Tue 3 Apr 2018
I’m always on the look out for good Edinburgh restaurant recommendations, and I’ve recently heard good things about Dine with Stuart Muir. This relaxed, contemporary brasserie is located just above the Traverse Theatre, and I went along for dinner with a couple of friends to try it out.
Having looked at the menu in advance, it was a little pricier than our usual hang-outs. But we saw they had a very reasonable offer on the ‘Market Menu’ when eating before 7 pm, so we decided to go for that.
The brasserie is really beautiful. I loved the tree covered in fairy lights, which was just next to our table. The staff were all very friendly and quick to serve us. A very pleasant restaurant with a nice, cosy atmosphere.
The Market Menu had a choice of 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts. I didn’t really fancy any of the starters, so went for braised ox cheek with savoy cabbage, honey glazed carrots and mashed potato for my main. Followed by vanilla panacotta with poached rhubarb, rhubarb gel and gingerbread crumb for dessert.
I’m sorry to say, I was really disappointed by the ox cheek main dish. Although the food was tasty, the meat was quite cold and the portions of potato, carrots and cabbage were tiny. I enjoyed the panacotta and rhubarb dessert, but was still left feeling hungry.
A few hours later, my friends and I ended up ordering more food in the pub. This is really unusual for us. In fact, I think it’s the first time we’ve ever done it.
Although this restaurant is beautiful and we got a good deal with the Market Menu at only £14.50 for two courses, the portions were just too small for me. The place does get excellent reviews overall. So perhaps if we had dined from the A La Carte menu it would have been a different story!