I’d been along in King George V park for the launch of the Hold Me Dear exhibition in the Rodney Street tunnel, where some great photos of treasured places across the four cities of Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Hamburg and Istanbul bedecked the walls. At that I ran into regular Scran Saloneer ABS so suggested we grab some lunch. It seemed an ideal opportunity to give the Roamin’ Nose another shot.
We were warmly welcomed by the friendly waitresses who were an absolute highlight throughout. They brought menus and outlined the daily changing specials. I’d heard that their sharing platters were a strength so suggested that might be a good way to go. ABS was happy with that. We added good coffees, with the flat white impressing ABS to the extent that he ordered a second one to take away at the conclusion of proceedings.
The platter was soon with us. It was a brightly hued board of delights. It comprised three homemade pestos (tomato, basil and olive); honey, olive oil, balsamic, garlic and chilli flakes for dipping; good fresh bread (which was replenished when we mowed through the first batch); parma ham; mortadella; pecorino; chutney; avocado, chickory and grana padano salad; olives; and a yellow pepper salad.
It was a highly pleasing selection with each item very good in its quality. The avocado salad was the highlight for me, as it had beautifully balanced creamy freshness, but basically everything was very tasty and well thought-out. We were suitably impressed.
So overall, I was glad to see the Roamin’ Nose on such good form. The atmosphere was just lovely and the food was really good. I’d be happy to recommend it to you next time you’re looking for a nice relaxing lunch with friends.
Blythe scores the Roamin’ Nose
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4.5/5 for service
giving an overall 16.5/20
Today’s questers were: ABS, Blythe
We ate: sharing board
We drank: water, flat whites, espresso
Total bill: £21.70