Author: Anne Hamilton

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Monday, February 8th, 2016 at 4:54 pm
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New Chapter Restaurant…ssh!

‘Honest, fresh, and fantastically tasty food that brings together international influences and Scotland’s amazing larder’ goes the tag line for New Chapter Restaurant – and they have got it spot on.

New Chapter is hidden away in that bit of the city where the New Town meets Canonmills, although it won’t be hiding for long if the number of enthusiastic diners on a wet Monday lunch time are anything to go by. And rightly so; the place is a find – the kind of neighbourhood bistro you really want to keep to yourself but actually can’t help bragging about finding.

Last autumn, owners Matthew and Carol, turned this venue around in ten days flat. The first time I visited – also for lunch on a wet Monday – the paint was literally still drying downstairs in the two private dining rooms, but you’d never know that from the friendly service and beautiful food upstairs. Less than six months on, New Chapter oozes a confidence and warmth that suggests it’s definitely here to stay.

chap1The Lunch Menu is a steal at £9.50 for two courses. You’d probably spend this on a sandwich, coffee and sweet treat at your local New Town deli, but New Chapter is in a different league. My companion and I spend just under an hour in the restaurant, enjoyed a main course and pudding each, and it felt relaxed and slightly special – far superior to what one expects of a ‘quick lunch’.

We decided to forgo the wide-ranging starters: white onion and cider soup or venison pithivier, anyone? to be sure of room for pudding. So, for our main courses, we chose the slow-cooked beef cheek with mashed potato, curly kale and bourguignon jus, and the Loch Etive sea trout, smoked mussels, parsley mash and shellfish veloute (pictured above). Both beautifully presented and generous for lunch, the beef was as soft as butter, and the silky veloute raised the stakes in the already excellent fish dish.

To follow, it would have been a crime not to taste the dark chocolate ganache, honeycomb, and popcorn ice-cream – rich and delicious. The mandarin cake with blood orange gel and chocolate and orange ice-cream was an equally lovely, lighter combination.

One evening, babysitter permitting, I’d love to try dinner. For now, I’m basking in the after-glow of a great lunch. Highly recommended.

 

New Chapter Restaurant and Private Dining

18 Eyre Pl, Edinburgh EH3 5EP

Open daily 12–2:30pm & 5:30–10pm. Booking advised.

Contact 0131 556 0006 or info@newchapterrestaurant.co.uk

 

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