed and the food, service and ambience in this stylish, conveniently placed restaurant – it’s ideal for shops, the theatre and concert hall – proved a tonic and treat.
Yes, one could argue about the size of the portions and the fact that a small side of potatoes costs £3.50, but the food quality was superb. My Peterhead smoked mackerel, so often an underrated fish, with roast butternut and pumpkin salad and green lentil salsa, was packed with pleasing flavours, all complementary.
The glazed spiced pork cheek (no, it was not too fatty), burnt apple puree, cavalo nero and butter roasted celeriac, was equally captivating. My only gripe was that the portion was small.
I finished with a selection of British cheese. I was able to pick what I wanted, ideal, and the chutney was delightful. My wife enjoyed her Autumn mushroom risotto, roasted chestnut and truffle oil and enthused over the seasonal fruit crumble.
Others in the party were similarly glowing in their praise for Dine. You could be excused for missing it as it is on the first floor above The Traverse Theatre next to The Usher Hall. The experienced is worth having. PS: it was packed on the Sunday we visited.