Before reading this post, I want you to pick up your phone, dial 0131 5560006 and make a reservation. Once you’ve done this, pat yourself on the back because it’ll be the best thing you do this week!
The New Chapter restaurant is one of Edinburgh’s true hidden gems.
Located on Eyre Place in the New Town, a 15 minute walk from Princes Street/The Mound straight down Dundas Street or a 5 minute bus ride on the 23 or 27, this wee restaurant is absolutely nailing it when it comes to delivering some super tasty and beautiful dishes at very reasonable prices.
Lunches start at 2 courses for £16.95 or 3 courses for £21.95 whilst dinner is £17.95 for 2 courses and £22.95 for 3 courses (weekdays). But honestly, when you go, don’t bother with the 2 courses, go for the 3 as you will have food envy and just kick yourself that you didn’t have 3 courses!
The restaurant looks warm, cosy and inviting. It has seating for approx 30-40 covers upstairs with private functions rooms downstairs; the smaller will comfortably fit 16 people whilst the larger can accommodate around 30 people. Who knew!?!
They have a great concise wine list, listing some of my favourites such as the Albarino Clasico and an organic Amarone della Valopolicella. We choose a glass of Picpoul de Pinet to enjoy over dinner.
Bread is always welcome at my table and here we have super fresh sourdough with an amazing bright green herb infused dip. It was quite strong in flavour but very more-ish and I am so sorry, I got caught up in eating it, I forgot to scribble down the ingredients. No matter, you will love it!
Tartanspoonie Carmin dined with me and her choice of starters was the Wild Mushroom Arancini, truffle custard and pecorino cheese.
This is possibly the most wonderful starter dish I have eaten this year. I had total food envy but managed to poach a few spoonfuls off Carmin’s plate. Every single morsel on the plate is divine. The arancini were slightly crunchy on the outside, then you bite into this really soft arancini with delicate earthy flavours of mushrooms. The truffle custard had a deep dark garlicky taste whilst the pecorino provided the sharp saltiness. It’s a one way ticket to foodie heaven.
Now although I had food envy, when I started to eat my starter all thoughts of the arancini were forgotten!
This is the Beetroot and Pear Salad with Ragstone goats cheese and caraway seed dressing.
Such a beautifully plated dish. Ragstone goats cheese is a log-shaped goats cheese with a
bright acidity reminiscent of creme fraiche. The texture is smooth yet dense. The pears were poached but still held a slight bite and the beetroot was sweet and tangy. Another dish where every mouthful was a delight.
Onto Mains and I ordered the Short Rib of Beef with parmesan puree, bone marrow crumb, pickled walnut, roasted carrots and purple kale.
This is the ultimate comfort food. The beef was melt in your mouth. It fell apart as soon as you put your fork near it and was luxurious and unctuous. Silky mash, slightly crunchy carrots and the bone marrow crumb each added a new flavour to the each beefy mouthful.
Carmin tried out their 35 days dry-aged Ribeye steak with hand cut chips and peppercorn sauce. A large portioned dish with perfectly cooked medium steak. Chips were well stacked, chunky and hot. What more could you ask for on a really cold dreich rainy night?!
But lets talk about desserts. You know I have a thing about desserts and moan alot that not many places in the Burgh can deliver on desserts. Well, New Chapter can deliver and they do it oh so well.
I chose the Blackberries, white chocolate mousse, buttermilk granita, lemon verbena and olive oil sorbet.
I have to say that after taking several photographs of this, I did stare at it a while. The colours were so vivid and it was just visually stunning.
The sorbet was very interesting indeed and initially I couldn’t make up my mind if I liked it or not. It has a very powerful potent taste on it’s own but it cut pleasantly through the soft creaminess of the white chocolate mousse and the sharpness of the blackberries. I’d certainly eat this again.
Carmin went tropical with the Passion Fruit Posset with tropical fruits and coconut sorbet.
Bring me a vat of the coconut sorbet please! The meringues popped and overall a genuinely lovely way to end a fabulous dinner.
The service is brilliant, staff are attentive and friendly. Your expectations will be high, but I guarantee you they will be met!
They have a fantastic Hogmanay offer on too – £69pp. View their menu here
New Chapter, 18 Eyre Place, New Town, Edinburgh, EH3 5EP. Tel : 0131 556 0006
My Spoon Award : Tartan 10/10