Hunger pangs were biting as I rattled the door to get into A Room in Leith.
Diners already seated must have wondered who the deranged woman was ... trying to enter through the fire door.
It was then pointed out that perhaps it would be better to use the correct entrance. Well my excuse was that the sign was above this door but sheepishly I made my way in – and after a couple of hours in this cosy location I was certainly glad I had.
Billed as a Scottish bistro, it offers fabulous food using prime locally-sourced ingredients. Not only does the food look good but it tastes delicious and it is all served up in pleasant surroundings.
With three separate but connected areas, including the conservatory where we were seated, it never appears crowded. And with an eclectic mix of furnishings, it provides a relaxing venue for lunch and dinner whether you are dining as two or a larger party.
With the set lunch menu offering lots of choice we plumped for this although the Leith favourites, including a bowl of steaming mussels in a choice of sauces and the seafood platter were tempting.
For starters the warm courgette and chestnut roulade intrigued and I wasn’t disappointed. Served with a delicate saffron and lemon cream cheese dressing with sweet potato crisps it almost looked too good to eat ... but I’m glad I indulged because the taste was amazing.
A dinky venison shoulder bridie served with parsnip puree, shallot jam and balsamic jus was also given the seal of approval.
While the lager battered haddock with hand-cut chips had caught my eye, I eventually decided on the grilled fillet of North Sea cod. Served with crushed caper and coriander potatoes, pinenut and chilli salsa and citrus aioli, it was delicious and a perfect light choice for lunch.
With the rain battering against the glass, the slow roasted Ayrshire pork belly on Kailkenney potato cakes, with crispy balls of Stornoway white pudding and a caramalised onion and cider gravy was perfect comfort food.
As was the warm vanilla and cinnamon sponge with Drambuie custard and apple compote.
The banoffee pie was a sweet, creamy concoction with my only criticism that the banana could have been cut a little smaller – I had visions of it flying across the table as I tucked in.
A Room in Leith was a perfect place for a winter lunch, but I definitely want to return in better weather to make use of its lovely outdoor seating.