The Scottish Cafe – Victor & Carina Contini

 All good to go in the tartan 

Now we live in the capital city, it was time to start grabbing every opportunity on our doorstep. I’d never been to a burns supper and I love haggis! I was really keen to do something for burns night to celebrate our national poet.

This is Edinburgh is a great website for knowing what’s going on in and around the city. The Scottish cafe is one of many eateries owned by the Contini group in Edinburgh. The burns night they had on offer in their Scottish Cafe located in Princes Street gardens really appealed. Not only were we being treated to some fabulous Scottish fare, there was some traditional cheilidh dancing to follow.

 Our traditional Rabbie Burns menu

I was excited by the local produce on offer, we were seated in tables of 10 and the building has massive glass windows so we had a very picturesque view of Edinburgh by night with the Balmoral hotel perched in the background. 

  Artisan roll with rapeseed oil 

Not the most flattering picture but the roll was great to nibble on and dip in the oil as we waited hungrily for our cock-a-leekie soup.

 Mmm cock-a-leekie 

The soup was hearty, chunky goodness. I wasn’t sure about the garnish so I just placed it aside. Otherwise the soup was perfect on a cold Edinburgh evening.

  Address to the haggis 

The whole experience of the burns supper was very special, the piper, the chef and the adresser of the haggis came together to follow through with tradition to address the haggis using Rabbie Burns words.

  Haggis, neeps & tatties 

The main event was worth the wait, again I don’t think the garnishing enhances the dish but when you get underneath that you’re met with delicious creamy crumbly textures. I ate it all! I personally couldn’t get enough of the neeps they were so creamy! 

  Cranachan

Dessert was divine, however it defeated me – I couldn’t eat anymore! However it didn’t go to waste as my boyfriend finished it off. The wafer was great for dipping into the creamy soft consistency of the cranachan. The glass it came in was a lovely touch and really added to the presentation of it.

So after our amazing feed it was time to dance the night away and that we did. I would recommend everyone check out the Scottish Cafe and I’d definitely get yourself down to a Burns event near you to celebrate our national poet and eat some of our tasty Scottish produce. 

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