Hamiltons is what I would call my local. I’m not a regular but have frequented the place a few times over the past few years. It’s located in a very handy spot just opposite the bus stop on Hamilton Place and is a stone’s throw away from the very popular and busy Sunday Stockbridge Market. It benefits from high footfall and the flurry of tourists and locals alike that like to meander through the pretty streets of Stockbridge.
Drinks and in particular cocktails were on the top of the agenda and luckily Hamiltons had some lovely ones on special as well as a few classics inside their bar book.
The Salted Caramel Old Fashioned was amazing made with banana infused Chairmans Reserve Rum, Salted Caramel and Black Walnut Bitters and one large solid block of ice. Loved it.
The Sweet Bird of Youth with Jack Daniels and Elderflower liqueur with a wee twist of orange also hit the spot.
We were hungry and there was three of us but luckily for us Hamilton’s have small plates and sharing plates.
The Ox Cheek Croquettes sounded scrumptious and were the one thing we all agreed on. Three battered balls of pulled beef on a bed of red pepper curd arrived and I wish we had all ordered our own plates of these. The red pepper curd was slightly course and sweet. The ox cheeks, succulent and juicy were finger-lickingly good.
We also ordered the Whole Camembert with honey and thyme served with sourdough bread and caramelised onion jam.
A decent portion arrived, and the smell of gooey cheese, thyme and honey filled the air. Nice generous portions of bread and jam meant that you could scoop up the cheese and top your bread to your hearts delight. Unfortunately, this dish was warm to slightly cold. It arrived to the table at the same time as the other two dishes and I think it had been waiting on the pass whilst the other dishes were being prepared.
Who doesn’t love nachos and we decided to continue with the sharing is caring theme of our evening. On the Hamiltons menu they list it as Corn Chips with melted cheddar, jalapenos, smashed avocado, sour cream and tomato salsa. You can pimp your nachos by adding chicken for an additional cost.
A massive tray arrived piled high with everything that makes you smile when it comes to nachos. It’s gooey, messy and tasty.
Unfortunately, this is where the deliciousness ended for me. If you read my blog on a regular basis you’ll know that I always bring up the shortage of restaurants that can produce decent desserts.
These desserts all tasted okay. They looked great for the photos but they didn’t quite hit the dessert high that I had hoped for.
Baklava is one of my all time favourite pastry desserts, so when I read Pistachio Baklava, rose water, filo, honey and raspberry cream on the menu, my wee heart skipped a beat and I honestly couldn’t wait for it to be sat in front of me.
Alas, it was not for me. I prefer my baklava drenched in honey, sweeter and with more nuts.
Up next was the Sticky Toffee Pudding, pan fried banana, salted caramel and vanilla ice cream. The toffee pudding wasn’t sticky, and the bananas had been pan fried but hadn’t caramelised or cooked until soft but the vanilla ice cream was nice.
Lastly, the Peanut Butter Parfait with homemade biscotti and chocolate espresso. This was nice but the presentation needs some work. Just too bland and it looks so uninviting.
Overall, Hamiltons does fabulous cocktails, really good food but I might skip the desserts next time. Service was good, and they accommodated us on a busy night.
Hamiltons, 16-18 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 5AU. Tel : 0131 226 4199 www.hamiltonsedinburgh.co.uk
My Spoon Award : Bronze 7/10