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Black Pig & Oyster - An Iberian Adventure in Leith
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Black Pig & Oyster
82 Commercial Quay,
City of Edinburgh,
0131 285 6900
Tues-Thurs 12pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-11.30pm

A lazy long lunch is up there with my favourite indulgent pleasures, and Leith is absolutely brimming with eateries that serve food all day. New kid on the Commercial Quay block is Black Pig and Oyster, a family-run enterprise, originally established in Madeira.

As I awaited my dining partner and Leither gentry to arrive, Mary Moriarty (famous as ex-publican of the Port O’ Leith, she’s seen it all), I chatted with owner Michelle who enthused about the provenance of their Iberian black pig. They have been sourcing from the same Spanish farm for over twenty years, and swear it’s as good as fillet steak (it is, but more on that later). Mary had been patiently waiting outside, and found her way in to the sunny conservatory.

As it was a Thursday, we had the Thursday Tapas Menu. As the wee dishes arrived and the wine flowed Mary and I blethered about her memories of Leith. The food has always been good in Edinburgh’s port, but we both agreed that recently there has been a seismic shift to the exceptional. 

Eight small dishes were delivered one after the other, beautifully presented with the high standard of a fancy tasting menu albeit at refreshingly ‘Leith’ prices. £35 per couple, includes eight generous tapas plus a bottle of vino to enjoy with them. 

 Highlights were the vegetarian Paella Croquettes with strawberry gazpacho, Salt and Pepper Calamari that we decided was definitely finger food, the succulent seared King Scallops served in a shell (Mrs Bite would approve). The most special dish of all, hands down, was the Black Pig & Oyster. A dish so special the restaurant is named after it. Owner Michelle had previously enlightened me on the secret of acorn-guzzling Iberian black pigs, and although I’m not usually a pork lover, it was as good as promised, a top-notch steak. The tempura encrusted oyster to accompany it was an unexpected delight.

A seasonal Eton Mess with fresh raspberries finished us off, and us Leithers new and old went home for a much-needed afternoon kip. Mary’s enthusiastic review was simply "an absolutely fabulous feast – what a treat!” The best kind of lunch. Good company, excellent food and super friendly family service. (T. Griffen)

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