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North Bridge Brasserie
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North Bridge Brasserie
20 North Bridge,
Edinburgh,
Midlothian,
EH! 1TR
0131 622 2900
Mon-Fri 7am-1am; Sat & Sun 7.30am-1am

Executive Head Chef Paul Hart has one rosette which, according to the awarding body the AA, indicates “how well a chef manages to apply advanced technique whilst retaining maximum flavour, assuming an appropriate quality of source ingredients".

Normal prices at NBB reflect the quality of the food thus offering a set price menu (three courses for £25) on a Monday evening has instant appeal.

 

The ambience befits that of a top hotel in a major European Capital; relaxed and urbane whilst service is friendly and professional. I am pleased to see carafes of wine are offered, (375mls carafes £8-£12). Such a sensible idea.

 

I started with cured salmon with pickled apples and cucumber, caviar and crème fraîche whilst my trusty wing man Mr Bite chose mushroom soup with crispy garlic mushrooms. The salmon was delicately sliced and lemony, the apple had ripe autumnal sweetness and the snow white cream dotted with jet black caviar looked very pretty. Mr Bite was similarly happy with his uber-mushroomy soup.

 

Main course was the pan-fired cod with Bollinger (a nice play on Boulangère) potatoes, baby artichoke and red wine reduction for me. The cod was cooked golden brown, the potatoes were infused with flavour and the thick reduction stood up to the meaty fish and bound the whole dish together. Mr Bite had the flat iron steak with green beans, sautéed potatoes and béarnaise sauce. He appreciated the attention to detail and presentation in this tasty dish.

 

Dessert was the Scottish artisan cheese selection for me served with chutney and oatcakes. As with all the evening's dishes presentation was excellent; in this case a colourful mis-en-scene on a black slate.  From the five cheeses the Clava brie was particularly ripe and oozy.  A thin slice of lightly toasted pannetone and grapes in addition to the chutney facilitated many a mini cheese combo. Mr Bite enjoyed the chocolate and hazelnut torte with nugget ice cream immensely. The chocolate was of the good quality bitter variety and the ice cream had good home made texture.

 

North Bridge Brasserie offers a sophisticated dining experience in lovely surroundings. A reliable choice for many a different occasion and definitely worth a try on a Monday.

 ( S. Wilson).

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