The Wee Restaurant, 61 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 1LH t: 0131 225 7983
RATING: Food 4.5; Atmosphere 3.5; Service 4.5; Drinks 4.5; Toilets 4; Website (theweerestaurant.co.uk) 4
The ethos behind the Wee Restaurant is to serve simple food and wine in a relaxed atmosphere (I would have preferred had the lighting be dimmed) and that has worked wonderfully well in picture-postcard North Queensferry, in the shadow of the magnificent Forth Rail Bridge, for ten years
Now Vikki Wood and her husband Craig have opened a branch in the big city across the Forth and it has been open for eight months in Frederick Street, in the heart of the Capitals’s business community.
The food quality remains. Pam picked chicken liver and brandy parfait with apple walnut and celeriac salad. My starter was Queenie scallops with lemon, garlic and parsley breadcrumbs.
The rich, creamy chicken liver worked perfectly with the salad and the breadcrumbs provided a pleasing mix of flavours which blended well with the scallops served in eye-catching shells.
Pam decided on traditional for her main with turkey and chestnut stuffing on a bed of savoy cabbage with and chipolata sausage and potatoes with a rich cranberry sauce.
I could not resist wood pigeon cassoulet with puy lentils, onion confit, sausage and herb gnocchi. The only disappointment was the gnocchi which lacked flavour.
The sweets looked irresistible and Pam’s Christmas pudding was light and spicy. I’m lactose intolerant. Mango and coconut moose was suggested and the creamy mousse (interestingly served in a kilner jar), was topped by crunchy, green pistachio nuts. Digging down, I found rich honey and raspberry flavours. Take a bow Matthew Innes, the chef on duty.