REVIEW : Stockbridge Restaurant, lunch menu

I love being a lady that lunches and on rare occasions that I have a weekend afternoon available, it’s nice to go somewhere where I know I’d be in good hands.

Stockbridge Restaurant on St Stephen Street now serve lunch on the weekends from 12:30pm to 2pm and their lunch menu is quite delightful with some strong tapas style dishes and mains which include a side dish.

I enjoyed an Elderflower Fizz on arrival (I was driving later on in the day) but it looked just like a glass of Prosecco so I didn’t feel left out.

We started off sharing some crudites. A very bright cheerful plate of cucumber, carrot and pepper sticks with pepper hummus arrived at the table. The hummus was really great, it was slightly chunky and had a great depth of flavour. A perfect munchie for snacking on whilst perusing the menu.

On the Tapas/starter side of the menu you’ll find dishes like Smoked Paprika Roasted Almonds, Crispy Squid Rings with Aioli, Crab Cakes with Tomato Salsa and Garlic Field Mushrooms on Toasted Brioche.

We all opted to go mains and dessert. So for main I ordered the Battered fish with Tartare Sauce and a side of chips. The fish was well cooked in batter and seasoned well. I love it when you tear into a fish fillet like this for the first time and all the steam releases from inside. The fish soft and flaky and roasting hot. The chips were light and fluffy and the tartare sauce was outstanding. Slightly chunky and tart but with a nice well seasoned creaminess.

Around the table, the Duck Confit with Cassoulet Bean Stew and the Seared Shetland Salmon was ordered. Both dishes were well presented.

The duck was succulent and just fell off the bone with just enough gravy to dunk the duck into and scoop up with the beans.

The salmon was cooked well and served with a medley of vegetables.

The nice thing about all these dishes is that they aren’t heavy. You’ll not be stuffed full and ready for an afternoon nap once you’ve finished! These are just the right sized servings and food that’s light, fresh and delicious well suited to a summery weekend lunch.

Desserts are the classics including this Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce. The sponge was light and sticky with the perfect balance of date-y stickiness and toffee. The butterscotch sauce was sweet and soaked into the sponge creating yummy bites again and again until it was gone.

There is also the cake or tart of the day, and in this case it was Strawberry Cheesecake. The cheesecake filling, I am told, was light and creamy with a strawberry hit.

You can also order IJ Mellis cheese board.

Stockbridge Restaurant is an intimate restaurant, with a lovely cosy atmosphere. The staff are attentive and friendly and nothing is too much of a hassle.

I’ve been here for dinner and it’s casual fine dining. It was nice to go for lunch as it’s a more relaxed vibe and a lovely wee oasis of calm when you need to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre or Stockbridge.

Stockbridge Restaurant, St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh.

Tel : 0131 2266766 www.thestockbridgerestaurant.co.uk

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