When it comes to planning your Valentine festivities, it can sometimes feel that everything is too fancy, too expensive, and a bit too cliched. So, when I caught sight of Ask Italian’s Valentine’s Day menu it sounded great – a yummy menu, convenient city-centre location and affordable price, I mean, what’s not to love?
So, after a busy day working away in Edinburgh we headed over to the West End location. Located right off Princes Street on Shandwick Place, it’s a perfect spot to enjoy a casual meal when you’re in the city centre. Right in time for the big day, Ask Italian have released a capsule menu, which offers up three courses and a glass of prosecco for £21.95 each – bargain!
Since it had been one of those days where you’re so busy there’s not even time to think about lunch, let alone go out and enjoy something. By the time we reached Ask Italian we were suitably famished. Honestly, when it comes to Italian, it’s hard to go far wrong, so we opted to share the Butterfly King Prawns and the Mushrooms al Forno.
Both arrived at the table positively sizzling – and one we had piled on some parmesan, we tucked right in. Both the prawns and mushrooms came served up on top of crisp slices of garlic bread, and they were just what we needed after a hectic day. The garlicky prawns were juicy and full of garlicky flavour, whilst the mushrooms came stuffed with cheese.
We couldn’t resist trying a classic like the Fettuccine Bolognese – a real classic, it was a delightful mix of rich tomato rags and mince. To give it a real taste of authenticity, Ask Italian serve up the dish with fettuccine, or with spaghetti if you’d prefer.
I opted for the Penne al Pollo Della Cast, which came served with a fresh leafy salad. A house favourite, the mix of chicken, mushrooms and pasta came bubbling away in a cream white wine sauce. It was just the kind of thing I wanted to enjoy on a freezing Edinburgh night!
The mix of fresh salad with such a rich dish was delicious, and the white wine and cream sauce felt incredibly decadent to enjoy.
Even though we were stuffed from all the starters and mains, we couldn’t resist ordering some pudding! I opted for Chocolate Etna (£1.50 supplement), the most dramatic dessert in the lineup. Presented as a chocolate globe, it was smothered in hot salted caramel sauce, which was used to reveal the creamy vanilla gelato and a surprisingly light chocolate sponge within. Hot, rich and incredibly decadent, it was a delicious end to the evening.
We also tried the Yoghurt Pana Cotta, which was a beautifully light and tangy way to end the meal. Served with berries and an edible flower, it was as delicious as it was pretty!
The Valentines menu will be available for a limited time, and you can see the whole menu here.