A Good Friday Date Night at Six by Nico
We were lucky enough to get a table booked for the opening night, and we couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the Easter Weekend. As with the opening night of any restaurant, we arrived full of excitement for what was to come– and they sure did deliver.
In spite of it being the restaurants opening night, everything seemed to run like clockwork and short of the odd empty drinks glass not getting cleared I really have no gripes. The staff were absolutely fantastic and got the balance just right between attentive and friendly, which really added to the overall experience.
The overall concept is beautifully simple and fuss free– the restaurant runs a 6 course tasting menu, running for 6 weeks after which they will roll out a brand new one. Overall we found the experience incredibly good value for money, at just £28 per head and and additional £25 for wine pairing. Naturally, we went for both.
We were feeling rather peckish so opted for the Snacks & Bread as well- featuring the most delectable fish finger and artisan bread. The fish finger was made of salt cod brandade and was paired with chippie sauce marinated olives. This was one of the most memorable parts of the night for me.
The Stars of the Show
Quite honestly, there was not one dish that I didn’t enjoy- but these were the ones that stood out the most.
Far from any Chips & Cheese I’ve ever had before, with a parmesan espuma, crisp potato and curry oil, this little ramekin was packed full of flavour and everything that’s good in the world. Our third dish of the evening was a Monkfish Cheek ‘Scampi‘ with pea ketchup, herb pesto and bergamot. Never really being a big ‘fish’ person, this was one of the dishes I had my own reservations about enjoying, but these were soon forgotten.
Unquestionably, the dish that caused the most theatre was the Smoked Sausage, featuring ayrshire pork, salt baked celeriac and caramelised apple and arrived in a glass dome of smoke. The little cube of black pudding and teeny tiny balls of caramelised apples were lovely surprises and the combination of both with the sausage were gorgeous. We finished our meal with the Deep Fried Mars Bar. It’s been [too many] years since I’ve had one, and this certainly satisfied my sweet tooth! This dessert was composed of chocolate sorbets, orange and caramilla nougat and it was paired with a fantastic Irn Bru cocktail. Oh, and if you’re partial to a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, this is the dessert for you. We enjoyed this so much we were tempted to ask for seconds!
We both agreed that Six over-delivered on all our expectations based on everything we had read, heard and seen. No pretentiousness, no fuss– but food packed with bags of flavour, perfectly matched drinks, attentive service, and a sophisticated but relaxed ambience. We loved the live streaming of the Pass as well as the throwback 90s music.
Food – 9/10
Atmosphere –9 /10
Service – 8/10
Value – 10/10
Ambience – expect nostalgic 90s/00’s music and candle-lit tables, all around the buzz of the open kitchen, with the loveliest staff.
97 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DJ
Phone: 0131 225 5050
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 12PM – 10PM
‘The Chippie’ Menu available March 30th – May 13th