Saturday, 12 July 2008
Restaurant Review @ Roseleaf
THERE'S SO MUCH TO LOVE ABOUT ROSELEAF. ON ENTRANCE, AN OLD TYPEWRITER DECORATES THE WINDOW SILL, ALREADY ENOUGH TO MELT THIS WRITER'S HEART. IT'S ALL VERY QUIRKY, WITH MISMATCHED EVERYTHING FROM SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS TO THE TABLES AND CHAIRS. OUR PARTICULAR CANDLEHOLDER IS AN AWESOME CERAMIC SWAN AND ONE OF THE TABLES IS ACTUALLY THE HOME OF AN OLD SEWING MACHINE.
The Ginger Jerry (£4), a house specialty, is our welcoming taste to Roseleaf. Made with homemade ginger beer and paired with Sailor Jerry, it's the most deliciously bizarre cocktail my friend or I have tasted and a perfect start to the night.
It gets better, though, with chicken liver pâté (£4.50) and organic bread -an opulent portion that's smooth and rich as it should be. Another starter is a lavish, stew-like bowl of the creamy Cullen Skink (£3.95) - the traditional Scottish dish of haddock, leeks and tatties. To die for.
We polish off the drinks with zero inhibitions and think better of having wine considering the prize cocktails at our disposal. When we ask for the Rosewater 'O' Leith, the girl puts her hand over her heart and wordlessly disappears to retrieve for us, presumedly, the holy grail or similar. What she returns with surprisingly rivals the first round - floral tea cups with ice, straws and a tea pot (with legs and feet!) filled with a hot pink, rose-infused concoction of vodka, red pepper flakes and spices-"sweet and hot, like the staff," as the menu suggests.
Later, we share the ridiculously good Roseleaf Burger (£7.50); it's homemade and topped with onion jam and Gorgonzola on a seeded, organic bap accompanied with 'rosey' slaw and tortillas with a fruity salsa. We also share the special - pan-fried salmon (£9.50) with cubed potatoes, roasted red peppers and a smoked mackerel purée, the latter of which completely nails the dish.
The desserts do nothing to interrupt the sensory extravaganza. A brownie-like chocolate/raspberry cheesecake (£3.50) is notoriously dense and I loved every single calorie consumed. It went perfectly with our affogato of espresso, Frangelico and vanilla ice cream (£5.20). Nope, no complaints here either.
It's a no brainer, a day or night at Roseleaf should be on your to-do list now!
Roseleaf Café / 23/24 Sandport Place,Leith
Edinburgh, EH6 6EW
0131 476 5268
Fri and Sat 10am-12.30am
Also in August 2008 issue of Bite Magazine