Wednesday, 23 June 2010

The Restaurant at The Rutland, Edinburgh

The Rutland Hotel is impossible to miss in Edinburgh as it is located in the West end of Princes Street.  It hosts a boutique hotel with 12 rooms, always busy bar on the street level, a lounge bar called The One Below and The Restaurant at The Rutland upstairs.
Ever since the Taste of Edinburgh we had planned to come here for dinner and finally managed to book a table for Friday night.
My starter was grilled Lincolnshire asparagus, with wild rocket, hollandaise sauce and parmesan crisp. It was really tasty and I started to get my hopes up that this could be a nice dinner. Mr lovable enjoyed his savoury Crowdie cheesecake starter and I had slight food envy.
Then it went from nice to not so nice.
We waited and waited. After what felt like forever our friendly waitress informed us that our order was just after a big table and we would be served soon after them...
Our mains arrived eventually, my 'saltimbocca of Sunnyside farm veal with sage, air dried Cumbrian ham, potato fondant' and a side order of 'Colcannon' looked like it had been sitting in the pass for a while and was a bit dry and overcooked, while Mr Lovable's lamb dish was cold... and both portions were ridiculously small. Such a shame.
We shared an 'Eton mess made with Scottish strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, whipped cream, meringue and vanilla ice cream' for dessert. This was good, but then again a dessert that's almost impossible to get wrong...
Slightly disappointed, but maybe we were expecting too much as it is not the cheapest place to eat. I wonder what went wrong on that night at The Rutland? There seemed to be loads of waiting staff wandering around and not much happening. And the restaurant was only half full, how would they cope with full covers? I'd hate to think.
fresh gerberas on every table

free range veal from Sunnyside farm

a bit mad, modern decor

1-3 Rutland Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AE - 0131 229 3402

Edit: Re-visited in August 2010 with great service and superb food!
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  1. What a shame. When you pay good money and have high hopes to be let down, is just too bad. Maybe they were having an off night.

  2. I think it was just a bad night for them, that happens to everybody sometimes, I guess.

    I am going to go there again for dinner soon, thought that everyone deserves a second chance :)