Restaurant Review: The Honours

Sampling the steak at a new jewel in Edinburgh’s culinary crown

“To do the honours of a table gracefully, is one of the outlines of a well-bred man…” – The Honours of the Table by Rev. Dr. John Trusler

There was a moment in Scottish history when a man called Sir Walter Scott uncovered the Scottish Crown Jewels, otherwise known as the Honours of Scotland. Now having visited The Honours brasserie on North Castle Street, it’s clear to me why they chose to name the restaurant after this tale. It’s an absolute gem of a venue, and you’re treated royally there.

Arriving to the warmest of receptions, we were first led to a comfortable soft-seated area just below the main restaurant, where we sat back with a glass of bubbly and browsed the incredibly enticing menu. Our first impressions were of class and sophistication; it was easy to feel relaxed and charmed by the friendly nature of the staff and the calm, pleasant music creating a haven-like ambience.

Once shown into the restaurant itself, we gazed around and admired the decor: black and white marbled floor, high ceilings with large lampshades creating a mellow glow above our heads, black-leathered seats with immaculate white walls and splashes of abstract gold.

To start our experience we were each offered a single oyster, which was beautifully presented on a bed of ice and sparkled with rosé champagne granite, keeping it fresh and adding a touch of spectacle.

For starters, I tucked into the Wishart’s Blend smoked salmon dish, which was simply incredible – perfect with a dash of fresh lemon and the flavoursome seasoning. Soon after, I found myself gazing down at the most perfectly cooked and immaculate-looking steak I’ve ever seen, topped with a sprig of fresh tomatoes and a side of creamed mashed potato. To my delight, it tasted as good as it looked.

With a great selection of desserts on offer it was hard to make a decision, but the Honours Sundae came too highly recommended to pass up. Caramel ice cream covered with toffee, caramelised banana and pecans immersed within – need I say more?

This restaurant is a wonderful place for a romantic meet-up, perhaps from a couple of dates in and onwards. We were there on a lunch visit, but even then it proved to be very popular, which says a lot for its quality of food and service.

I must extend my gratitude to restaurant manager Steven Spear, who was attentive and generous and made our visit extra enjoyable, and give huge compliments to the chef for a superb lunch, created to perfection. I can’t recommend this venue more highly and will absolutely visit again. The Honours, it was an honour – thank you.

To find out more, visit www.thehonours.co.uk. Follow Lisa Coleman on Twitter at @Lisa_D_Coleman.

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