Edinburgh’s restaurant scene continues to grow with a steady stream of new places opening and old places taking on new leases of life, it even has more restaurants per head than any other city in the UK, including London.
A gem in the city’s crown is Taisteal in Stockbridge. Family run, Taisteal – meaning travel or journey in Gaelic – is a contemporary Scottish restaurant which presents dishes using the best local Scottish produce combined with ingredients and culinary techniques from around the world.
As Edinburgh moves away from stuffy fine dining restaurants, Taisteal takes the best elements of the fine dining world and presents them in a far more relaxed way.
The inspiration for the restaurant came to Head Chef Gordon Craig and his wife Lucy whilst traveling in China and have made their dream a reality with the help of a small but dedicated staff team.
The food reflects the energy of the team and the result is refined but with flair, its delicately presented and packs a punch in terms of flavour.
The menu changes regularly but here is what we enjoyed when we visited recently.
To start, we both ordered, pan-fried scallops with satay sauce, black pudding and pomegranate.
For mains, I enjoyed pan-fried hake, crab cannelloni, courgettes, brown butter crumb and she had pork belly and cheek,black pudding gnocchi, celeriac and apple.
For dessert, we have baked Alaska with honeycomb.
Visit their website for more information and to book: www.taisteal.co.uk
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