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.
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