Edinburgh – Culinary Capital?

A visit to Edinburgh is always a delight, particularly if it includes a visit to Roy Brett’s Ondine Restaurant .  Monday evening I had a wonderful welcome from Colin Hart, who is one of the most professional and charming man in hospitaity! I could not decide between the Crispy Oysters with Oyster Mayonnaise or Vietnamese Dipping Sauce – Colin said have both – not a girl to shrink from a challenge, and with glass of champagne to hand  I did – fabulous, and I couldn’t decide which I preferred.  The lovely Jo Gunn had highly recommended the Fish Curry, Chef Roy Brett must ‘swim with the fishes’, the Fish Curry was so sublime, the flavours and the deconstructed presentation just so perfect. Butterflied fillets of mackerel, blazed skin down, glistening sweet flesh, nestled on a fragrant, spicy, reduced, tomato based curry.  With sides of shahi rice, fragrant with a crunch of nuts and a flash of fleshy golden sultanas, raita of cucumber and shaved red onion bound with a light silky yogurt.  The inspired pairing with Levin Gamay, matched the smoky tea, juicy red fruit, hints of rose petals, savoury, mineraly and perfectly balance acidity to take this dish to food heaven.  The Levin Gamay was so delicious, I had another glass, this time matched to a gorgeous washed rind cheese, Colin tempted me further with snifter of Malt Whisky, I kid you not, called – Sheepdip. Well, I was in Scotland, how could I refuse?  Matured in Spanish sherry barrels, it was delicious, vanilla, orange blossom, floral and spicy combined to lift a surprisingly delicate whisky, petit fours and one of the best double espresso’s I have had!    Ondine Restaurant, 2 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD Telephone: 0131 226 1888