Wedgwood is a well-known eatery on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, a street which is about as posh as its name suggests. Something of an institution in Edinburgh, Wedgwood had elevated expectations to meet, and did not disappoint; it was there that I experienced a near life-changing Scottish beef fillet… but I’m getting ahead of myself.
The décor of the place is cosily classy, all neutral tones and homey feels, if home came furnished with lovely, stylish waitresses. However, conversation was a little difficult because of poor acoustics, making my friend Serra and I feel as if we needed to shout across the table at one another. It happened to be a busy night too (most nights are there), with some very noisy people.
We were treated to some amuse-bouches to start: Smoked salmon with beetroot, Pork and chutney and a small shot mug (if that’s a thing) of hot Potato and leek soup, all delicious. We were also presented with some bread and olive oil with thyme and garlic to dip. The bread was very salty and some might have found the garlic overpowering, but I personally like that.
To start, I went for the trusty old favourite of scallops – Sound of Mull diver caught scallops, to be specific, with cauliflower korma, pineapple, capers, pistachio and peanut dust. It was pure heaven. Those Sound of Mull divers clearly know what they’re doing, as these beauties were eye-watery fresh and delectable, while the accompaniments balanced just so. Serra had the Coriander and pink pepper crushed Buccleuch estate beef fillet carpaccio, with smoked Hebridean sea salt, Brazil nut milk, sesame courgette spaghetti, which was tender, flavourful and very black peppery.
The main, as I hinted earlier, was a revelation. The Scottish beef fillet, with new potato fries, bone marrow fritter, seasonal vegetables served with a choice of haggis, brandy and pepper cream or truffled jus (I chose the haggis jus of course – got to keep it Scottish) will set you back almost £30, but after tasting it I understand why. I have never had a piece of beef so juicily tender and delicious. The bone marrow fritters were also exquisite in a slightly stomach-turning way, if that’s possible. It tasted great but there was something disgusting about the texture, and look. The haggis sauce was wonderful, and the potatoes and vegetables were fine, but it was really all about that beef.
Serra’s main was the Sesame and soy glazed sea trout, with crisp scallop roe, braised pak choi, lobster and black bean nori roll, lobster and tomato dressing. Except the fish wasn’t trout, it was salmon. Nevertheless a delicious main, with a distinctly Asian flavour, though the rolls were somewhat lacklustre in appearance; I could roll better-looking sushi. Only half marks for presentation.
My dessert was the very Sticky toffee pudding with caol ila butterscotch, vanilla ice cream. The butterscotch was a treat, as was the vanilla cream, though the cake itself was nothing extraordinary. Serra’s dessert was, however, the Dark chocolate cream with beetroot and roasted almond it was not quite like anything I’ve had before. More of an experience than a dessert, the fusion of beetroot and chocolate cream did sort of work, once you got over the unusual nature of it.
Overall, the starters and my main were impressive and worthy of the restaurant’s popularity.
Price – £118 (excluding service).
Ambience – Could be worked on.
Service – Friendly.
Bathroom – 4/5.
For reservations and further information please visit: www.wedgwoodtherestaurant.co.uk