The West Room has been a staple watering hole offering decent if not overly wowing pub food during its fairly lengthy tenure on Queensferry Street.
Since my departure to foreign climes it has changed hands and is now the sister bar to St Andrews’ The Seafood Ristorante.
It has relaunched with a Venetian style cicchetti menu. Think Italian tapas if it’s not a term or style you’ve previously encountered.
With daily changing specials, the menu is built across sharing bites likes croquetas, arancini and other finger food. There’s also a focussed pasta selection if you find youself a little more peckish.
I was in the mood for a substantial graze so ordered four snack dishes. These were zucchini flower fritters, salt cod croquetas, nduja arancini and venison meatballs. It was a veritable Ballquest dream.
Dishes arrived all in a oner looking neat and much as expected.
While I don’t think there was a killer dish amongst them, everything was to a very pleasing standard. The venison balls were succulent and flavourful, the cod croquetas nicely aromatic with dill, and the spicy sausage rice balls a compelling eat.
It looks like the West Room’s new incarnation is making smart choices with their menu as I often find myself in snackish mood in this part of town. The bar does still feel incredibly West End, though, so if the aim is for the venue to more comprehensively embody the cicchetti style there’s a way to go. But it’s definitely an upgrade on what was there before so is well worthy of your attention.
I ate: zucchini flowers, venison meatballs, salt cod croquettas, nduja arancini
I drank: white wine
I wore: Cross Brew hat
Total bill: £24.50