THE CASTLE TERRACE RESTAURANT, 33-35 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EL,T: 0131 229 1222, Websitre: www.castleterracerestaurant.com Tuesday to Saturday 12-2 and 18.30 to 22.00, Closed Sunday and Monday
RATINGS: Food: 5, Ambience: 4, Service: 5, Drink selection: 4, Toilets: 4, Web site: 4, Total: 26/30
The name may be bland but this is more than made up for by the creativity of the cuisine. This is refinement redefined, sophistication without being stuffy and culinary flair at the leading edge, showcasing the finest ingredients from Scotland’s world-famous larder. The French-Scottish dishes have made this a haven for discerning diners and, since the restaurant opened in July 2010, it was won a number of awards including Restaurant of the Year and Most Innovative Restaurant. It is easy to see why. The visual appeal of the food blends with a fusion of flavours. What’s more, Castle Terrace take attention to detail to an exceptionally high level. They even created special menu to accommodate my lactose intolerance. It was so appealing that several of my companions were interested in considering my dishes rather than options on the regular menu. That attention to detail was evident as we chatted before lunch. Canapés arrived on individual wooden platters and were an indication of what was to come. The restaurant’s passion and philosophy – from nature to plate – is attracting a healthy clientèle. The restaurant was has a relaxing atmosphere and deserves attention.