Hi Natbee’s readers, Joanne here corresponding from Edinburgh!
There’s so much happening this Valentine’s Day in Edinburgh, I don’t even know where to begin to share all the news with you! I have never seen so many images of heart-shaped food in my life. Did you know that you could even make sushi into that shape?
When we are not in the office writing up Natbee’s articles you will often find us eating exploring the Edinburgh independent restaurant and cafe scene. There’s nothing better than a hot cup of Earl Grey tea and a fruit scone while watching people walking by. There’s always a good reason to have a break and much more if there is a special occasion like Valentine’s Day, right?
If you are looking for a place to visit this Valentine’s Day and treat your other half, here are our top 5 picks. Ready, steady, go!
What:: A four-star country retreat Macdonald Marine Hotel and Spa in North Berwick-renowned for its beautiful coastal setting and 19th century Victorian architecture is perfect for a weekend getaway with your partner. It is a short drive from Edinburgh so worth to be included in this list.
Eat & Drink:: The west coast mussels with white wine sauce and mushroom ravioli. Also ask for the chef’s dessert suggestions. The strawberry cheesecake is amazing but they frequently change the menu. Our chief editor went for a weekend retreat and wrote her thoughts here.
What:: The interior of Le Di-Vin takes you back to France of the 19th century – wooden tables, hundreds bottles of white, red and rose wine on the bar and a huge paint wall, featuring the important men of Edinburgh, surrounding the entrance, are just a few of the features. Definitely the most sophisticated wine bar in Edinburgh and the perfect spot to spend Valentine’s night if you love wine!
Eat & Drink:: Depending what kind of wine you like we would recommend the salami board or fish share platter (be prepared to eat more than you can imagine as this is a big platter!). Try the Casa Lapostolle red wine with some German sausage and the Rioja Blanco a Spanish Viura with a hint of tropical fruit richness with some smoked salmon. Be sure to book a table prior your visit this is a very popular spot in Edinburgh an chances are it might be a bit busy on Valentine’s.
3. The Bon Vivant restaurant.
What:: One of our favourite places here at Natbee’s. The Bon Vivant in Thistle Street is an eclectic place that ticks everything on my list of good restaurants: great interiors, delicious food, good location and fantastic wine.
Eat & Drink:: Try the nibbles, if possible all of them! And also get the fries as a side, they are handmade and delicious!!!
What:: Another one of Natbee’s favourites, Hewat’s has made the Natbee’s monthly recommendation for two months in a row! Nestled close to The Meadows, the Hewat’s is a family run restaurant that offers the most delicious menu in the most sensible price.
Eat & Drink:: There’s loads of delicious dishes to get stuck into.There’s this naughty fish platter with a smashing variety of fish and seafood that you have to try and then there is the risotto/tortellini that is just goals!
What:: No. 11 Brasserie in Brunswick Str. is just what you need on Valentine’s Day! Nestled in a row of Georgian townhouses, No. 11 Brasserie is a short walk from the city centre and only a minute walk from the Royal Terrace Gardens. The menu is mouthwatering, the interior very romantic and the prices cannot get any better!
Eat & Drink:: The wine selection! Ask the staff for their recommendation and get a bottle for your other half, they have very good prices even on the drinks menu! If you can’t decide what to order for food your best bet is the sea bass, fried pan and in a lemon/olive oil sauce it is such a hearty and satisfying dish. Dessert time? Order a Cranachan pudding served in the most charming dish and share it. It has a very light taste and it is full of aroma.