The Kitchin: a unique tasting experience in Edinburgh
I didn't know that when you get engaged, people get you presents. And some of them are really serious about it. My boyfriend's best friend got us a gift card for dinner in Delahunt in Dublin, which was already pretty awesome, but his sister kind of went overboard and brought us to one of Edinburgh's Michelin-starred restaurant, The Kitchin.
We went over there for a weekend with his father and his partner; if was before Christmas and we were all in a festive mode. The six of us decided to go all out and enjoy the foodie experience to its full potential: we got the tasting menu with wine pairings, at an extravagant £145. When in Rome...
The restaurant has not one but two tasting menus, the "Classic" and the "Celebration of the season". We split between us so we could try a lot of different things. Long story short: it was an absolutely stunning meal.
Some of the highlights were a small gazpacho we had at the very beginning, absolutely bursting with flavour, an incredible razor shell, an insane tartare of mackerel, an unforgettable coquille Saint-Jacques and my first lobster tail. The wine pairing was an interesting and scrumptious experience - I felt like it brought the experience to a whole new level. We had never tried it before and it genuinely seems like the way to go - when you can afford it, obviously.
The service was what you would expect from a Michelin-starred restaurant, maybe slightly uptight for my liking, but fairly flawless. Every plate was beautifully executed and I was actually pretty surprised by the size of the plates, that were big enough to be shared. Often, tasting menus offer mostly bite size dishes. We loved the little map we got at the beginning of the meal - alongside some to-die-for bread and butter - which showed us the source of each ingredient used for the menu. It is great to have chefs who make the most of what we call in France "le terroir", emphasising local produce whenever possible.
The only shame was that with the bread at the beginning, that I couldn't prevent myself from devouring, the many courses and the generous portions, I didn't enjoy my last course and the sweet part as much as I should have. Hunger - or lack thereof - alters your tastebuds. It didn't change the fact this meal was extraordinary, and a heavenly way to celebrate some great news.