Castle View Restaurant
Dining on Princes Street tends to be a mixed bag. Although I really enjoyed Restaurant 100, the BHS cafe was pretty horrific. Undaunted, I recently noticed that Debenham’s had a fourth floor “restaurant” which sounded intriguing. I popped in to give it a look.
The Castle View Restaurant was, as expected, a self-service canteen. As the name suggests there’s a pretty decent view of the castle. I grabbed a tray and headed for the hot food chafing dishes.
I was warmly greeted by the counter woman who asked what I was after. A quick look at the menu board suggested I wanted the chicken, leek and bacon pie. This came with chips or roasted potatoes – I opted for the latter – then added peas and brussels sprouts, plus a little boat of gravy.
Items were loaded on to my plate then I proceeded to the checkout where I added a glass of tap water, then completed the necessary financial transaction.
The pie proved really very good. The encasing pastry was light and flaky, and the filling profuse and well-seasoned. The tatties had a slightly odd crumbed exterior but were basically decent. The peas were fresh and I love sprouts so yay for sprouts.
So overall, the Castle View Restaurant aka the Debenham’s canteen was rather better than expected. It served me a coherent plate of food that reflected good work in the kitchen. With a dearth of good pie places in the city, I can see myself returning when that sort of thing is what’s required.
Blythe scores the Castle View Restaurant
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13.5/20
I ate: chicken, leek and bacon pie
I drank: water
I wore: www.tieclub.co.uk tie
Total bill: £7.25
Address: Debenham’s, 109 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 3AA