There were three things that made May 31 special: the sun was shining in Edinburgh and it wasn’t even June; the trams had (finally) started running; and, most importantly, at last I was getting an opportunity to sample the food at Magnum.
I must admit there had been a couple of false starts. I’d like to say it was due to my packed social diary but have to confess it was because of my inability to read a calendar properly.
This all added up to make Magnum a tantalising delight, as well as an interesting looking venue with its twinkling lights in the evenings and outdoor seating area on a rare day of Scottish sunshine.
The menu boasts an array of tempting dishes using fresh produce sourced locally. Several plates of very large tempura battered Pittenweem haddock went past and looked so inviting that even Christie commented she wished that she liked fish!
However, she was already tossing up between the beef and onion burger and the chicken and bacon burger with the latter eventually getting her vote.
Noting the size of portions she by-passed a starter but the goats cheese and radish salad with three types of beetroot from the set lunch menu was not going to be overlooked by me. It was a refreshing start to the meal on a warm day.
I followed it up with salmon in a soy glaze and Asian salad which was as tasty as it was appealing on the plate.
I must confess to ‘pinching’ a couple of the handcut chips which were absolutely delicious – crisp on the outside and fluffy inside – and well worth ordering as a side.
However, my healthy eating in the first two courses was forgotten as I perused the desserts on offer. After being tempted by the caramel panacotta with gingerbread ice cream, I plumped for the cranachan cheesecake with raspberry compote – well berries are good for you, and it was a creamy, fruity delight. My dining partner on learning chocolate fudgecake was available, was immediately sold and assured me it was as gooey and light as it looked.
All those of you who think you are being adventurous by heading off the capital’s Princes Street or Rose Street to dine in the plethora of eating places in George Street, well, stretch your legs a little further and head for Magnum.
Pass Harvey Nichols on the right, Portrait Gallery on the left, straight down Dublin Street and at the corner with Albany Street is nestled Magnum. I don’t think you will be disappointed.