I’ve been meaning to jump on a train to North Berwick for quite a while with a visit to Herringbone high on my list. But then they decided to open a branch in Goldenacre which made a visit entirely more likely so I took a trip there on the Friday of a long, long week.
I was joined on this escapade by regular guest quester Freya. She was slightly delayed by excessive traffic so that gave me a moment or two to take in the surroundings.
The place was a former bank but has been substantially transformed into a light and airy space with wrap-around full-length windows. It exhibits many hipster tropes but in a fairly understated way with detailing that evokes their seaside origins.
The menu continues that theme with a strong emphasis on local produce, particularly seafood.
I was immediately hooked in by talk of seafood chowder and the Reuben burger, while Freya liked the sound of the tomato and smoked mozzarella salad then followed with the slow cooked crisp pork with crackling and cider broth.
Service was generally attentive and friendly although there was a little unnecessary hovering due to there being too many people working than was strictly needed to manage the room.
Starters soon arrived looking neat and plentiful. The salad was good but overwhelming in size. It probably didn’t need the butter beans to bulk it out.
My soup was nicely crafted and had a good mix of seafood pieces. It was a very good starter.
Main courses maintained the high standard. Freya’s pork dish displayed some deft skill with the crackling impressively crisp.
My burger packed good flavour, too, but it was rather unnecessarily chunky which made for difficult eating by the shove-faceward method. The bun had good integrity and the Reuben elements – the beef, pickle, cheese and crisp onion came together for harmonious mouthfuls.
So overall, Herringbone’s Goldenacre branch looks to have hit the ground running. We didn’t give their drink selection a go but there’s an extensive list of wines by the glass and some good local beers such as Pilot. I’ll be back to try more from their menu and I suggest you do likewise.
Blythe scores Herringbone
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20
Today’s questers were: Freya, Blythe
We ate: seafood chowder, tomato salad, Reuben burger, slow cooked crispy pork
We drank: sparkly water
We wore: black, blue
Total bill: £50.30
Address: 2 South Trinity Road, Edinburgh EH5 3NR