When it comes to choosing supper spots in Edinburgh, George Street’s Printing Press always tops the list. I’ve been lucky enough to review it a couple of times now, and each time I visit it gets even better. I’m in love with the moody interiors which are all mirrors and velvets, and the food is seriously impressive too!
In addition to the restaurant serving up some of Edinburgh’s best food, the bar shouldn’t be missed either. They have their own No 22 Gin, and their cocktails are delicious to boot. We kicked the evening off with a cocktail tree (priced from £70) which held Pornstar Martinis, Devil wears Principal and French Martinis. Over the course of the evening I sampled a Pornstar Martini (more on that later), as well as a Devil Wears Principal. Both were exactly what I was in the mood for – fresh, fruity with a kick (much like the Principal George Street itself).
After getting suitable hydrated, we were shown through to the dining room, where the fun could really start! The new Spring menu has just launched, and it’s worth travelling for. Filled with seasonal Scottish produce, it’s a celebration of call things Springtime, and I’m already plotting a return visit.
The evening kicked off with and absolutely divine Orkney crab and leek thermidor tart (£8). The most buttery, delicate pastry base held soft morsels of crab which were topped with a gloriously bright leek foam.
Burrata, red chicory, blood orange, pine nuts, chilli dressing (£7.50) was up next. A riot of colour and flavour, this truly tasted like summer evenings. The burrata was a cloud of soft cream, which positively oozed just by looking at it. The richness was nicely cut through with peppery chicory, fresh blood orange segments and a fiery chilli dressing. Pine nuts and crostini provided a perfect amount of crunch.
Honestly, when it comes to eating out, I’ll rarely order the fish. I’m not sure if I’m more or a carnivore or just a creature of habit, so the Roast Scrabster cod, broccoli, kale, caviar butter sauce (£16.50) was a lovely change. The cod itself was glorious – it flaked into translucent morsels which more than held up against the greenery it was served with. The caviar butter sauce, as you might imagine, was deliciously rich. Slightly salted and flavoured like the sea, I could have happily spooned it up.
Talking of my carnivore tendencies, venison is quite possibly my favourite meat – rich and lean, I love the melt-in-the-mouth texture a good hunk of the stuff has, and since I’m scared of over-cooking it at home, I only ever enjoy it in restaurants. So, I was delighted when Pan-seared venison, caramelised celeriac, spinach, brioche herb crumb (£19) was served. With a seared exterior and rare middle, the dish was a true celebration of Scottish produce. The meat itself was a triumph – full of flavour, it was truly the stuff of last requests. The vegetables served alongside were similarly tasty – perfectly roasted parsnips, creamy potatoes and sweet celeriac.
After all our savoury goodies, it was time for a palette-cleanser which came in the form of chocolate sorbet served with blood orange. Normally, a scoop of this comes alongside an orange rice pudding (yum) but we felt two desserts might just be too much of a good thing. The sorbet itself was incredibly flavourful – rich and deeply chocolate-y, none of us could believe it was a sorbet rather than a full-blown ice cream as it was so silky smooth.
As if we hadn’t feasted enough, we ended the evening with an iconic dessert – a Vanilla crème brûlée, served with sablé biscuits (£6). There’s something wonderfully theatrical about cracking the well-fired crust. The custard below was silky smooth, fragrant and studded with vanilla beans. Served alongside (another) Pornstar Martini, we debated our favourite dishes (all of them) and whether to sip the martini’s accompanying Prosecco or pour it in (undecided). As if all of the culinary goodness wasn’t enough, we were sent home clutching bags of homemade chocolate truffles and bottles of house gin!
Thank you so, so much to The Printing Press, The Principal George Street and to Jigsaw PR for such a wonderful evening!