The Light House
Given the quality of local produce we have, it still remains slightly baffling that we don’t have a few more really good specialist seafood restaurants. I was sad to see one of them, C-Shack, bite the dust but I was pleased to note another seafood place, The Light House, had taken over the premises.
It was a gorgeous early evening as I joined a smattering of midweek diners in the compact premises. It holds 26 by my calculation.
The menu is focussed and to the point, with a veggie and meaty option for both starter and main then three or four seafood options for each.
I was pretty clear on my route to success. I started with the house smoked haddock fishcakes then followed with the duo of monkfish and halibut. I added a glass of each of their white wines by the glass.
The starter was prompt in its arrival. It was a simple and well-executed dish. The fishcakes were rustic and flavour-packed and the accompanying tartare sauce suitably piquant. It was a charming start to proceedings.
The main course maintained a high standard with good quality pieces of halibut and monkfish prepared with little fuss and to good advantage. The accompanying chips were really pretty good, too.
There was a gap before the cheese arrived but that was explained and apologised for by the friendly owner/waiter as they were keen to get these cheese as close to room temp as poss. It was a good selection with rough oatcakes and good chutney.
So overall, The Light House was a real joy. It’s a type of restaurant we seem either reluctant to embrace or blind to its charms: a local, mid-price, straightforward seafood place letting the ingredients do the talking. I love this style of eatery and I loved The Light House. I look forward to many future visits.
Blythe scores The Light House
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15.5/20
I ate: house smoked haddock fishcakes; halibut and monkfish; cheese and oatcakes
I drank: white wine, water
I wore: linen symphony
Total bill: £39.50
Address: 3 Pier Place, Edinburgh, EH6 4LP