I so want to alliterate here and say dining at Dine is delightful; but it deserves so much more. The decor is pretty magical with its living wall as you ascend the stairs and the large twinkling tree that takes centre stage in the dining area.
Dine have launched a new Market Menu and will soon launch their new A la Carte menu in time for Autumn/Winter. The market menu is great value for money – Monday to Friday lunchtimes/pre theatre and early dining, you can order 2 courses for £14.50pp or 3 courses for £19.50pp. There are some lovely dishes on the menu too which makes choosing rather difficult but it also gives you the perfect excuse to order a drink then peruse the menu at your leisure.
As it was a school night for us, we stuck with the good stuff – mocktails. There are three mocktails on the menu to choose from
Cinderella – pineapple and cranberry juice, coconut water, fresh lime, double cream float and cinnamon dust.
Virgin Spritzer – Pink Grapefruit juice, Almond syrup, Elderflower cordial and lemonade.
But the one that caught my eye was The Sober Cuban made with Organic Cloudy Apple juice, sugar syrup, fresh lime, ginger mint and soda water. Really tangy, really heavy on the ginger, sour, sweet with a bit of heat!
They have an extensive wine list and also have a special on their Coffee Cockails at the moment. Vodka Espresso Martini, Spiced Rum Espresso Martini, Espresso Ristretto and Flat White Martini available all day, all for £5 each.
Some pre dinner nibbles we tucked into some of THE BEST olives I’ve eaten in the UK. These are Catalonian Gordal olives; giant beautiful meaty green olives.
Chargrilled bread with red pepper hummus. Again, possibly some of the best hummus I’ve ever eaten.
It was freshly made, a mix between chunky and smooth, with the lovely earthy taste of chickpeas and the sweetness of the peppers. Scoop this up on top of the warm bread and for a few moments, nothing else exists. The olives, the bread and hummus along with a few cocktails, would make for a very delightful afternoon chatting with a bestie!
We mixed and matched a bit across the Market Menu and the A la Carte (you know I cant resist scallops!). Mr TartanSpoon enjoyed the Scottish Game rillette with homemade pickles and chargrilled ciabatta. Rillette is essentially pate. The pate was well seasoned, and quite course and the pickled veg added a nice crunch.
I ordered the Orkney Scallops with tiger prawns, caramelised fig, lemon chutney, split pea puree with chorizo crisps.
The scallops were soft, sweet and just melted like butter on my tongue. The fig was nice but it was slightly bitter; I preferred the chorizo crisp. I love scallops with black pudding so for me the chorizo twist worked well. Pretty dish!
Back to the Market Menu now for both main meals. Mr TS tucked into the Sea Bream with harissa and pepper couscous and romesco sauce.
I do apologise, the photos don’t do this dish justice. A well plated dish with the seabream balancing ontop of the couscous disc. The fish was cooked skin on, which was crispy and the fish cooked well. You’d love this dish if you are a fan of coucous.
I went for the Roast breast of Chicken with creamed root vegetables and crushed garlic potatoes.
For me this was the ultimate comfort food. Roast chicken with a heartwarming gravy and creamy veg – what’s not to like. A Sunday lunch at mums!
Both these desserts are new to the menu – the Milk Chocolate set creme and the Plum Eton Mess.
The Milk Chocolate set creme was a little underwhelming. It was a nice enough dessert with some strong elements but only order this if you are a chocolate fan as it is a small set piece of creamy chocolate.
The Plum Eton Mess was again quite nice. I particularly loved the cinnamon coated meringue shards. The plums were quite tart but the chantilly cream brought the sweetness back again. A nice cross over dish between something light and summery – meringues and cream and something warm and stewed for Autumn – the plums.
Under £20 each for 3 courses from the Market Menu is as I said at the start great value for money (just check the timings of evening bookings – after 7pm, 3 course dinner from the Market Menu is £24.50pp).
I can see why Dine is a popular spot for graduations, celebratory parties and a place that’s somewhere pretty special to go – not just because it looks great but because it delivers some pretty good food too!
Dine, Saltire Court, 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED. Tel : 0131 2181818 www.dineedinburgh.co.uk
My Spoon Award : Gold Spoon 9/10