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A Room in the West End
A Room in the West End
23 William Street,
West End,
Edinburgh,
EH3 7NH
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0131 226 1036
7 Days for Lunch from 12 noon- 2; Dinner from 7.30pm

Review written August 2009

West end gem

'A ROOM' IS A BIT OF A WEST END GEM. TUCKED UNDER TEUCHTERS BAR, IT IS A CAVERNOUS RESTAURANT WITH A DISTINCTLY SCOTTISH HOSPITALITY AND MENU. IT IS PERFECT FOR PARTIES, COUPLES AND EVERYONE IN-BETWEEN. WHEN WE VISITED, THE SEATS HAD BEEN ARRANGED TO ACCOMMODATE SOME LARGE GROUPS WHILST WE WERE SEATED IN AVERY OWN PRIVATE, HOBBIT-LIKE ALCOVE.

For starters, I plumped for the pumpkin gnocchi with shredded ham hock, slow-roasted cherry tomatoes and bocconcini (£5.95) whilst my partner went for the seaweed, aubergine and Mull cheddar bake with rocket and walnut pesto and poached free range egg (£5.95). The gnocchi was delicious and colourful and the warm sweet taste went wonderfully with the intense, sun-dried flavour of the tomatoes and rich ham. Bocconcini, for those who don't know, are little white balls of mozzarella. The pesto in my partner's dish was fresh and lush in texture and the walnut complemented the strong, earthy, flavours. Two very colourful, imaginative and impressive starters.

For main course, I chose baked Atlantic cod fillet with carrot and parsnip gratin, tea-smoked mussels and saffron creamed leeks (£17.95), and my partner went for the special ten ounce char-grilled Aberdeen Angus rib-eye with toasted Stornoway black pudding and pancetta-wrapped scallops, all in a Glayva jus (£22.95). The dish made him beam with delight; the steak was of monstrous proportions but still cooked succulently and perfectly medium rare. The pudding was moist and spicy; the scallops delicious with the salty pancetta and the jus soaked everything perfectly. My cod was a substantial piece of fish, and I particularly liked the gratin with its chunky vegetables. The smoked mussels were good too, however, I couldn't help feel that if they had been put in a sauce with the leeks and spooned over the halibut, this would have bound the whole dish together. Delicious nonetheless.

Dessert was two spoons and a steamed strawberry and ginger pudding with fudge crème fraiche and raspberry syrup (£5.25). A lovely summer pud!

The food at this restaurant is hearty, imaginative Scottish fayre and more than enough to keep a couple of hobbits very happy.

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