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West Room - Cicchetti
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The West Room
3 Melville Place,
West End,
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0131 629 9868

 Have you ever been to Venice? If so you can't forget the architecture, the canals, the beauty of a timeless city but also the Cicchetti.  

A Cicchetteria is where you want to grab a bite (cicchetto, similar to tapas) and a glass of wine (Ombra).

Now, you don't need to travel to Italy to eat Cicchetti just head to the West Room for a Venetian inspired menu.

The West Room has been recently taken over by Stefano Pieraccini who also owns the Seafood Restaurant in St Andrews. Stefano and head chef Paul (formerly Gardener's Cottage) designed the menu studying different recipes and seasonality. 

Mrs Bite and I couldn't resist. We went for a late lunch on a Sunday. The venue has a modern vibe with vibrant colours and big chandeliers. Space is deceptively generous, and you can stand at the bar, sit on stools for a drink or quick bite or relax at a table for restaurant treatment.

Our waitress suggested plates to share.  Crispy zucchini flowers, 'nduja arancini, finocchiona and stracchino bruschetta, baccalà crocchetta and homemade ravioli with goat cheese, ricotta and black garlic – please!

The batter on the flowers was crispy and light.  The spicy Italian sausage in the arancini gave a kick to the layer of saffron rice. Baccalà (a salted cod recipe typical of the area) was creamy and surprisingly tasty thanks to the herbs mixed inside the crocchetta. Bruschetta was lovely, but the black garlic overpowered the other delicate flavours. We left the ravioli until last and thought the complexity of ingredients and their balance was a creation worthy of fine dining.

We couldn't leave without tasting the homemade Sicilian cannolo with lemon and honey (Mrs Bite loves them) and Venetian biscuits with a chocolate dip. The crispiness of the cannolo dough made us sing 'hurray' while the delicate taste of lemon, rum and Tonka bean shortcrust biscuits put a smile on our faces. A bigger smile came with the bill, definitely affordable.

If you are looking for a casual dining experience with tasty bites book a table at the West Room, you won't be disappointed! (E. Vanello)


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