Edinburgh’s Royal Mile must be up there as one of the most famous streets in the world. While it doesn’t have the glitz of New York’s Fifth Avenue or the wide open grandeur of the Parisian Champs Elysesse, it has it’s own unique attraction, steeped in history and stunning architecture.
Linking Edinburgh Castle with the Palace of Holyrood, the route is a rabbit warren of closes which, if you wander down, you can discover more beautiful buildings hidden away.
While Wedgwood the Restaurant sits on the street, at the Canongate to be precise, it’s unobtrusive exterior hides one of those rare attractions, an eating place providing top quality food at reasonable prices.
Stepping inside only to discover we were the first diners, there was a hope that it wouldn’t remain so – it has happened before. However, we were quickly joined by other diners and indeed, during our time there, some tables were on their second sitting, and the small downstairs seating area was also in use.
It definitely appears that others have discovered the quality and the value of food being prepared by Paul Wedgwood and his talented team, with a mix of diners from couples of all ages, family groups and the inevitable ‘ladies who lunch’.
With two courses for £12.95 and three for £16.95, the lunch menu’s offering of choices provided something to suit all palates.
My choice of grilled goats cheese with gazpacho sauce and wild garlic flowers was a light, tasty starter, while I was assured that the duck rillette with black pudding, pickled apple and tarragon alioli tasted as good as it looked.
For main the pan-fried coley served with chorizo, pearl onions, peas and languoustine sauce was a wonderful combination of flavours. The clam risotto, sea spaghetti garnished with tiny fried whitebait also received top marks.
As someone who normally never orders dessert, perhaps the thing I love most about writing reviews is being able to forget about the calories all in the name of work. Dedication or what!
The white chocolate, pistachio and raspberry fool was an elegant way to round off the meal with a wonderful, light combination of flavours, while the chocolate brownie was a more intense flavour but perfectly served with vanilla cream and pistachios.
Wedgwood the Restaurant has recently been awarded Restaurant of the Year 2013 by Scottish Licensed Trade News for the third time – after dining there, I know why.
Wedgwood the Restaurant, Royal Mile, 267 Canongate, Edinburgh, 0131 558 8737