The Mercat Grill

Easter Monday, the sun in the sky and a day to spare before the return to workaday weeds. What to do? With regular guest quester Iain at the helm we set sail for East Lothian.

Exterior

Our aim was to give the Mercat Grill in Whitecraig a go, although we were prepared for other nearby places to catch out eye. But we made it safely to the Mercat without too much fuss so keenly crossed their threshold.

The main dining space is in a conservatory which was shown to best advantage of this bright day.

Fish cakes

As the name suggests the emphasis is on meat with excellent local produce from John Gilmour and others. There’s a strong commitment to local ingredients and flavours across the list which was good to see.

I quickly settled upon the haggis cigars to start but took a steer from the attentive waitress on my main. She recommended the venison steak over the steak pie, so I was happy with that. Iain opted for the fish cakes then the rib of beef roast special.

Haggis cigars

The starters arrived promptly looking neat and tidy. My dish was similar in style to the black pudding spring roll I’d had at the Hermitage Bar. I’m not sure the accompanying marmalade sauce quote worked with the haggis, but I’m not the biggest fan of that bitter orange confection. The fish cakes were a little more assured.

The main courses were both very good dishes. The beef packed oodles of flavour and the Yorkshire puds were impressive.

Short rib roast

The venison came in two hearty chunks with buttery mash and crisp veg. Everything was cooked a really pleasing standard.

So overall, the Mercat Grill served us very nicely delivering local sources dishes that hit the spot. I’d be happy to visit again and would recommend you do likewise. The place has a good ethos and serves tasty grub so is very worthy of your attention.

Venison

Scores
Blythe scores The Mercat
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20

Today’s questers were: Iain, Blythe

We ate: haggis cigars, fish cakes, rib of beef roast, venison steak

We drank: lager, red wine, water

We wore: red trousers, action footwear

Total bill: £46.20

Address: 10 Whitecraig Road, Musselburgh, EH21 8PG

Written by BKR