According to the Edinburgh grapevine, Ondine is the place to go when you are looking for delicious Scottish seafood, and it just so happens I was invited to check out what they had to offer.
As I was walking towards the restaurant doorway I couldn’t help but feel a little excited about what I was about to experience, as it is not often I eat seafood even though I love it.
I was greeted with a stunning glass of champagne and sat by the window overlooking George IV Bridge, watching the tourists and the occasional Edinburgh local pass by.
The tables in the restaurant surround a circular bar in the middle, and the interior is very much black, white and grey with a mixture of tiles and dark wood.
As we were perusing the menu we were offered fried oysters with a garlic mayonnaise. They arrived beautifully presented on a circular disc of what looked like salt and the oysters were kept in their shell.
I personally don’t like oysters, but I make myself try them whenever I am offered in the hope I’ll change my mind. These were spectacular.
A golden mouthful of wonder and the mayo was divine, this is the kind of oyster I can get used to.
For starters, we ordered the Potted Brown Crab with crumpets, polonaise and crab mayonnaise and the Oak Smoked Salmon with capers, shallots and wasabi mayonnaise.
The crab starter didn’t look very elegant compared to every other dish we received, and the crumpets looked pretty heavy going for a starter. I didn’t have any but I was told it was a lovely but filling dish.
The salmon arrived glowing with beauty, it was melt in the mouth fantastic. I have never had smoked salmon like it, a stunning orange slice with a few capers, shallots and mayo for every bite, simply gorgeous. A dish I could eat again and again.
For the main course, we couldn’t decide what to get as everything sounded incredible, from a wild garlic risotto to lobster thermidor there was something for everyone.
We narrowed it down to the Orkney Rib of Beef with king oyster mushroom, wild garlic and thin cut chips and the Monkfish Curry with spicy fried rice and raita.
It was a toss up between the rib of beef and the grilled isle of mull scallops, and the waitress informed my other half that it was three scallops so if we were looking for a larger meal definitely go with the beef, so he did and ordered it medium-rare.
Well, it looked stunning however it was not cooked as ordered. The meat was pink but verging on well done so it was unfortunately not enjoyable.
When I ordered the monkfish the waitress said ‘great choice!’ which made me really look forward to it.
My monkfish arrived like a glorious crown on a red satin cushion, ready and waiting for me to get stuck in.
It was cooked to perfection, moist and wonderful. The curry itself had a spicy kick which was perfect for me but others may find it slightly eye-watering. The rice and raita were faultless, the raita was precisely what was needed to even out the spice of the curry.
Altogether a sublime dish.
I was quite full but there was no way I was not getting a pudding, the standard of food was so high I knew I had to experience something sweet.
The options sounded quite heavy until my eyes landed on the Pavlova with mango and passionfruit with creme patissiere, and that was my choice made.
It appeared looking like a yellow melted snowman, albeit an elegant snowman.
Full of tropical flavour, each mouthful tart and sweet at the same time. I love the mango and passionfruit combination so this light dessert was a perfect way to end my meal. The only thing I would pick out is the left-in passionfruit seeds, they just get in the way for me.
Have you been to Ondine? What did you think?
Price: 4/5 – I received this meal for free but it would have cost – (Salmon £18, Monkfish £25 and Pavlova £8)
Recommend: It’s a special occasion and you adore seafood.
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