Castle Terrace November 2014 - Lunch menu

With my friend visiting from London for his birthday, Castle Terrace had to be the place to celebrate in Style. I won’t go into detail about the restaurant as everything can be found in our previous post (here).

Castle Terrace
Last time it was Mrs SEO who lunched with friends, but this time it was myself who returned to a restaurant that has never failed to deliver in the past. After a cold and wet walk along Princess Street, we arrived at a warm and cosy Castle Terrace. Although we were slightly early, we were taken straight to our seats and my friend was delighted that the chef had left a signed birthday card. A much appreciated gesture, so thanks very much.

Here is what we had:

Warm sourdough with butter
Carrot and Coriander amuse bouche 
Wonderfully presented amuse bouche with clear and beautiful carrot and coriander flavours. 

Canapes at Castle Terrace
The crafted canapés included a crispy salt cod tortellini; caper filled mini burger; liquid centered hors d'oeuvre which had an explosion of caeser salad taste, when bitten into. Having had these before, they still deliver the surprising tastes, we loved the liquid caeser salad. We still haven’t managed to work out how they manage this taste explosion.

Tartare of North sea red gurnard
Fresh well seasoned North Sea Gurnard with elderberries was a match made in heaven. The dish was presented beautifully and the elderberry flavours complimented the gurnard sublimely.

Ravioli of red legged partridge
A beautifully presented dish where the consommé was poured into the dish by the waiter at the table. The pasta was thin and had a perfect texture. The Partridge was rich and plentiful; a beautiful dish which we both agreed may have been our favourite of the day.

Ballotine of ox tongue

 Could there be a better plate of food for a cold and wet November afternoon? Hearty comfort food, packed full of rich flavours, this dish was utterly fantastic. The ox tongue was cooked perfectly and I really enjoyed the small cubes of polenta on top of the dish.

Cheese trolley
For an extra £6 we both opted for a small plate of cheese each. The trolley was packed full of excellent cheese to choose from. The waitress serving them was full of knowledge, and selected some great cheeses for us both to try.

plum and hibiscus panna cotta
I loved the presentation of this desert and the flavours certainly didn't let it down. The light and creamy panna cotta had beautiful plum and hibiscus flavours. The lemon yogurt sorbet wasn't too sharp and was a welcome addition to a tremendous dish.

Birthday cake
A nice touch from the kitchen which my friend appreciated. Although we were pretty full we still managed this chocolate delight.

Twice before I have eaten at Castle Terrace, my third visit could quite possibly be my best meal yet. The level of cooking on show is outstanding and my friend who has eaten at many Michelin restaurants in London was equally impressed. The food we ate was presented beautifully and the range of flavours on show was highly impressive. A lunch for two, with two bottles of red wine cost £110. This is certainly not overly expensive for a lunchtime treat.

Service as always was outstanding. It was pleasing to see some of the staff who served myself and Mrs SEO on our first visit still there now. One of the staff I recognised was the restaurant manager, Shaun; he is clearly very experienced and is a great asset to the restaurant.

Castle Terrace delivers top quality dining experiences time after time. It’s certainly for me at the top end of One Michelin Star dining and don’t see why it shouldn't be in contention for a second star. Dominic Jack, is clearly a chef with great passion and talent and I believe he doesn't get enough recognition for his work. Regardless, if it’s a cold winters night or warm summers day, Castle Terrace continues to serve fresh seasonal food that makes you want to return continually. 


Food 8/10
Service 9/10
Decor 8/10
Toilets 8/10
Value for money 9/10

Overall 42/50 - Improves year after year, a must visit restaurant and easily one of the best in Scotland.

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