The Dining Room
I’d been for a lunch in the old days of the Scottish Malt Whisky Society’s dining room when it was located on the ground floor of their signature Queen Street townhouse premises. I’d had a bit of an odd experience and came close to criticising a members club for being too much like a members club.
Since then, their restaurant has moved upstairs and been formally christened The Dining Room. I popped in on a busy early evening to give it a fresh look.
Directly prior to this I took the unusual step of falling over and hurting my ankle really rather a lot. I spent most of the meal with my leg elevated gently anaesthetising myself with a selection of fine alcohols.
First up in this regard was a Speyside whisky matched with the amuse bouche of pumpkin veloute. I struggle with whisky but this pairing worked very well.
My starter was a loin of rabbit with a buckwheat parcel filled with rabbit meat. This was served in a burnt onion broth. The dish was visually unappealing with grey tones matched with ash black. It tasted better than it looked but was solid rather than inspirational.
The main course was a notch better with delicious lamb flank and a smartly prepared loin. The sheep’s yoghurt and potato puree had some texture issues but the salt-baked vegetables brought things back on track. I liked the dish a lot.
A high quality cheese board followed rounding out the meal on a positive note.
So overall, I enjoyed my meal at The Dining Room but like my previous visit I admired rather than loved it. Some presentational issues aside, what I sampled was assured cooking and good use of our local larder, though. Give it a look next time you’re in these parts.
Blythe scores The Dining Room
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: pumpkin veloute, rabbit loin, lamb flank, tangerine and blood orange pre-dessert, cheeses
I drank: 39.137 Speyside, water, red wine (Gamay with the rabbit, Syrah with the lamb)
I wore: sore ankle
Total bill: £60
Address: 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JX