Édimbourg – The Dogs

Ouf – déjà près d’un mois depuis le dernier post! Il faut dire que j’ai une bonne excuse: j’ai passé la plupart de mes week-ends en Écosse, suis tombée follement amoureuse de leurs pubs et de leur cuisine régionale et ai passé la pluspart de mes soirs de semaine au boulot à lire les blogs des autres. Mes favoris iront dans un blogroll sous peu mais d’ici là, avant de vous donner mes bonnes adresses à Édimbourg et sur l’île d’Arran, je vous offre quelques notes prises par monsieur D lui-même lors d’un dîner dans un restaurant que je vous recommande fortement, The Dogs.

While D was up in Edinburgh for work, I went up twice for the weekend and was lucky enough to discover The Dogs, a great, great restaurant specializing in local, seasonal dishes. While it’s quite hard to get a table on the weekends, D was able to eat there twice during the week, on his own. Here are his dining notes, while I try to clear  up my schedule and make some time for blogging again.

The Dogs

Eating at the bar has a great energy.  Staring at the massive dog portrait – easily 7ft x 7ft – the buzz of conversation (overheard is a mention of “Mouton Rothschild” for some reason) swarms up from behind and envelops…  Although it isn’t so intrusive to prevent a casual reparte with the bartender.  I can’t say it’s entirely relaxing here at the bar – it feels a bit too much like I’m the center of attention – but my goblet of wine, a fairly light & crisp white that tastes like a new world style take on vinifera (bartender recommendation) is helping me settle into the evening.  On tap for this evening:

Home cured sardines

Soup of the day (as recommended)

Braised lamb hearts

Soup is a potato, shallot, celery and sweet corn with a bit of thyme to finish.  Almost a chowdery texture, the fresh corn is a great pop in the mouth.  Warming on a cold and drizzly Edinburgh evening.

Lambs heart is simply served… Whole heart halved over toast with a rustic parsley and braising jus reserve.  Prunes been placed in the heart chambers, but I confess that I can’t taste any bacon (which the menu suggested was in here).  Its definitely ofal, but the prune provides seemless texture and a playful look to this.

The sardine and cabbage is a resounding success.  The cured sardine is just chewy enough to ease the crunch of the red cabbage slaw and the saltiness would be overwhelming without the healthy proportion of raisins throughout.  Be warned though, the “small” is still pretty substantial.

Well, do you want to go now? You definitely should!

The Dogs – local dishes with local, fresh flair and friendly atmosphere in a well-designed space.

110 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DR – 0131 220 1208

About Chloe254

Québécoise à peu près trentenaire qui fait de son mieux pour vivre bilingue, a Brooklyn et ailleurs. Si les bars a vins acceptaient les enfants et les chiens, et si mon chien savait se comporter en public, le monde serait parfait.

5 comments

  1. Dear Chloé,
    Thanks a lot for having passed by my travel blog. You are so kind!
    Talking about dogs and restaurants in Edimbourg, I enjoyed looking at the picture of the giant dog with such a nice regard. He must have been staring at people, lol. And local dishes seemed to be yummy! I do want to go. Bye!

  2. À chaque fois que je te lis, je bave d’envie! Tu me rappelles des souvenirs lumineux!
    Que de belles journées on a passées à Edimbourg!!!!!!!!! Encore!

  3. Allez, allez, mon week-end à Édimbourg est tout écrit, il s’en vient!! (merci, tu me donne le coup de pied au derrière que la grande procrastinatrice en moi mérite!!)

    En passant, toutes les deux, D est fier comme un paon d’avoir suscité votre intérêt; je l’ai même surpris à évaluer la compétition, c’est-à-dire les autres articles du blog avec plus d’un commentaire😉

  4. Quelle belle destination! J’adorerais y retourner! Je me souviens de ce gentil monsieur qui me remit ma voiture de location à l’aéroport: je fus flatté de voir qu’il me comprenait parfaitement; quant à moi… son accent et son vocabulaire me furent fatals… ;o)
    L’architecture écossaise est vraiment superbe et envoutante…

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