If you’re looking for something new this weekend, I’d seriously recommend heading over to Harvey Nichols Edinburgh Forth Store to try the limited S. Pellegrino Itineraries of Taste. Until October, the Restaurant is serving dishes from Michelin-starred chef Elizabeth Allan. I popped in a week or so ago to give the new menu a spin, and I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed!
We started the evening with an S. Pellegrino cocktail – a mix of gin, grapefruit and sparkling water which was just delightful. Rather embarrassingly, I had come straight from a full day’s work, so I’m afraid I drank the cocktail before I could whip out my camera.
The meal started off with Pasta, Egg Yolk, Bacon Dashi, Black Garlic and Chives. A supremely savoury dish, I loved how dramatic the presentation was.
Once the Dashi was poured in, it created a rich and almost creamy broth, with the handmade pasta as the perfect dose of carbs. Beautiful as well as absolutely delicious, this was a deceptively simple way to kick the evening off!
The meal continued with Picked Potato, Clams, Sichuan Oil and Caviar – a light, fresh and incredibly punchy course. What looks like noodles, was actually the pickled potato, and the mix of salty clam and spice was absolutely delicious . I loved the salty kick from the caviar too!
Perhaps my favourite course was BBQ Beef, Tare Sauce, Cauliflower Puree, Veal Sweatbread and Raw Mushroom. It sounded like quite an eclectic mix at first, but the combination of tender beef with the cauliflower was just incredible! The richness of the sweetbread contrasted well with the raw mushroom, and honestly, I could have munched on this all night!
We rounded off the evening with Buttermilk Pannacotta, Shiso, Sorrel, Pickled Cherries and Honey Jelly, which was an absolutely delicious way to end the meal. Much lighter than most puddings, the buttermilk lent an almost yoghurt-y tartness to the dish. I was absolutely obsessed with the the shore granita on top, and I can’t even tell you how great the pickled cherries were!
Getting the chance to hear from Elizabeth Allan and hearing her take on the dishes was such an incredible experience. She is such an accomplished talent, and I can’t wait to hear about her new restaurant which is opening up in London!
You can enjoy the dishes in the Forth Floor Restaurant until October!