I was invited to try out Element on Rose Street, somewhere I had always walked past but never ventured inside.
I have to say, the outside doesn’t give it justice, as soon as you enter you are greeted with a beautiful modern country side vibe, with tartan chairs, elegant nick nacks and delicate drawings on the wall.
I am guilty in saying before I entered I assumed it was ‘just a pub’, i thought very wrong.
The staff were all friendly and attentive with smiles on their faces and they made us feel very comfortable.
The menu is large filled with many hearty options, it would be impossible to leave hungry.
I opted not to go for a starter as I had my eye on a pudding and didn’t want to fill myself up, so Lewis ordered the Confit Chicken & Chorizo Terrine with homemade piccalilli and toasted brioche and I stole some.
As you can see from the picture, this was not attractive in the slightest.
I can eat spoonfuls of piccalilli so I was happy with this aspect, but I don’t think this dish was really for me. There was nothing wrong with it…just overall a bit ‘meh’.
For main Lewis opted for the steak, I suggested to him he should start a blog about steak as it appears to be the only thing he orders, when this arrived it looked brilliant.
So, here’s the thing, the steak was good and cooked perfectly, BUT it was the same price as a steak in a couple of our favourite steak restaurants (£22) and didn’t quite live up to their standard. Good – YES Pricey – Little bit.
I opted for the Corn-fed Chicken Supreme with ham hock stuffing, creamy mash, root vegetables and a mulled wine jus.
This was delicious, I FRIGGEN LOVE CHICKEN SKIN, and this chicken skin was beautiful and crispy, nom nom nom. The chicken was moist and the accompanying jus and mash were perfect. A hearty tasty dish I would happily order again.
One downfall – why are my vegetables squares?
As mentioned before I had my eye on a pudding, this was the Honeycomb Cheesecake with port roasted fig.
When all of the components were eaten together it was lovely, however the cheesecake was literally just cream cheese when tasted by itself, so it was quite hard to eat once I had consumed all of the honeycomb and fig.
One of the most beautiful dishes of the night though.
Have you been to Element? What did you think?
Price: 3/5 Starters:£4-7 Mains: £10-£22 Desserts: £4-£8
Recommend: It’s a rainy day, you’re knackered from walking about Princes Street all day and you just want to sit somewhere warm in an armchair and eat something hearty.
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