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Damm 27 - A taste of the Med in the Southside
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Damm 27
27 Causewayside,
0131 667 6693
Open seven days form early 'til late

This bar bistro is tucked away in Causewayside. Eleonora (aka Mrs Slow Food Edinburgh) thought it was 'cool' and that the wood, plants, booths and candles create a cosy, contemporary setting.

Snuggling into a booth for a night of gossip, we liked the look of the considered food, wine and cocktail menus. However, our heads were immediately turned when the waitress interjected to tell us about the Tuesday night offer; lobster, fries and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc - £50 for two. We discarded our menus and put ourselves in the capable hands of the kitchen.

The wine was poured, and with the first sip, we realised its quality.  Damm 27 could easily go down the route of serving cheap plonk here, but instead, we enjoyed a great bottle of French Grand Crevette with characteristic gooseberry fruit flavours and hailing from Languedoc-Roussillon. Perrier Jouet is an extra £25.

 Knowing lobster was on its way, we ordered smoked toasted almonds to nibble on and revisited the food menu noting its Mediterranean credentials. Croquettes come with either cheese and kale or ham hock and gruyere. There’s an Italian caramelised peach Caprese salad and charcroute from Alsace. The waiter would tell us later in the evening that the autumn menu will lean further towards French dishes. It’s a pretty sophisticated food choice with good vegetarian options.

The two half lobsters when they arrived delighted us. Crustaceans come from Scrabster on a Tuesday and tend to sell out. They had been cooked so that their flesh was so moist it still quivered. I soaked mine in garlic butter and then dunked my fries in the butter too pleased that I had such a fresh, light white wine to clean my palate. 

Talking of which, Eleonora ordered the Champagne Sorbet with rhubarb sherbet and gin gel for dessert. It had a very creamy texture for a sorbet which recalled the mousse of Champagne. I had a cheese-board which contained four excellent kinds of cheese and a couple of absolute favourites– Roquefort, Tomme de Savoie, The Westray Wife and Taleggio (the last two being the faves). The Westray Wife is from Orkney and you can taste the salty sea air in this cheese.

I look forward to the new autumn menu. I think the vibe of Damm 27 with its relaxed attitude will be an attractive setting for Gallic bistro dishes. (S. Wilson) 

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