Black Pig & Oyster
When a restaurant closes for an extended period, for reasons other than refurbishment, it’s very rare for it to re-open. I recall Zenobia being closed for a number of months before reawakening, Seadogs had a brief second coming before finally departing, and The Fat Pony is now joyfully restored, but that’s all I can remember from the last few years.
Accordingly, I was both surprised and delighted to hear that the Black Pig & Oyster has opened its doors again. I’d really enjoyed my visit during the brief few months it was open in 2017. I was sad to see it go as I’d planned to introduce it to a number of friends.
I’m not sure exactly what has happened in the interim, but it remains in the same ownership as before and the space is largely unaltered.
The menu also retains much of the previous focus which you’d expect given the name: shellfish and seafood, and Iberian black pig. But things have been given a considerable revamp and freshen with their lunch menu now full of intriguing dishes that more directly fuse Spanish and Scottish influences.
They offer a range of hard-shelled tacos with daily changing specials to augment a good looking menu selection. Still not counting myself a taco fan, my eye was more drawn their butcher specials which include steak and chips for a tenner, and a similarly priced black pig schnitzel. I opted for the latter.
But first I started with their take on the traditional scotch pie. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but the inclusion of a pork chop next to the dinky pie was in the realms of an unexpected pleasure.
The chop was very good and the pie was similarly satisfying. The pastry was lightly crisp and the filling packed in all the gloriously fatty and peppery sense of a scotch pie without the depressingly grey meat that often ruins the aesthetic. I enjoyed it muchly.
The main course schnitzel was another accomplished dish. Two pieces of breaded pork sat atop a medley of vegetables in a parmesan cream. The pork was excellent and the coating suitably crisp. It was really good stuff.
So overall, it was good to see the Black Pig & Oyster restored and on such good form. I’m not sure what lessons the team has learned from their first attempt at making this is a viable business, but once more their priority has to be getting people through the door in this tricky location. They have a very good product on offer so I’d urge you to support their endeavours by giving them a look at your earliest convenient opportunity.
Blythe scores Black Pig & Oyster
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16.5/20
I ate: mini scotch pie; black pig schnitzel
I drank: lager, water
I wore: green trousers
Total bill: £18.40
Address: 82 Commercial Street, Edinburgh EH6 6LX