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Castle Terrace won it’s first Michelin star this year and after having read many good reviews about it, I was keen to try it out during one of my trips to Edinburgh.

 

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Canapes

 

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Salmon tartare with carrot vermicelli (9/10)

 

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Salmon tartare with carrot vermicelli (9/10)

 

The dining scene in Edinburgh is of high quality and a few restaurants stand out as being of extremely high quality (e.g., The  Kitchin). One of the restaurants that many critics rave about is Castle Terrace. The head chef, Dominic Jack, trained in some of France’s most prestigious kitchens, such as Taillevent and L’Arpege.

 

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Scallop with cannelloni of tarragon and lemon (8/10)

 

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Spelt risotto with crispy ox tongue and veal heart (9/10)

 

I was fortunate enough to be shown the kitchen and briefly met with the head chef, Dominic Jack, who could not have been nicer. What struck me most was the amount of time it takes to prepare many of the dishes and the considerations made when preparing them.

 

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Spelt risotto with crispy ox tongue and veal heart (9/10)

 

When I visited Castle Terrace I tried the surprise tasting menu which consisted of:

  • Canapes: pizza margherita, salt cod barbajuan and caeser salad
  • Homemade bread
  • Salmon tartare with carrot vermicelli (9/10)
  • Scallops with cannelloni of tarragon and lemon (8/10)
  • Spelt risotto with crispy ox tongue and veal heart (9/10)
  • Hake fillet served on cod brandade with crisp potato (8.5/10)
  • Filet mignon of pork with braised fennel, smoked aubergine puree and a basil & olive jus (8.5/10)
  • Pistachio souffle with chocolate sorbet (8/10)

 

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Hake fillet served on cod brandade with crisp potato (8.5/10)

 

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Hake fillet served on cod brandade with crisp potato (8.5/10)

 

It is always a bit risky ordering a surprise tasting menu, but most of the dishes I was served at Castle Terrace were very tasty, seasonally inspired dishes. The French origin of the dishes is apparent, but at the same time the dishes have been very well adapted to the produce of the land around. All of this effort culminates in very high quality the dishes. I could also see some of influences of the restaurants that Dominic Jack has worked at before. For instance spelt risotto dish reminded me in some way of the delectable frog’s leg risotto at Taillevent.

 

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Filet mignon of pork with braised fennel, smoked aubergine puree and a basil & olive jus (8.5/10)

 

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Filet mignon of pork with braised fennel, smoked aubergine puree and a basil & olive jus (8.5/10)

 

The service at Castle Terrace can not be faulted. It is very good indeed. It is clear to see why they’ve been awarded a Michelin star and why they’re considered one of Edinburgh’s best restaurant. Given the age of the chef and the staff this restaurant can only get even better in the future, which bodes well for Edinburgh.

 

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Pistachio souffle with chocolate sorbet (8/10)

 

The surprise tasting menu at Castle Terrace costs £70 (excl. service charge and drinks),

 

Overall rating for Castle Terrace: 8.5/10

(The rating reflects the quality of cooking, ingredients used, ambience and price)

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