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The Shore
3 The Shore,
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0131 553 5080
Mon-Sat 12pm - Late; Sunday 12:30pm - Late

The Shore is a Leith Gastro Pub that resembles a Brown Café in Amsterdam with Scottish produce whilst cooking skill and influence are obviously French. Perfect then for cosmopolitan Leith. 

Bread is broken, water sipped and drinks ordered as me and Mr Bite scrutinize the menu. 

To start he has the ham hash cake, poached egg and hollandaise (£6); shredded flavoursome meat mingles with creamy mash, a wobbly egg and tangy sauce, a scrummy, heart warming dish that could be eaten any time of the day.  I have Queen scallops (£8) which are pretty spectacular. Presented in the shell they are sweet and buttony soaking in pepper and oregano sauce; it's impossible to resist mopping up this delicious jus with the freshly cut bread. 

For main course Mr B chose the burger but not any old burger. This was The Shore Bar wild boar & beef burger with cheddar cheese, baby gem, gherkins, brioche bun, smoked chilli mayo and Shore chips (£14.50). The meat was uniquely flavoursome, juicy and well-ground. Chips were of titanic size, but golden and crispy with a creamy rather than a fluffy texture. I don't often eat burgers but would travel for this one. For me however, it was the cod wrapped in Parma ham, roast celeriac, apple, black pudding bon-bon, carrot puree, mange tout (£17). The mange tout had been shredded to make a bed for the fish which, as is de rigueur with  portions at The Shore was very generous. Black pudding bon bons were super crispy with soft spicy pud; earthy roasted celeriac and fruit plus silky puree facilitated endless forkfuls of tasty combos. Yum. 

Desserts (£5.75) more than hold their own. For me then treacle & lime tart with Malibu gel, coconut ice cream, mango salsa, probably the only way I would consume Malibu. Great pastry, sweet gooey filling and cool ice cream completely hit the spot. Mr B was non-plussed by his chocolate parfait with cherry puree, chocolate soil, pralines, biscotti but he was being unfair. This milk chocolate treat would more than satisfy most people and I think he was simply jealous of my tart. 

With a good selection of ale and wine added to The Shore's many laid back charms it is the perfect spot for weekend brunch, a full on splurge or weekday supper. (S. Wilson).


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