Taisteal is Stockbridge’s newest restaurant with Michelin-trained chef Gordon Craig at the forefront. Taisteal means to travel or journey, and it’s very apt for a restaurant which takes influence from destinations Gordon has visited all over the world, whilst still using Scottish produce. This new establishment opened this week and as a travel loving foodie I was delighted to go along for their opening night. We were promised an evening of canapes, drinks and live music, with the chance to talk to the main man himself.
On arrival I was greeted with a refreshing glass of sauvignon blanc and the opportunity to have a look around. The restaurant is small and intimate, with tables and chairs laid out in an L shape, following the shape of the room. One of the walls is covered with photos of food, from what appears to be various markets from different cities. This is the perfect wall art to tie in the primary ideas of Tasiteal: food and travel.
After chatting with fellow bloggers, the canapes were laid out and everyone made a beeline to the front of the queue (after taking photos of course). There was a wide selection of both savoury and sweet canapes, and I made sure to try as many as possible. My favourites included steak tartare, voulevant with avocado and artichoke stuffed with crab. The mini, pistachio topped chocolate eclair was the ideal sweet treat to round of my tastings.
Gordon took to the floor to say a few words before the live music started up and the drinks continued flowing. Overall it was a lovely evening and after a small teaser of what Taisteal is all about, I will certainly be returning for their January offer – 2 courses for £10 (terms and conditions apply). With items such as smoked salmon tartare and sesame crusted pork belly on the menu, who wouldn’t want to try this exciting new restaurant? I just hope the main meals are as good as the tasters!