I often wonder why Bread Street is called Bread Street. Did it once house a large bakery? Was it the route of the Warburtons boy on a bike? Or is it just called Bread street after a Mr and Mrs Bread? Who knows. One thing I do know is that it is home to the Bread Street Brasserie part of the Double Tree by Hilton and it is most definitely an asset to this area.
The restaurant is bright, clean and contemporary with large floor to ceiling windows. The décor is a gorgeous lush teal green and grey. A mixture of seating including extremely high back grey booths and bucket seats.
The menu is a classic Scottish menu with starters such as Haggis, Neeps and Tatties with a whisky sauce, Smoked Salmon with Horseradish cream and pickled cucumber and Chef’s Soup of the Day.
Whilst perusing the menu, the most delicious flavoured bread I’ve had in a while was delivered to the table. Cranberry and sunflower seed. I also noted that if you didn’t like cranberries, they happily substituted it with plain bread.
For starters I chose the Smoked Haddock Bon Bons with Chilli and Ginger mayo, tartare sauce, pea shoots, and a lemon and caper dressing.
This dish was lush! Those three smoked haddock bon bons were so warm and comforting. Crispy on the outside and soft potato and chunks of haddock on the inside. I couldn’t really taste the chilli and ginger in the mayo but it did bring a lovely creaminess to the dish. The wee capers added the tang and the pea shoots brought the freshness.
My dining partner choose a vegetarian option and I got dish envy. This was the St Maura Ash Goats Cheese with roasted beetroot, walnuts and watercress.
A simply stunning dish. The chalkiness of the goats cheese mixed with the earthy sweetness of the roasted beetroot is a perfect combination. I love walnuts and for me, the crunch of the walnuts rounded off this dish perfectly.
For your main you can choose off the Mains or from the Grill. On the Mains you’ll find dishes like Fish n Chips, Seabream with olives, dried tomato and basil crushed potatoes; or Slow Cooked Pork Belly with black pudding and ham hock croquette. From the Grill the Buffalo Burger and the Falafel Burger sound delicious.
I choose the Pork Cutlet with mushroom duxelle, sweet potato fries and roasted cherry tomatoes with peppercorn sauce.
Unfortunately, I choose a dish that is very hard to get right. Pork chops are quite difficult to cook super tender and so mine in part was extremely chewy and the mushroom duxelle just didn’t look appetising enough to eat. The pepper sauce had too much pepper in it but without any depth of heat. However the sweet potato fries were nice and crispy and very tasty.
The next main dish was the Braised Beef Shin with lentils, haggis bon bons and parsnips three ways.
A beautiful looking plate of food and the smell was amazing. The beef shin was tender and fell apart, the haggis bon bon was crispy and cutting into it released the peppery aroma. The parsnips came in puree, roasted and shavings. Not a crumb was left on this plate.
For dessert you have 4 choices and a cheese platter. I like menus like this; less is more. I always battle with dessert menus so when I only have a few options it only takes me 15 minutes or so to decide.
I chose the Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream. Boy oh boy, was this good and a wonderful way to end an enjoyable meal.
The sticky toffee cake was super moist and smothered in the butterscotch sauce leaving enough in a pool at the bottom of the plate to scoop up extra onto your spoon with each mouthful.
We also ordered the Apple Crumble with custard and a side of vanilla ice cream.
A deep dish delivering delicious mouthfuls of stewed apples that were soft and sweet with the crumble light and buttery. The custard was smooth and velvety.
As it was a school night and we were both driving, we only drank sparkling water but they do have a New World wine list along with some of our best Scottish Craft Beers, whiskies and gins. Had I been drinking I would have chosen the Chablis Ladichelle from France as this would have stood up to the pork.
Although my main of Pork was disappointing, I have to say that they way in which it was handled was superb. The check backs on our food were consistent and well timed, the staff are wonderfully friendly, very accommodating, helpful and accepting of critique. They handle negative feedback well and for this, I can only highly recommend this place.
The Bread Street Brasserie are also making waves in the world of all things Vegan and the first Wednesday of each month is Vegan Wednesday where you’ll get three courses for £17.99. I must say the Black Bean Burger with maple syrup mustard sounds incredible.
The Bread Street Brasserie, Double Tree Hilton, Bread Street, Edinburgh
Tel : 0131 221 5558 www.breadstreetbrasserie.co.uk
My Spoon Award : Silver 8/10