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Published March 11th 2017
A sophisticated little restaurant with a romantic atmosphere
Nothing says Valentine's Day like a candlelit dinner, and that's exactly what we received when visiting blonde restaurant in Newington, Edinburgh on February 14th.
They name themselves 'a modern Scottish and European restaurant', which is reflected in their short, but simple and sophisticated menu. They continue, saying 'we have gained a reputation for being relaxed yet stylish', and I couldn't agree more. The restaurant itself is very small and understated and made for a relaxing yet still intimate Valentine's dinner. Finally, they write that 'we believe that dining out on quality fresh produce, cooked in innovative ways needn't break the bank'. This final point sums up this restaurant perfectly; the food is fresh and intriguing, yet for a beautiful candlelit dinner, the price is below what would be expected, making it an absolutely ideal choice.
In terms of the menu itself, there is definitely a suitable choice for everyone. My boyfriend, not being one for overly complex meals, went for the Aberdeen Angus rib-eye steak with lemon and cracked pepper butter, stir fried vegetables and fries, which he loved. Me, being a vegetarian, found it just as easy to find a perfect option, and I opted for the gnocchi with artichoke, sun blushed tomato and broad beans, mull cheddar sauce and rocket and pumpkin seeds.
Gnocchi @ Blonde
The dessert options (or 'puddings list') were honestly amazing. I struggled somewhat to choose what I wanted, but oh did I make the right choice. I went for the 'Flourless chocolate cake with caramel sauce and vanilla ice-cream' and it was everything you could want in a chocolate cake. Warm and oh so filling...
Dessert @ Blonde
In summary, if you're looking for somewhere with a romantic and stylish setting with a fresh and sophisticated menu to match- this is the place.
Pros: Romantic yet affordable with a fantastic menu Cons: A slight walk from the main town area