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The Kitchin

Postby Barry » 13 Sep 2014 09:02

We visited the Kitchin at Leith, Edinburgh yesterday and what a place :!:

We arrived a little early and were showed to a reserved table in the bar and supplied with drinks and nibbles of flavoured rye bread and a light cheese dip covered with roasted seeds, the rye bread was very long thin crispy strips and rather tasty. Meanwhile we were perusing the menu, Tom Kitchin came through and had a word with everyone, which was a nice touch, nice easy going and a sense of humour. He asked if we'd come far, 180 miles I replied, "oh, no pressure then" :!:

Shown to the table and our orders placed, the restaurant is nicely done and the staff very good and plenty of them, attentive but not fawning, timings are excellent, a nice buzz about the place.

Appetizer of beetroot velouté with light cream horseradish topping with crust of crispy bacon and croutons, a lovely fresh from the oven soda bread to share.

Starters were a lamb tongue and sweetbread vol au vent - vegetable and chicken

Mains were cod cheeks served on a light sweet chilli and herb sauce - pork belly with fennel

Sweets were an apple crumble soufflé with ice cream - strawberry and blueberry tart with strawberry sorbet

Coffee and petit fours, a crispy chocolate truffle with a very rich dark chocolate centre and macaroon filled with a hazelnut filling.

The above is a very simplified description of what was a fabulous meal, the strength and depth of the sauces in particular was brilliantly done, the presentation on the plate was bordering on artistic. The service was excellent and not rushed, as you would expect of an establishment of this quality.
We have eaten some fabulous food in all sorts of restaurants and this is right up there, the food without a doubt is the best we have had anywhere :!:

The downside is you have to book a long way in advance, only to be expected, the cost .... Worth every penny :D
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Postby grannyM » 13 Sep 2014 10:33

That all sounds brilliant Barry. After travelling 180 miles it must have been quite a relief that it was. :)
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Postby Barry » 13 Sep 2014 10:47

grannyM wrote:That all sounds brilliant Barry. After travelling 180 miles it must have been quite a relief that it was. :)


Not quite as it seems, we had travelled up from home to Edinburgh to visit 'the kids' en route to Kingussie tomorrow for the week when we're staying at friends, but we did have to book the restaurant a while ago :D

It will be getting a return visit, looking at next time to take son, daughter and partners as well, it really is something special :clap:

Actually if anyone is on a cruise departing from Leith and staying overnight beforehand treat yourself the night before you sail, I doubt very much that you will be disappointed :thumbup:
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Postby Borneo » 13 Sep 2014 16:15

Nice one Barry. There is a restaurant in Padstow Cornwall (not a Rick Stiens ) in one of the side streets and it's only small. When we've been down there in April there is always a notice in the window " evenings Fully booked until October " . Tells you something about a place ,unfortunately I can't remember the name :oops: . Haven't been down for a couple of years since we sold our static caravan.
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Postby tobysgranny » 13 Sep 2014 17:36

Sounds yummy Barry!

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