Restaurant review: A Room in Leith

The Room in Leith restaurant
The Room in Leith restaurant
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A Room in Leith has a new home in Dock Place, just a stone’s throw from its original and the ever-popular Teuchters Bar.

Visiting as part of a large group, we were given a warm welcome; a friendly, relaxed service that continued for the duration of our meal.

With food arriving pleasantly quickly considering our group size, our chosen starters illustrated a real flair and understanding of Scottish ingredients. A crispy Stornoway black pudding scotch egg with curried mayo and sweet pepper chutney (£6.95) was an imaginative take on a pub favourite, while the cod and crab fishcakes (£5.95) went down well, and stack of haggis, neeps and tatties (£5.45) came with a lip-smacking mustard and cider dressing and caramelised onion relish.

The menu at A Room in Leith is largely fish orientated, as one might expect, so I was surprised to find my herb potato scones with slow cooked tomato, butterbean and roasted aubergine stew (£10.95) drew some admiring glances from my fellow diners. Topped with crispy brioche croutons and goat’s cheese, it was a refreshing change from the usual lacklustre attempts at a vegetable based dish. The herby potato scones alone will ensure a repeat visit.

A seriously filling dish came in the form of a Scottish pork plate (£16.95) – pork shoulder, pork and apple sausage, pork loin and white pudding – well received and quite the carnivore’s dream. Most of the fish dishes were a delight, so it was a surprise that the only main not receiving rave reviews was the Black Isle Blonde lager-battered haddock fillet (£12.95) – a sizeable portion to be sure, but slightly greasy for that particular diner’s taste.

We finished our meal with a selection of desserts, among them a rich chocolate sundae (£5) of mousse, chocolate and cherry brownies and stem ginger mascarpone, a proper Scottish cheeseboard, complete with quince (£7.95), and a light portion of strawberries, raspberries, clotted cream and crushed honeycomb (£5) that satisfied a sweet tooth wonderfully.

A Room in Leith, quite unusually for a restaurant of its quality, offers BYOB. Coupled with a relaxed atmosphere and a fine selection of the greats of Scottish cuisine, it certainly demands a repeat visit.