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The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant
The Scottish National Galleries,
The Mound,
City of Edinburgh,
0131 225 1550

The Scottish Café & Restaurant Scotland meets Italy I was excited by an invite to sample the menu at the recently refurbished Scottish Café on the Mound.

Owners, Victor and Carina Contini, are third-generation Italians who are clearly proud of their Scottish heritage too.  Fabulous, fresh produce is sourced from every corner of Scotland and Scottish textile designer, Mairi Helena has designed a feature wall.

I’d chosen a great day to lunch in town as an Indian summer bathed Princes Street in the beautiful, warm sunshine. The choice of eating "al fresco” in the smart outdoor area overlooking the gardens or inside was left to my lunch companion. As we’d both forgotten to bring sunglasses, the decision was easy!

We were quickly seated at a comfortable indoor table by the window. For lunch you can choose from delights such as Traditional Hot Butteries with a choice of Scottish fillings, (I had my eye on the Findlay’s of Portobello Haggis), Sandwiches (huge!), or more substantial plates like the Eyemouth Crab starter served with French Toast and harissa mayonnaise and mains like Perthshire Chanterelle Risotto, Inverurie Lamb, and Peterhead Cod Kedgeree. Two courses are £22.

We, however, were immediately seduced by the sharing platters! The Mound Platter was a celebratory plate showcasing the very best of Scotland's artisan producers; Belhaven Smokehouse sea trout, homemade salmon pate, Lanark Blue cheese, Isle of Mull Cheddar, Peelham Farm cured ham, Great Glen venison salami, Black Crowdie cheese and more! A selection of biscuits and chutney (including gluten-free) was fantastic likewise the lightest focaccia bread I've tasted. This platter was for 2-3 people, and at £35 was truly scrumptious fare – Scotland on a plate with a touch of Italy thrown in for good measure.

I couldn’t resist crowning my lunch with a retro Knickerbocker Glory where the Italian love of ice cream mixes with Scottish raspberries.

We couldn’t eat it all, but a nice touch from Charlotte the manager (she’s from Poitiers in France you know) was the offer of a ‘food waste aware’ doggy bag. (D Hughes.) 

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