Last Friday we dined at the Michael Neave restaurant in Edinburgh. My parents had already ate here on a voucher and after such a good experience they decided to get another voucher and so we tagged along!
Michael Neave is tucked off the Royal Mile down Old Fishmarket Close and I have to admit I’d never heard of it before as it’s not obvious it’s there.
It’s run by Michael Neave who in his early twenties opened the restaurant in 2012. The food is very heavily influenced by Scottish cuisine and everything is dry freshly prepared.
On to the food.
Naturally I went for scallops to start, served with black pudding and a pea puree. My dad also went for this. The scallops were beautifully cooked and just melted in the mouth. The pea puree had a delicious flavour and everything was complimented by the little dollop of garlic butter of each scallop. Always a winning combination.
Don’t you love when you can convince someone you are dining with to go with your other possible food choice. I was toying between the scallops and this but knowing CB would never have the scallops I convinced him to go for the pigeon carpaccio with candied walnuts and a beetroot dressing. Look how beautiful it was. And it tasted just as good as it looked. The pigeon was melt in the mouth and had a really interesting texture, a lot flakier than beef carpaccio. The walnut added a nice crunch and the beetroot brought everything together. A really great dish.
My mum had the venison when they dined here previously and after her rave reviews both her and I had it. It definitely lived up to the hype. The venison was beautifully cooked and wrapped in bacon which gave it a smokiness. It was served with potato fondant, carrots, wilted spinach and crispy shallot rings. Then be there was the carrot and lavender puree. Easily the most exciting combination of flavours I have ever had. Now I know this might not sound appealing to everyone, I on the other hand love lavender, it was very subtle and worked with the other components of the dish.
My dad opted for the steak, which was massive and very well cooked. It had a delicious, distinctive flavour and was served with creamy dauphinois potatoes.
CB went for the heather honey roast chicken with pea and ham hock risotto. I loved the thought of the typical pea and ham flavour combination in a risotto and done using the ham hock. There were large chunks of ham in the risotto and it add a really interesting flavour and texture to the dish. The chicken was beautifully cooked and the honey flavour came through.
Naturally we couldn’t resist some desserts. CB and I shared the blueberry parfait with pistachio and meringue crumb. This was a really interesting dessert and not something I’d ever seen before. I always like light, fruity desserts and this was the perfect end to the meal. The pistachio and meringue crumb was delicious as were the shredded mint leaves scattered in the plate.
My mum went for the apple tart tatin. It had the most amazing flavour where the caramel was just before that burnt stage. There was also a good apple to pastry ratio with masses of apple on there.
My dad went for the raspberry and Chambord soufflé. This takes 20 minutes to cook so it was nice to get a little break in between courses. The raspberry flavour was really intense and the soufflé was deliciously light.
All in all an absolutely superb meal.
Service was excellent. The staff were so friendly and attentive. The maitre d also came over to ask how our meal was.
Every table was taken when we were dining but when we arrived it was only about half full. The restaurant has low ceilings and I didn’t notice any music so it did feel a little quiet when we arrived. However once it filled up there was a lovely atmosphere.
We ate on a voucher which gave two courses and a glass of prosecco for two for £30. Starters range between £7-£10, mains £15-£22 and desserts £7-£9.