A taste of heaven on trip to capital

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Everyone has their own idea of heaven, but I now know that mine comes in a small white ramekin filled with passion fruit creme brulee.

A perfect portion of creamy custard with a fruity zing and crisp sugary topping was a perfect ending to this amazing meal in The Stockbridge Restaurant.

Tucked away in basement premises in the capital’s St Stephen Street, it was only because I’d heard there were fairy lights on the staircase down to the entrance that made it easy to find. However, it seems that locating it is no problem as it was bustling on the Friday evening we visited, but clever placing of tables meant it didn’t feel crowded.

There is an a la carte menu but we decided on the set menu which offers fantastic value and looking around, it appeared most diners were taking this option.

But there was certainly no skimping on either service or quality. The waiting staff were attentive without being overbearing – always a plus as I hate to be fending off over-zealous enquiries checking I’m enjoying my food.

After (finally) deciding on our choices, delicious homemade bread was brought to the table – three varieties accompanied by a piquant chervil dip.

Being a typical Scottish spring evening outside, the wild mushroom soup with croutons was a perfect selection, warming and tasty, while the smoked trout, smoked makerel pate and smoked haddock bon bons with sweetcorn puree not only looked like artistry on a plate, it was a delicious combination of fish.

Next choice was even more difficult, but this time it was my turn to go for fish with seared coley accompanied by crab risotto, avocado ice cream, fennel cream and langoustine sauce. An unusual mix, particularly the ice cream, but it worked and the cleared plate was testament to how enjoyable it was.

We decided the vegetarian option was ‘posh’ poached egg on toast. It looked lovely and I’m assured the poached duck egg with wild mushrooms, toasted brioche and hollandaise sauce was extemely tasty – but I can’t give a definitive answer as it was so good I didn’t even get a small corner to try!

We both chose the afore mentioned heaven in a ramekin before rounding off with coffee and homemade chocolates – someone had obviously gone to a lot of trouble to make them and it would have been rude not to clear the plate ...

There are lots of places to choose from in the capital, but The Stockbridge Restaurant is one you will want to return to again and again.