Canvas by Michael Riemenschneider

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Alphabet dating continued last night and it was Neils turn to pick the ‘C’ date. I was told to dress smart/casual and we headed to London. A short walk from Oxford street and we arrived at Canvas by Michael Riemenschmeider. It is a newly opened restaurant (January this year), which has already received rave reviews for the excellent food and interesting take on a tasting menu. The idea is you can pick your own tasting menu, the number of courses and the dishes.  We went for the 7 course menu for £70 per person. You are spoilt for choice with the menu, so it took us a while to decide but in the end we went for the following dishes (Apologies for the picture quality – or lack of it!).

Amuse Bouche – Cheese muffin with smoked bacon and warm brussel sprout soup with parmesan foam.

The muffin was amazing! (I am going to try and make similar myself) and the brussel sprout soup tasted better than it sounds!

Cheese muffin with smoked bacon.

Cheese muffin with smoked bacon.

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Brussel sprout with parmesan foam.

Scallop with cucumber – Horseradish & Yogurt – radish

I have never tried raw scallops before so I was a little concerned I would find them overpowering when they came out cold. I thought they tasted lovely though and worked well with the pickled cucumber and horseradish.

Scallops with cucumber, horseradish, yogurt and radish.

Scallops with cucumber, horseradish, yogurt and radish.

Langoustine with pearl barley, veal and jus crustace.

This was my favourite dish. The pearl barley with veal had an amazing earthy flavour, which complemented the langoustine perfectly. The picture does it not justice at all it was incredible!

Langoustine with pearl barley, veal and jus crustace.

Langoustine with pearl barley, veal and jus crustace.

Cod with lentils, pancetta and spatzle.

This was a contender for Neils favourite dish! The cod was great and the lentils and bacon complemented it with a subtle salty taste.

Cod with lentils, pancetta and spatzle.

Cod with lentils, pancetta and spatzle.

Pork hock and belly with apple and cider.

Although this was maybe the least attractive of the dishes (the belly does look a bit like a fish finger) it was by no means the least tasty. The pork was tender and very flavoursome.

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Pork, hock and belly with apple and cider.

Beef with carrots and pomme puree.

Top quality ingredients prepared to perfection.

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Beef with carrots and pomme puree.

 Pre dessert – mandarin and red pepper mousse.

This is the only part of the menu that didn’t work for me. The slightly bitter red pepper mousse totally overpowered the mandarin mousse, which was a lot more pleasant to taste.

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Pre dessert – mandarin and red pepper mousse.

Lemon with caramel, cream and olive oil.

Light, fresh and gorgeous.

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Lemon with caramel, cream and olive oil.

Chocolate 7 ways with pineapple and coconut.

I loved this but Neil found it a bit rich. Definitely one for the more hardcore chocolate fans!

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Chocolate 7 ways with pineapple and coconut.

Petit fours.

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Petit fours.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant! The food was excellent and the portions were a perfect size so you could enjoy the full menu. There is a nice cosy ambience and the staff are friendly and attentive. I will definitely be visiting again!

Canvas gets 4 Fletchie stars ****

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Restaurant Review – The Witchery Edinburgh

 

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The Witchery is a stunning restaurant in the heart of Edinburgh. Located at the top of the Royal Mile, just a few metres from the castle, it is a gothic building which really embodies the history and spirit of Edinburgh.  Below street level, with only a few tables, there is a warm and relaxed atmosphere. The walls and ceiling are covered in oak panelling and it is dimly lit by candlelight. You feel like you could be in the 16th century merchants house, who the building was originally built for.  

The food overall, was excellent. To start I had the pigeon with a grilled potato terrine and onion mayonnaise. The pigeon was rare and cooked perfectly. The terrine was thinly sliced potato and sweet potato layered and wrapped tightly in streaky bacon. It looked very attractive and was a good accompaniment to the pigeon. It’s nice to have something a little different to the usual root vegetable puree that pigeon is often served with.

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For my main meal I had juniper smoked loin of venison, with potato, parsnip puree, kale and chocolate oil. Again the meat was succulent, tender and cooked to perfection. The potatoes were delicious and the chocolate oil brought the whole thing together very well. I would recommend having a side and the peas with bacon were great.

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Last but definitely not least was the dessert. I chose the dessert selection and have never been as excited to get stuck into a pudding when this beast came out.

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There was a single origin Madagascan chocolate tart, which was delicious but incredibly rich. I was slightly disappointed as I didn’t get any fruity flavour which I usually get when eating Madagascan chocolate. There was a tonka bean crème brulee, which was the least enjoyable part of the dessert. It didn’t taste too bad but was more like a cheesecake with a hard set texture rather than the wobbly custard loveliness you would expect from a crème brulee. The passion fruit and mascarpone trifle was the most delicious part by far. Creamy mascarpone with sweet and slightly sharp passion fruit complemented each other perfectly. The orange blossom ice cream was light and refreshing and the flavour was excellent. There was also a small pana cotta, pistachio biscotti and madeleines which were all executed very well.

If you are visiting Edinburgh and are looking for a cosy place to spend an evening, this is definitely it! The a la carte menu is expensive but there is also a set menu 3 courses for £33 which is incredible value.

The Witchery gets 4 out of 5 Fletchie stars ****