Lunch at Paul Kitching's 21212

Sunday, 18 March 2018

A couple of months ago (yep, speedy blogging it is not), a few of us went to Paul Kitching's restaurant on Royal Terrace for a leisurely afternoon lunch. Despite its Michelin star, 21212 doesn't seem to get as much attention as I think it deserves in Edinburgh's pop culture.

To start with, we were offered some lovely seeded sweet bread with a bitter-ish herby dips. Then came some more crispy flat breads which went even better with the said dips

Between the four of us, we went for the two course menu with two options each to choose from. My main was called 10 C Sea Trout. It has 'lots of C's' (i.e. celeriac, celery etc. ) and 'Sea Water Cress'. Interesting mix of flavours and textures - unusual but a definite winner.

The other main was called 'Chicken St Jacques' and contained chicken (obviously) and garlic smoked figs along with romanesco cabbage garnish. It was a rich dish but the portion size meant it wasn't overwhelming.

The puddings were the real show stealers.  Mine was called 'Potted  Chocolate Shortbread' with Rhubarb Compote. It was complex yet very very tasty. The other pud on offer had the quirkiest name I've come across in a while - 'C.A.R.S.'  which was actually Carrots, Apples, Rice and Sultanas. Sounds like baby food I hear you say - I promise it tasted epic.

Given the excellent standard of the meal and the ambience of the restaurant, would you believe me if I said it cost £28 for two courses? Not bad for two skint couples with kids who were trying have a rare afternoon off!

Hope you are all having a lovely week! Ann x

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