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Turquoise Thistle
Hotel Indigo,
51-59 York Place,
0131 556 5577
Thurs - Sat for Dinner from 5pm; Breakfast everyday from 6.30am; Lunch everyday from 12 noon-2pmish

Hotel Dining in Edinburgh has improved immensely. One Square, Bread St Brasserie and Galvins all have fine menus and a recent meal at Turquoise also proved impressive.

 My dining companion Lindsey Lee immediately ordered a margarita from the small list of classic cocktails. French martinis, daiquiris and mojitos all feature and the beautiful décor is a stylish setting in which to sip them.

 Scottish classics with a modern twist is the menu's mission statement and I chose a chunky pressed Highland game terrine with pickled veg, walnut crème fraiche and stone ground rye (£6.25). Earthy, robust and piquant flavours plus a variety of textures formed a deliciously satisfying starter. Lindsey Lee had the sautéed wild mushrooms on a toasted muffin and poached egg with a saffron hollandaise (£3.95). Superb value aside this was a top notch comfort dish. Orange yoke mingled with the shrooms and the sauce was nicely tangy.  

 For main course I chose the Western Isle seafood rockpool with roast potatoes and dressed watercress (£14.94) and Lindsey chose Coley from the grill (£14). Coley arrived for me too served on top of my seafood melange of mussels, king prawns, salmon and bisque. The seafood had been cooked with expert precision. The king prawns were not over or under done.  The coley for both of us was a chunky snow white specimen boasting that all too often elusive crispy skin.

 At this point we noticed two friends dining at a nearby table. Third and fourth opinions were sought and they commented on the excellence of their beef and pork belly respectively. One of them blew my cover when she enthused of the restaurant “this one deserves a good write up, Sharon".

Onto puddings and cranachan trifle with crushed candied almonds (£5.95) was lusciously creamy with a plenty of tart raspberry coulis underneath and a plump berry on top. Double marbled chocolate ganache with kumquat marmalade (£5.95) was demolished with gusto across the table.  The chef Anton Ruscheniko is actually a trained chocolatier so Turquoise have the pudding section nailed.

Staff are super friendly and the waitress was able to guide us through the menu with ease and enthusiasm. Match this with a city centre location and fine food and Turquoise is a winner. 

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