I was rather sad to notice that Le Sept, on Hunter Square, had changed hands, particularly as I’d just recommended it to someone as one of the most romantic dining spots in the city. But the ever changing face of Edinburgh dining was smiling on me, today, as what we’ve lost in down-at-heel romance, we’ve gained in elegant Italian fare, in the shape of Pulcinella, the place that has taken over the premises.
Keeping much the same look and feel as the previous incarnation, with just a little more of a stripped-back feel, the space is still smart and charming. The welcome was full of smiles, and service throughout was right on the money.
Their lunchtime menu offers a focussed selection, with two courses for £10. I kept things very simple, opening with minestrone then following with a risotto alla Milanese.
The minestrone quickly appeared and reminded me very much of The Pantry’s “stewp”, as it was a thickly chunky offering. It proved an extremely enjoyable eat, and is very possibly the best minestrone I’ve sampled in the city.
The risotto was of similarly high quality. A simple dish, expertly executed, it was packed with flavour, with the parmesan topping playing a good hand in that. The saffron was satisfyingly light, and whilst it could have used just a drop more oozing moisture, it was still a very accomplished dish.
So Pulcinella made a very good first impression. I’ll need to bring MJ for a visit, as I have a feeling she’ll be a fan. Both dishes that I had were produced to a very good standard. I look forward to trying more from their range, next time. I’d recommend you visit soon, too.
Blythe scores Pulcinella
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20
Today’s quester was: Blythe
I ate: minestrone; risotto alla milanese
I drank: water
I wore: traditional pinstripes
Total bill: £10