From the team behind Howie’s, Scott’s has been trading on Victoria Terrace since August. It timed its opening to capitalise on the Festival trade from this highly advantageous location. I popped in to give it a look on a very chilly Wednesday.
The space is quite stylish and has a relaxed cafe feel to it. It offers a range of different options and seemed to be populated by a mix of people lunching and people stopping in just for coffee and cake. I was in the former camp.
They offer a lunchtime deal of two courses for £10.95 which sounded pretty fair to me particularly when their signage promised ‘hearty dishes for the hungry’.
I soon settled upon a starter of beef and cheddar balls followed by venison casserole with rosemary bread balls and crispy kale.
The starter arrived and lived up to the hearty claim. Six balls of flavourful beef with just the right amount of ooze and tang from the cheese made for enjoyable eating. The spicing of the accompanying chipotle mayo was very well judged.
The venison casserole had such a wonderful aroma when it arrived that I tucked in without taking photos. This hasn’t happened since a particularly good breakfast roll, some years ago.
It proved a real delight with juniper-infuser venison in a warming gravy. The kale was as crisp as hoped. The dumplings brought yet more hearty notes.
So overall, I was very impressed with Scott’s. It looks to have carved out a very welcome niche in hearty, local-driven dishes with charm and verve. Add a good pie to the menu and it’d be just the eatery I’d be looking for when recommending a good place to sample much local lunchtime goodness. Make sure to visit soon.
Blythe scores Scott’s
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20
I ate: beef and cheddar balls; venison with kale and balls
I drank: water
I wore: blue and green
Total bill: £10.95
Address: 4–6 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL