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The Perch United Kingdom
10 Hanover Street,
City of Edinburgh,
0131 220 1208
Open 7 Days

The Perch delights immediately with its inviting reception area. Candles, a sofa, and textiles adorn a ground-level hallway and a wooden staircase winds to the first-floor restaurant.

I am meeting my friend Kate for supper. She has bagged a window seat, and a gentle summer breeze wafts in. A petrol blue and mustard colour scheme, more candles and unobtrusive music make the ambience so calm it's almost spa-like. This decor is pretty in summer but will be cosy in winter.

We decide to forgo starters in lieu of puddings later and choose our main courses. 

The menu is primarily Scottish with a good range of tempting sounding dishes which have us deliberating and changing our minds until I plump for the market fish of the day, Sea Bream and Kate goes for the Lamb.

An eye for presentation is as evident in our food as it is in the interior design.

My fish sits simply on a pile of fresh greens cooked al dente, and soft floury potato halves dot the large plate. A nice wedge of lemon crowns it all. Cuts of Lamb and Mediterranean vegetables including aubergine and sweet potato are layered in a stack and drizzled in rich balsamic vinegar for Kate. Both dishes are faultless, well-seasoned and delicious.

For dessert, I choose Peach Melba, but when it arrives, my face drops. This is a simple classic dish of fruit, vanilla ice-cream and raspberry sauce. Slithers of hard, arid nectarine, biscuit crumb and raspberry sorbet (I have a spoonful *it* is good) this time seem pretentiously arranged. However, I complain, and our waiter replaces it without issue. 

Snake-shaped chocolate ganache, a rubble of cocoa nibs, a quenelle of vanilla ice cream and plump raspberries instead of the Melba turns out to be delicious, and I am happy. I ask Kate about her sticky toffee pudding, and she says it’s just "awful”. No, just joking! She scraped her plate clean.

Happy to recommend this city-centre restaurant; food is tasty, fairly-priced considering the city centre location. Surroundings are charming and service friendly. 
A perfect place for a spot of supper perched above the hoi polloi of Hanover Street. Top Tip: you may want to ask for the window seat. (S. Wilson) 

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