Imagine, me and Mr Monkfish on a date, hard I know… But that’s exactly what happened last week when we popped out for dinner at The Scran & Scallie, the new Tom Kitchin venture to open in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. ‘Edinburgh’s new gastro pub’ was about to be #monkfished ….
With the ‘wee scallie’ tucked up in bed for the night we charged to Stockbridge, ducked in to the local cocktail emporium for a Zeppelini and then headed to dinner.
*NB the wee scallie was under the watchful eye of Grandma Monkfish for those of you who were worried by that opening statement.
There are probably very few people who are yet to hear of Tom Kitchin, numerous curls*, a Michelin star, TV appearances galore, a book, 4 boys under the age of 5, crikey, he’s a busy man. But seemingly not too busy to open this pub (with the help of long time chum Dominic Jack, chef patron of Castle Terrace , a Monkfish all time favourite restaurant) and devise a menu using the local lingo eg ‘sheip’s heid’ and ‘yer starters’, perfect for a Brummie and a Prestonian and sure to be a talking point for the tourists who will come in their droves. That’s as much of a guarantee as seeing offal on the menu.
There’s a nice feel to the place as you walk in, some cool touches with the decor, the tartan’s all there but with some Scandi ‘bits n bobs’ thrown in. Think Ilse Crawford and her revamp of The Olde Bell, Hurley. But, a pub? Mmmm, not really. Well, not the sort of pubs we visit…this is more of a dining room with a ‘wee bar’ as you walk in. Hey, detail…on with the food.
Right, it’s date night, Ms Monkfish was out to impress so after a quick perusal of Yer Starters, Yer Mains and Yer puds she was all set to order. First up roasted bone marrow. An interesting choice, a little daring but to heck with it, you’ve got to try these things. Mmm, not quite sure was the opinion although she did manage to see most of it off, waste not want not. And to be honest, it makes a cracking photo for the review…non?! Mr M played it safe with his choice, chicken liver parfait, toast & pickled cabbage, yes, Mr Predictable was back for the night! He polished it off nae bother, a very good start.
Now that Mr Predictable has made an appearance there’s probably no need to mention what he had for ‘yer mains’?? Yep, the Scran and Scallie wagyu burger and chips. Tasty, tad pricey, plentiful, although he still had room for a side of cauliflower cheese. Might sound random to you but apparently it worked ‘just fine’.
Talking of predictable Ms Monkfish actually chose the grilled monkfish tail cooked with garlic and herbs. Sooooo good, definitely the highlight of the meal, the fish oozed yumminess, the garlicky herby butter was amazing. A side order of braised cabbage and bacon topped it off nicely. Side orders probably aren’t necessary although if you want to cover off all the major food groups in one sitting then you’ll need to order one of ‘Yer bits n bobs’.
Pudding? Oh go on then. There’s no bravado on this date. Give in to the calories and go the whole hog. If there were any gaps to be filled for Ms Monkfish then a portion of Alison Jack’s syrup sponge was surely going to sort that. Belt loosening stuff but well worth it, old sKool puds that do it for us every time. Not to be outdone Mr M selected the warm chocolate chip cookie and ice cream. Bought to the table in an individual ‘wee’ pan (nice touch) this was another comfort food pud at its best.
So, there you have it. Date night consisted of a quick cocktail at The Last Word Saloon (St Stephen’s Street, Stockbridge), followed by a visit to The Scran and Scallie – 3 courses per head, a bottle of Chenin Blanc, coffee and a calorie overload. The S&S is quite pricey in our opinion for ‘pub grub’ but hey, with date night only once every 6 months at the moment we were happy to take a hit. We’re of the opinion you can easily pop in for a fish n chips and a beer and get change from 20quid. We were sorry not to have seen the curly one hanging around his new establishment whilst we were there but as mentioned earlier, he’s a very busy man.
Our ‘date’ was lovingly sponsored by….
** FACTOID – Mr Kitchin goes to the same ‘barber’ as Ms Monkfish, crazy stuff…if you want hair like us then click HERE Mr Austen Thomson works his magic on the most tricky of customers 🙂
All photos copyright Mymonkfish with the exception of the logo courtesy of The Scran & Scallie website.