Taste the wonders of Scotland's larder at Edinburgh Food Studio
Let me tell you a story about the Edinburgh Food Studio; it’s a good story to tell...
It opened in November 2015 as a research hub and a place to host one-off cooking collaborations and workshop evenings with international chefs from restaurants around the world. To date, its owners, husband and wife team, Ben Reade and Sashana Souza Zanella, have clocked up oodles of food experience across the spectrum, studying, researching and cooking their way to their premises on Dalkeith Road where they are redefining eating out as we know it.
This pair lives and breathes good food and wine and it shows in the seven-course tasting menu, £50, which is there to be enjoyed by dinner guests from Wednesday to Saturday evenings. They’ve recently been joined in the kitchen by head chef, James Murray, whose creative energy and ethos matches the duo’s.
Dinner choices are made for you but you're in the chef's safe hands
Here it’s all a discovery of putting together the purest, freshest, most natural of Scottish produce available on the day, cooked simply but spectacularly to let the ingredients shine. Guests take a leap of faith in as much as they don’t know what’s on the menu and, dietary requirements aside, dinner choices are made for you and left entirely down to chef’s creativity. But you’re in great hands.
Dinner here is interesting and innovative-pickled, preserved, fermented, crumbed, marinated... you name it, it’s all there and served up in a simple presentation that manages to make a bold, confident statement. There’s no pomp and ceremony. We sit at a no fuss, candlelit, communal table and are served samphire and lemon; Isle of Wight tomato, rye bread, anchovy and mustard leaf; a delicious corn on the cob (just because) with fermented chilli butter and prawn crumb; girolles and meadowsweet; mackerel and turnip; Shetland hogget 4 ways with braised lettuce; and finish with cherries, blackcurrant and colonuts; raspberries, meadowsweet and oats; and almond cake. Progressive, natural and downright sublime.
Edinburgh Food Studio’s approach to dining may not appeal to everyone but if you’re in the market for next level dining this is the place to go. The atmosphere and décor in the restaurant? I really don’t care. This isn’t really what Edinburgh Food Studio is about. We’re there to experience and discover food and learn from Ben about the produce and cooking, and the wonderful wines and drinks he pairs with each course as it leaves the kitchen.
Is it acceptable to have a seven course dinner at least four nights of the week..? I feel my world would be a whole lot better for it.
Edinburgh Food Studio is also open for brunch on Sundays and lunch, Thursday - Saturday. 158 Dalkeith Rd, EH16 5DX, Tel: 0131 258 0758, edinburghfoodstudio.com