The Lantern Room
I was intrigued by the arrival of The Lantern Room as part of the new Courtyard by Marriott at the top of Leith. Having given it a little while to settle in, I popped in for a visit on a quiet recent Sunday.
The place still has that new car smell about it with fresh coats of paint still prominent in the smell scape. It’ll be smart and stylish once it’s bedded in.
The dining room is fairly compact although there is more seating for relaxed munching in their bar area.
The menu offers good flexibility with a small plates starter selection, prix fixe menu and full a la carte including grill options.
I settled upon their haggis balls rolled in oats to start. I followed with the leg of lamb steak served on the bone. I couldn’t resist a wee gander at the mac n cheese as a side.
The balls soon arrived accompanied by a grain mustard and whisky aioli. The oats gave them an interestingly coarse texture and the creamy sauce worked really well. I enjoyed them a lot so have added them to Ball Quest.
The lamb was a notch better with an accurately cooked steak and good accompaniments of skin-on fries, well-seasoned mushrooms and vine tomatoes. The mac n cheese was really good, too.
Sadly, the coffee from a Starbucks bean-to-cup machine was disgracefully poor. I fed back that urgent remedy was required.
So overall, I was impressed with The Lantern Room. It will be interesting to see how the place develops over time but it has an opportunity to build a very positive reputation. The menu was well thought out and reasonably priced so it’s a place that I would recomend you visit.
Blythe scores The Lantern Room
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15.5/20
I ate: haggis bonbonbonbons; leg of lamb steak; mac n cheese
I drank: water, merlot
I wore: rhapsodic blue
Total bill: £31.95
Address: 1-3 Baxter Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AF