This month I’ve been getting in to the rugby season with a trip to Bristol & Bath, but I’ve spent most of my time in Edinburgh. Here are my top 3 meals from this month:
To start off October on a good note, a group of 7 of us headed to Divino Enoteca for dinner on a Friday night. This Italian restaurant is part of the Vittoria Group and they certainly know what they’re doing when it comes to Italian food in Edinburgh. Vittoria and La Favorita are great places for family meals and takeaway pizza respectively. Divino Enoteca is situated in the Cowgate and has a very intimate feel. This makes it perfect for special occasions or romantic meals.
Our attention was caught by the wine flights on the menu and we all ordered a different variation – I chose the Tour of Italy White Flight. We were dining quite late, so we skipped starters and went straight in with main courses. However, we received an amuse-bouche, which was a lovely touch and gave us a glimpse of what was to come. It took me a while to decide, but I chose pasta filled with ricotta and spinach, which was sautéed in garlic and chilli olive oil and topped with parmesan and toasted bread crumbs. When the dish arrived, it didn’t look like a lot, but once I started eating, it had a lot more substance than I thought at first sight.
There were mixed reviews on the main courses, but mine was just as good as I had hoped it would be. The garlic and chilli were a prominent ingredient, so the pasta had a lot of flavour. Sam ordered the profiteroles for dessert, which were filled with lemon custard and had warm, white chocolate poured over the top. I was lucky enough to try these and would definitely recommend! The dessert cocktails are also worth a look if you don’t fancy a full dessert, but want something sweet.
Katie, Kirsten and I spent a weekend in Bristol & Bath in the middle of the month and we enjoyed a pre-rugby lunch at The Stable. We ventured to the Bath location, but there is also a restaurant in Bristol. Cider and pies are a big part of the west country and The Stable is the perfect place to indulge in both of these. Myself and Kirsten opted for the Cider Tasting Board, which allowed us to try 5 different ciders and made our lunch more of an experience.
The menu focuses on pies, pizzas and salads and has a good variety of each. Between us we ordered The Wild Rooster Pie, The Blazing Saddle Pizza and the Spice-Rubbed Chicken Salad. We got to try something from each section and it was all very tasty. The pizzas would be my top recommendation; the Blazing Saddle was delicious – make sure to get sour cream and jalepenos on top!
For a casual lunch or dinner, The Stable is ideal for a relaxed bite to eat – especially for groups because there are big wooden tables for everyone to gather around. The menu also offers sharing platters, which would be a great accompaniment to the cider tasters.
Bagels are something that I eat from time to time, but I wouldn’t say they are my favourite. However, Bross Bagels have completely changed my mind. Sam loves bagels, in fact his favourite avocado on toast (his no.1 thing to eat) is served on a bagel from The Bearded Baker, so when Bross Bagels opened in August, it was only a matter of time before we popped by.
This bagel shop can be found in Portobello and has a very modern vibe. There’s minimal seating, but what there is, is comfortable and relaxed. They have a menu with a selection of different bagel fillings, but there is also a section showing you how to build your own bagel – so the options are endless!
I chose The Reuboss and didn’t regret my decision for a second. The Bagel was perfect; crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, with a generous helping of salt beef, Emmental, sauerkraut and Russian dressing. I could eat this every day! Sam chose the Cold Turkey, which was also delicious, and he thoroughly enjoyed it.
Bross Bagels may be in Portobello, but we both agreed that it is most certainly worth the journey across town for! Not only is this the best bagel I’ve had, it’s one of the best things I’ve eaten this year!