What a busy couple of months we’ve had over here at Every Edinburgh! From a special pop-up Tony Singh dining event to sampling the new menu at George Street Bar & Grill, we’ve been very busy bees. So, we thought it was about time we rounded up a couple of our favourites from George Street; the restaurants we’ve been adding to our calendars over the last few weeks, to point you in the right direction the next time you’re in need of city centre dinner plans. Because sometimes this over-saturated city centre street can present some real gems if you look hard enough!
Gin & Tony at Tigerlily
Top Edinburgh chef Tony Singh held another Gin & Tony event with Tigerlily’s executive chef Guy Callister at Tigerlily on George Street recently. These events run now and again over at the George Street staple restaurant, so keep up to date on their website to ensure you don’t miss the next one! As part of a packed dining crowd, we feasted on wonderful concoctions dreamt up by the dream team. A starter of vine tomato broth with handpicked Lunan Bay crab, mint and apple dumplings followed by Rannoch estate venison tartare “Gol Gupa” spiked with Malabar peppercorns, herbs & spices are just two of the dishes we were lucky enough to savour. The shining star, however, was the ‘Raan Masaledaar’; slow braised shoulder of Highland lamb with wild mushroom and Cassia rice, classic raita and pickled onions. Delish! This dish was presented rather majestically on a gigantic serving plate for our table of roughly 10 – however, we barely scratched the surface on it after multiple helpings each! It was, in fact, my personal first time sampling lamb and it was a mightily impressive introduction. Each dish was paired with a complementing gin cocktail such as the finale-worthy cocktail with Botanist gin, roesmary and chilli, lime juice, sugar and pina colada foam to accompany our chocolate mousse with lime & coconut, Botanicals & edible flowers. We’d certainly recommend popping along next time they host one of these special dining events!
George Street Bar & Grill
Somewhere we’ve never popped along to before is George Street Bar & Grill. Rather unassumingly placed on the western corner of George Street as part of the Roxburghe Hotel, the long-standing restaurant often takes a back seat on the Edinburgh dining scene. But, when an invite pinged into our inbox to sample dishes from their new menu with an exclusive tasting menu event, we were keen to see what they had to offer. And, boy, were we pleasantly surprised. The summer appropriate menu is awash with seafood, so we were treated to such dishes as pan fried fillet of sea trout with saffron mash, fennel, dill and sea buckthorn butter sauce, as well as the delicious fillet of sea bass with seafood linguine. However, an off-theme favourite was the butter roasted boudin noir with pommes puree, apple puree, sweet mustard and red wine jus; a french variety of black pudding, it was so rich and creamy and had us scraping our plates clean. Overall, the George Street Bar & Grill certainly proved itself as a real contender in the city centre. With Sunday roasts and brunch menus aplenty, there’s an all-day menu for every occasion and budget.
George Street Bar & Grill
130 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JZ