When it comes to restaurants, there aren’t too many with an entrance as dramatic as Dine’s. Perched on the second flood of the Lyceum Theatre, you’re met with a living wall as you head up for the restaurant – it’s a nice touch which continues through to the dining room where a lit tree grows through the tables.
A couple of weeks back, we were kindly invited to try the new Springtime Market Menu, and if you’re looking for a spot to visit this week, this is the place to head to! We kicked things off with a cocktail from Dine’s new Premium Cocktail List. The brainchild of Head Barman Alessandro, these are cocktails which you’ll not find anywhere else in Edinburgh.
Despite not being the world’s biggest drinker, I opted for the Martini & The Truffle (£10.50). With vodka infused with olive oil, Vermouth and Truffle Oil drops, this has to be one of the tastiest (and most savoury) cocktails I’ve ever tried. Served alongside hunks of parmesan, it was a delicious way to start the evening.
We also opted for a Virgin Mary – delicious, and beautifully presented – Dine’s cocktail lounge is a stunning spot to enjoy some pre-dinner or theatre drinks.
I just loved the chic, club feel, and the Chesterfield Sofas were wonderful to sink back into, and relax before heading through to lunch.
After chatting with Alessandro and enjoying our drinks, it was time to head through the the dining room, where we munched on spiced hummus and homemade sourdough whilst settling on our menu choices.
When dining out, I’m trying to order away from my usual favourites, so I opted for the Onion Bhajis, served with a fresh raita and grilled halloumi. It was absolutely delicious – the bhajis were a delight – crisp and full of gentle spice, paired with the salty grilled halloumi and peppery salad, it was a yummy choice which made me glad to have stepped a little outside my usual options.
We also opted for the Chicken Liver Parfait served with toasted brioche and it was equally delish. Rich and savoury, spread over the buttery toast was absolutely divine. I loved the dressed radishes too – they brought a fresh and peppery kick to an otherwise rich dish.
The first main course to be ordered was the Plaice which came served with Cafe de Paris butter and new potatoes. I loved the mild, almost sweet flavour of the Plaice paired with the mustardy Cafe de Paris butter was divine, and paired with the fresh peas and new potatoes, the whole dish was really lovely.
I opted for the roast chicken breast served with barley and vegetables. I’m not quite sure how, but I managed to not photograph this one with my camera (a bit of a blogger fail) but it was incredible. The rich, slightly salty sauce paired well with the chicken which was cooked to perfection – all crisp skin and tender meat.
To be absolutely honest – we over-ordered – getting both chef’s potatoes (New Potatoes with herbs) and chips served with aoli, but they sounded too good to resist. Even though we could hardly make a dent in them, but they were incredible – the potatoes were crisp and delicious, whilst the chips were perfection – all crisp coating and fluffy insides.
We couldn’t resist the lure of dessert, and we shared a cheese plate, which featured a selection of British and Continental Cheeses (alongside frozen grapes and homemade chutney), as well as the Lemon Tart.
A tart lemon filling sat squarely inside buttery shortcrust, and it was an indulgent way to end the afternoon.
Not only is Dine one of Edinburgh’s must-visit restaurants, but the value of the Market Menu is really impressive. Served from midday, and including tea or coffee, it’s £15.50 for 2 courses or £21.50 for 3!
Thank you to Dine for having us – you can see their (regularly changing) Market Menu here