I love eating out, and always want to share when I find somewhere special! We're always searching for somewhere that serves high-quality Scottish cuisine but with a bit of a twist. Haggis, 'neeps and tatties are great but I love finding a restaurant who successfully puts a spin on the classics, serves up top quality food and clearly puts a lot of thought into every element of a dish, without me having to spend a fortune!
Although The Cellar Door is situated in the heart of the city, on George VI Bridge, this place is easy to miss. The actual restaurant itself is down some stairs and hangs between the Bridge and Cowgate, so be careful not to walk past without noticing! Once you've ventured down the stairs, the interiors are really pleasing, very well decorated and a lovely ambient atmosphere.
So, on to the food... We went all out and got 3 courses (how could we resist?!) The menu offered a range of delicious sounding Scottish cuisine which made it very difficult to choose. Decisions made, we went for the Caramelised Shallot Tart with Onion Puree, Crispy Leeks & Rocket, and the Ayrshire Pork Croquettes with homemade Brown Sauce. What was good was that the portion sizes were reasonable for the price, gave you a nice taster of the food, but left you with room for mains! The perfect starter.
Starters done and dusted, we moved on to mains. We chose the Venison Steak with braised red cabbage, balsamic & juniper jus and baby fondant potatoes- the steak was cooked beautifully and the whole dish was exquisite! From the Specials Menu, I chose the Balmoral chicken with haggis gnocchi, a whisky jus and baby fondant potatoes- another delicious dish and great twist on Scottish cuisine. The mains ranged in price, from £15.95 for the chicken, to £18.95 for the steak. I have to say these prices were very reasonable for the excellent quality and good size of the dishes. We were both so pleased with our meals, and felt each ingredient and flavour worked well together.
So beautifully presented
We were pretty full by the time we'd scoffed our first two courses, so decided to share a dessert. We were recommended the apple pannacotta with mini doughnuts by the lovely waitress and we were glad we followed her advice! Yum!
Overall, The Cellar Door had a great atmosphere, lovely and welcoming staff, beautiful, quality Scottish cuisine at very reasonable prices- would highly recommend!