After a busy busy week, what better way to enjoy a much-needed Date Night than with a trip to Bruntsfield’s cosy bistro, The Apartment.
… A lovely bottle of French Rosé. After all, the weather in the past week or so has been pretty much tropical by Scotland’s standards, which makes that totally acceptable.
To begin, I went for the Soup of the Day which was Potato, Parmesan and Lovage. It’s not a combination I’ve ever seen or tried before but I am now itching to try making it myself at home– it was truthfully, dee-lish and a nice change from the ordinary.
My OH went for the Moroccan spiced lamb balls, roasted red onion & carrots, cumin & cucumber yoghurt dressing, served with a flour tortilla, apple, beetroot and raisin coleslaw & mixed salad).
We were warned that for a starter this portion was going to be very generous and is more ideal for sharing but that did not put us off. The lamb was cooked beautifully and so full of flavour, but the accompanying dressing and salad really elevated it.
beef, red wine & tomato pie with herb mash, carrots & baby onions. This was exactly what I was hoping it would be; rich beef, creamy mash and lovingly roasted veg.
Don’t be fooled by the presentation- this may look like a modest portion size but looks can be deceiving and I’m ashamed to say that I struggled to finish this dish!
My OH went for the roasted duck breast, potato rosti, crispy duck egg, blanched baby vegetables and kale pesto. This left me with a severe case of food envy. The potato rosti was quite similar to daupinois in that they were so creamy, but with a crispy outside edge that made them all the more delectable. The duck was also perfectly cooked and full of flavour- you could tell all the fat had been rendered down beautifully.
As per usual we were feeling thoroughly full by this point, but as it’s a well known fact that dessert goes to the heart and not the stomach, we decided to share one.
We went for the dark chocolate brownie with raspberry compote and switched up the vanilla ice cream for salted caramel from Over Langshaw Farm. Although this combination has clearly been tried and tested many many times, they executed it perfectly, and that has to count for something.
This was the perfect way to end what had been a lovely meal, however if you’re an ice cream lover I would strongly recommend trying a scoop or 3!
Food – 10/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Service – 10/10
Value – 9/10
Overall we loved our meal at The Apartment and will definitely be returning at some point in the not so far off future. We couldn’t find a single fault with the food and the service was some of the warmest and most friendliest we have ever experienced. The set menu also offered terrific value for money, at £17 for 2 courses or £22 for 3 courses after 7 pm daily.
7-13 Barclay Place
Phone: 0131 228 6456
Opening times: 12pm – 11pm Daily