Review of the Kilted Lobster
My review could be said to be biased and that I have a vested interest in the Kilted Lobster (the owner is my partner) but I also believe that there is no point in writing something that isn’t true. So I promise only to give you my honest opinion.
A group of foodie bloggers (Emily from FranklyMsShankly, Nell from Edinburgh Food Safari, Andrea from UrbanTraveller_, Slaine from Edinburgh Foody, Donnie and Raymond from Boys Eat Scotland) were invited to a special tasting menu dinner at the Kilted Lobster, just recently opened in Stockbridge on St Stephen Street.
The Kilted Lobster is a small restaurant were the chefs use Scotlands larder, gardens, seas and lochs to create stunning, imaginative, colourful and playful dishes that delight the eyes and the palate.
The atmosphere is friendly, fun, sea-side-ey where the tables and chair are painted a lovely sea blue, white walls and bright paintings that complement the colours of the Kilted Lobster – blue, orange and white.
The waitresses are smiley, welcoming, knowledgeable and friendly; happily explaining the ingredients and components of each dish and informing us of the wine and champagne that accompanied each course.
We had 6 courses which included the following:
Palate Cleanser – 4 mini yard of ale glasses which included pear, apple, carrot & ginger and orange. I love carrot & ginger and opted for this one. A lovely way to start your dining experience, preparing our tastebuds for the canapes.
Starters – Woodland Pigeon Breast, Fruit Dumpling, Stornoway Black Pudding, Chorizo Crumbles with Merlot Syrup. The pigeon was nice and earthy and went so well with the fruit dumpling and black pudding. A lovely little taste explosion. This dish is served on wooden plates that enhance the down to earth-ness of this dish. Accompanied by Cabernet Sauvignon red wine from Banrock Station.
Mains – Seafood Platter consisting of Scottish Calamari, West Coast Langoustines, Cod Fillet, Mussel Veloute and Gluten Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi. A seafood celebration on a plate. The calamari was definitely some of the best I have tasted. They were lightly crumbed giving it some crunch and then the calamari was melt-in-the-mouth. The langoustines were cooked to perfection, with plenty of garlic butter drizzled over the sweet meat. Fish was perfect and flaky, mussel veloute tasty and the gnocchi complimented all the seafood. Accompanied by Henri Cachet Champagne.
Dessert – Jura Soaked Clootie Dumpling, hand-made Petit Four (Chocolate Ball of soft sweet delicousness), Tablet and Toffee Apple Pannacotta. We were all looking forward to dessert and it didn’t disappoint. I started by taking a bite from each component as each one looked so good, but each piece deserved my undivided attention so I decided to eat each part separately. The Pannacotta, for me, was the star of this dish.
Tea and Coffee
It was lovely to see so many couples in; the place does lend itself to being an intimate place where you can spend some quality time but obviously large groups are welcome too. It has 24 covers. Christmas bookings are filling up well, ideal for larger groups as you’ll have the place mostly to yourself!
Our tasting menu delivered a sample of what’s on offer at the Kilted Lobster, but they have two weekly Food Nights – Friday is Lobster & Champagne night where you can get a whole Scottish lobster and a glass of champagne for £28 (£16 for half and a glass); and Sunday belongs to the great Sunday Roast. Pork, beef and /or lamb will make an appearance on a Sunday alongside whole roasted Salmon and all the accompaniments.
With all that said, there is another very special dimension to this restaurant and the ethos behind it. Kilted Lobster runs as a Social Enterprise; this means that any profits made from the restaurant are gift aided to Cooking Up a Storm (running community projects around cooking and training). Currently they will be piloting the following projects over the next coming months:
• Workplace & job training for school leavers and individuals with barriers to work. Working with The Job Centre and the Princes Trust.
• “Meal Banks” where they invite families and individuals facing financial hardship to complimentary dine with them
• Cookery classes for single parent families wishing to learn how to cook inspiring healthy & nutritious food on a budget
• Cookery classes for individuals diagnosed with food related health conditions such as diabetes or food allergens
Colin will be working with FEAST : An Appetite for Change and the Real Junk Food Project to deliver up to 100 meals to families and individuals facing hardship this Christmas Day. This is all part of the Kilted Lobster ethos in giving something back.
So put very simply : the more you wine and dine at the Kilted Lobster, the more money can be put back into the community through training, workshops, cookery classes and meal banks.
It’s such a feel-good factor that you can’t but help want to support. For more information on the Kilted Lobster follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – kiltedlobster or visit www.kiltedlobster.com. To book a table contact 0131 220 6677
My Spoon Award : Tartan
The Kilted Lobster, 112 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh