I’m going to tell you to run people, run! Get your skates on or phone this number 0131 629 9868 to make a reservation because the food, atmosphere, drinks and staff here at The West Room are outstanding and the only regret you’ll have is that you never made a reservation!
Located in the West End, surrounded by lots of other wee eateries, corporate offices and no doubt Air BnB’s, The West Room is a hidden gem in plain sight. Take the plunge and go inside and you’ll be treated to a delightful evening from start to finish.
There is a long bar and some high stool and bar seating, but at the back to the left you’ll find a snug corner with approx 6 tables placed underneath the most ginormous lampshade I have ever seen. Seated at a table for two, our server is super friendly and warm, making us feel most comfortable, immediately. A quick run through of the menus and we are left to ponder the drinks and cocktails list.
I’m a sucker for a Spritz and with four ‘Spritz’s’ on the menu, it was the go-to. They also have a really fabulous Italian wine list and my wee heart jumped for joy when I spied a Primitivo Appassimento Red wine on the list. (big juicy cherry flavours!).
Back to the Spritz’s. I went classic Spritz with the Aperol Spritz and Carmin chose the Hugh Spritz with elderflower and mint. I have to admit that I hadn’t realised that you could have different varieties of Spritz’s but now I know; and they are all rather delicious.
The menu here is cicchetti style. Cicchetti are traditionally snacks served with drinks in Venice. It’s true Italian” tapas of simple, fresh small plates to share or eat alone. They recommend 6-8 plates to share; we went for 8 and left thoroughly stuffed!
Who could resist when Bruschetta’s look like this. Here we have smoked ricotta, walnut and grape all carefully placed and eaten with gusto. Bread was crunchy, ricotta smooth and creamy, walnuts adding the earthy tones whilst the grapes adding little pops of sweetness cutting through the creamy ricotta. Delightful!
Another option that sounds amazing is the Beetroot cured salmon and horesradish bruschetta. They also provide gluten free options too.
The plates of food arrive when ready, but they all pretty much arrived within minutes of each other. Up next the red pepper and goats cheese arancini.
Lightly fried, these are soft bon bons of yumminess. Bite through the soft shell and you find a soft gooey centre packed with flavour.
Up next the fries. These aren’t just plain fries. These aren’t parmesan cheese fries. No, these are Truffle Parmesan Fries LOADED with parmesan cheese and truffle oil.
To be honest, I’d happily have added an extra lashing of both the truffle and parmesan but what is delivered is plenty. Truffle has the deep umami flavour that just makes you keep coming back for more; and who can resist anything covered with cheese?! It’s a no brainer.
Stop! Stop scrolling. These two photo’s you need to take a long hard stare at and I can only repeat this again, run people run to the West Room and bury your face in this dish.
Homemade gnocchi with peperonata and San Danile ham. How can I describe the gnocchi here?? It’s like super light mash potato pillows that carry your tastebuds to heaven.
The dishes just kept coming. This is the homemade Ravioli of the day. You can order 3 or 5 of the overstuffed pasta parcels.
Cooked to perfection, pasta al dente and the filling soft, inviting and hot. The fillings change regularly, so ask whats on special that day.
Next we tried the Ardgay Venison meatballs with slow roast tomato ragu.
There was an underlying note of fennel or something aniseed but I love these flavours, so I wolfed them down. The tang and acidity of the tomatoes has made way for a deep and rich sauce, which complements the venison.
Panna cotta served with raspberries, hazelnuts and meringues.
Most definitely not your traditional panna cotta as there wasn’t a wobble in sight – possibly just well hidden in this bowl. The panna cotta was shallow and littered with a forest of granola, fruits and meringue shards. Each mouthful was filled with different textures and you do end up scraping the bowl, wishing there was more.
The Tiramisu as you know is an Italian Classic dessert. Served simply in a glass, the layers were delightfully light and airy. Strong hits of vanilla and coffee, cream and sponge. Absolutely no need for an after dinner coffee!
I can’t recommend the West Room enough. It’s possibly one of my favourite places now in Edinburgh for very relaxed sophisticated drink and dining.
The West Room, 3 Melville Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7PR. Tel :0131 629 9868 www.thewestroom.co.uk
My Spoon Award : Tartan Spoon 10/10
I was invited by The West Room to review their menu. Food and drink were complimentary but the views are very much my own.