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Kilted Lobster
112 St Stephen Street,
City of Edinburgh,
0131 220 6677
Mon, Wed & Thursday 5:30pm-10pm; Fri 5.30pm-10.30pm; Sat 12 noon-2.30pm and 5.30pm-10.30pm; Sun 12 noon – 8pm. Closed Tues


Scottish seafood – obviously. 

Stockbridge is such a lovely place to wander around at anytime but on a sunny early evening during the festival it is hard to beat. 

My evening’s entertainment started with a pre-prandial glass of vino in Smith & Gertrude.  Confession time, I always loved Retsina and Sataviano is a Greek wine grape used in the renowned holiday juice so I couldn’t resist. It is way more sophisticated of course with tropical notes and honeysuckle balancing acidity but still good value. I sank into a fat sofa to sip it and perused the homely book shelves. ‘Pre-prandial’ as I was heading to Kilted Lobster for more white wine and a fish dinner. 

Simone was already in the restaurant and was ‘camera-ready’. Painted blue tables are both fish and instagram-friendly. The restaurant is small and serves fairly posh fare but in a decidedly non-poncy setting. We ordered a bottle of Australian Pinot Grigio; another stonking white that suited the occasion and the food. Our waitress informed us that it was ‘Thermidor Thursday’ where you can have a whole lobster and a glass of Tattinger for £39.95. We decided to stick with à la carte this time. 

For starters I had a pot of mackerel pâté with three hunks of bread and Simone had calamari. These were such big portions that we immediately worried about tackling our intended three courses.  I feel crostini would have been a better accompaniment to the excellent rustic pâté and a wedge of lemon wouldn’t have gone amiss. Simone’s calamari had been sliced into ultra skinny rings of tender flesh and the tempura was light and crispy. The ‘seaweed spaghetti’ mentioned on the menu was actually samphire. A technically adept and all round good plate of squid. 

For main course I ordered a whole sea bream; I think it such a treat to have someone skilled cook a whole fish for you. On the side was watercress, a sweet pile of cherry tomatoes which I suspect were heritage, watercress and a roast fennel cake. All was simple and unspoilt. Simone had fillet of Shetland salmon with crab risotto, shallot purée & Scottish cockle butter. She commented that the salmon was perfectly cooked, soft and buttery; the crab risotto was creamy and the cockles juicy; both complemented the salmon without overpowering it. 

To say that puddings did not let the side down would be an understatement. The website We Want Plates would not approve of the tree trunk boards our starters and main courses were served on although they were still a far from ‘hipstergeddon’ territory. Desserts were presented on sparkling silver boards which were really fun - ‘disco puddings!’ With my pistachio panna cotta was a solid milk chocolate spoon and some shortbread and I scoffed the lot without blinking. Simone had chocolate and dark chocolate terrine with cherry gel which she said was a silky, rich and deliciously smooth dessert. 

Kilted Lobster does what is says on the tin. Scottish seafood served in a casual setting. It has certainly made a non-descript corner site a lot more interesting. (S. Wilson)

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