Good food that Shore sets you up for the night

The Malmaison overlooks the Water of Leith in the trendy Shore area.
The Malmaison overlooks the Water of Leith in the trendy Shore area.

A good night out in the city usually costs an arm and a leg but if you get the right deal it can be done on a budget.

When you see a deal for dinner (two courses), bed and breakfast for two for £99 at the Malmaison hotel down Leith it’s worth pushing the boat out a little as I discovered to much pleasure recently.

Dinner also comes with a bottle of wine and two free cocktails in the hotel’s busy ‘Malbar’. I chose the Cosmopolitan cocktail after dinner simply because the main ingredient was Belvedere vodka.

After a quick check-in and a bottle of wine in the room we were ready for dinner in the brasserie, a dark, moody, art deco but slightly Gothic room that could have been inspired by either Tim Burton or Baz Luhrmann, I can’t make up my mind. Very nice, however.

The place was packed, although this could have been down to the online offer, but nevertheless a good sign.

Service is very professional with the waiters and waitresses all well trained and very smiley and polite so we were pouring the house white and ordering within 10 minutes of sitting down.

I ordered the crispy white bait fish with a mayonnaise dip for starters and sausage and mash in a sauce for main, while Karen had prawn cocktail with pumpernickel bread and then smoked haddock fishcake with spring onions, spinach, poached egg and mustard sauce.

The white bait is a dish of small fish with the skin and heads still on, but don’t let that put you off, they are very nice on their own or dipped in the flavoured mayonnaise which had a slight kick to it.

My posh bangers n’ mash was probably one of the nicest I’ve tasted thanks to the deep red, thick, rich sauce which accompanied it.

The creamy mash helped dull the spicy edge to the sauce but not to any detrimental extent, quite the contrary in fact, and while the sausages were quite slim and the portion a tad smaller than I’m used to, the dish as a whole is surprisingly filling.

Karen’s fishcake looked very appealing and I was assured it was as tasty as it looked, as were her chips.

The Malmaison’s location is perfect for a night out along the shore, an area now thriving with both traditional and modern bars and restaurants.

We ended up in The Granary for the rest of the night being entertained by two extremely talented guitarists.

Breakfast was a also quality affair with a brilliant choice including a full English.

I’d happily pay full price for this type of package.

Malmaison Brasserie

1 Tower Place, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 7BZ

0844 693 0652