A few weeks ago I was invited to Leiper’s Attic*, in the west end, by the head chef Gavin Fitzpatrick. The invitation was to sample the new menu which was to launch back at the beginning of September. After having a quick look at the current menu online I could tell that it was right up my street. [I’m struggling to find a copy of the menu from that night online, but as soon as I do I will insert a link here].
I’m going to be totally honest and tell you that I didn’t know this place existed until I received the email from Gavin. Therefore, I didn’t really have any expectations.
Leiper’s attic is situated above Cottier’s on Hyndland street. The setting lends itself to cosy and romantic evenings due to their being lots of candles and fair lights. Perfect for the upcoming dark nights of autumn and winter.
To begin we were served an amuse bouche of potato espuma with a parmesan and pancetta crisp. The espuma was smooth and creamy and the crisp topping gave it a burst of flavour. It was as light as air. A perfect taster to get our mouths watering for the next courses.
To start I ordered the langoustine ravioli. The scallops also caught my eye but my friend decided to order those. The ravioli parcel was stuffed full of langoustine meat and served in a luscious bisque along with cured smoky mackerel. I loved this dish. I didn’t realise it at the time but the meal was only going to get better…
I also had a chance to try the scallops. They were perfectly cooked and served with a delicious but subtly flavoured risotto.
Next up was the venison loin. This was the perfect dish for me. The meat was served medium rare and in addition to this it was served with crispy croquettes packed full of pulled venison shin. The celery and shallots were strong and punchy but did not over power the richness of the venison. A great pairing in my opinion.
It’s also worth mentioning that when I was ordering wine I asked the waiter to recommend a red to go with the venison. This was not a problem and I was served a delicious glass of Malbec.
We also had the potato gratin. Think creamy, soft perfectly cooked potatoes covered in rich cheesy goodness. The thought of these, even weeks later, has my mouth watering.
With the first two courses going so well I couldn’t miss out on dessert. I went for the salted caramel and dark chocolate delice. I actually chose this before I chose my starters or mains. Whenever I see these ingredients on a dessert menu I’m hooked. It was a rich, sweet and smooth dessert. I had eaten so much and struggled to finish it but it tasted so good I didn’t want to waste a drop. The milk ice cream was a perfect pairing with its subtle milky flavour.
This was a gorgeous meal in a cosy romantic setting. The perfect place to try out some fine Scottish ingredients.
Just thinking about this meal has my mouth watering and my stomach rumbling.
You can check out the restaurant here and perhaps give the menu a try for yourself:
Thanks for reading,
*Although I was invited to try the new menu, all views and opinions are my own.