19th May 2016 6.15pm
Kilted Lobster is a cute little place on St Stephen Street in Stockbridge, The décor and menu embraces the sea theme but there are plenty of non-seafood options for those in your party not up for it. We were seated by the window and handed some menus. Whilst we were perusing I noticed a note on the table about social enterprise, explaining that the restaurant closes to the public on a Tuesday in order to take referrals from charities of those who are facing food poverty or isolation issues. I knew then I had made right decision to support this place.
Whilst deciding on our menu choices, we were presented with a trio of canapés. The haggis bon bon was delicious and melted in the mouth. The spicy salmon on a herb bellini was tasty and the delicious mushroom velouté in tiny glasses was intense in flavour. There was a nice choice on the menu and whilst the lobster option was tempting we went for other choices; pigeon breast followed by wild halibut for me and Alba skink followed by Shetland salmon for my dining companion for the evening.
When the starters arrived the most noticeable thing was the difference in size between the two dishes, with the pigeon appearing far smaller than the soup. However, my pigeon breast had beautiful gamey flavour. The pumpkin worked well, particularly in combination with the chorizo crumb. The at the bottom of the pile of pigeon was a piece of what tasted like fruit cake. It was an unusual choice but the fruitiness worked. I was very jealous of the Alba skink seafood chowder on the other side of the table. It was well put together and my friend loved it, although opted not to eat the bread to avoid filling up. She said she could have eaten a vat of the chowder though.
Our mains both looked lovely but I thought mine in particular was stunning. The halibut sat beautifully on the plate surrounded by a vivid yellow saffron and mussel velouté with celeriac, wilted greens and samphire. The fish was cooked to perfection and the accompaniments were perfect match. I found the mussels a little cool in comparison to the rest of the dish but it wasn’t really an issue. The salmon on the other side of the table was lovely. The accompanying brown crab risotto was deemed a masterpiece. She found the shallot puree too sweet but that means I probably would have loved it.
We gave desserts a go but had to squeeze them in. I went for the chocolate and cherry terrine and my friend opted for the toffee apple pannacotta. They looked appetising on arrival. The cherry jellies on my plate were perfect. I loved them and would have been happy just having these as dessert. The terrine was very intense but good, although the chocolate was too hard to eat using a spoon and I had to resort to my fingers (oh what hardship!!). The pannacotta was enjoyed. The texture was slightly different due to the apple but tasted good. She also gave the thumbs up to the additional shortbread.
Kilted Lobster is a lovely little place and worthwhile checking out.
Food – 8/10
Service – 9/10
Atmosphere – 8.5/10
Value – 8.5/10
Overall – 34/40
Would I eat here again? Most definitely
Cost £68 for 2 x three courses and 1 glass of wine.