Earlier this month Mr Bug and I were invited to try Dine with Stuart Muir – one of the newest additions to the food scene in Lothian Road. Right above the Traverse Theatre, this fresh foodie gem might be easy to miss, but it’s certainly worth seeking out.
You access the restaurant through the same doors as you access the theatre – swing a left and walk up the stairs and you’ll see the spectacular moss wall with the restaurants logo superimposed – it’s quite an interesting sight that greets you!
As you walk inside the restaurant opens up into a unique dining space in the round, with a lovely unusual tree in the middle. If you can, try and get one of the tables by the window that will give you great views of the surrounding area, including the Lyceum Theatre and Usher Hall.
While the place looks impressive, the overall ambience of Dine with Stuart Muir is quite relaxed, with fellow diners chatting over their feasts in the dining area and larger groups socialising in the attached champagne bar, with lovely comfy looking sofas and animal print carpet.
While I would love to try out the Champagne Bar at some point, Mr Bug and I were in to eat on this particular occasion, so we were sat at one of the tables in the round dining area.
We had two courses off the express business lunch menu, which at £13.50 a head was incredible value for money given the quality of the food. Our meal came out quickly and the serving staff were incredibly attentive, making for a really pleasant evening.
Mr Bug had the Loch Duart salmon, served with garlic and pomme mousseline, roast beets, salsify and bitter orange marmalade. He absolutely loved it, with his only complaint being that the serving was a little on the mean side – would have quite happily scoffed up even more of the delicious potato sauce.
Meanwhile, I had the spiced bean cassoulet, served with roasted squash, hummus, chargrilled sour dough and a lovely dollop of crème fraîche. I absolutely loved this dish, the cassoulet used a variety of beans and perfectly balanced flavours with an array of herbs and spices.
The sourdough bread was a perfect accompaniment, and the crème fraîche gave the mainly tomato based dish a bit more body. The squash, which I am admittedly not always a big fan of, was also really tasty, although I must admit one of the pieces was slightly harder than I would have liked. On the whole though, it was a really delicious option, perfect for any vegetarians in the group.
To finish, both Mr Bug and I had to have the sticky toffee pudding, which came with stewed spiced apples, crème fraîche and a salted caramel sauce. For me, it was a pretty cracking sticky toffee pudding, and I have had my fair share! The stewed apples gave the fairly light sponge a bit of substance and the salted caramel sauce took the edge off the overall sweetness of the pudding – so it was a lovely balanced end to the meal.
Dine with Stuart Muir has only been open a couple of weeks and so the place is pretty quiet, but now is the time to go and try it out before more people find out about this hidden gem. The express menu makes Dine’s great food accessible to those with tighter budgets, or makes a great option for a pre-theatre meal. Either way, it’s well worth checking out.
You can find Dine with Stuart Muir (website) above the Traverse Theatre at 10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Head up Lothian Road from the west end of Princes Street, and you’ll spot it by the Usher Hall on the left hand side. It’s just up the road from the Red Squirrel.
Many thanks to the folk from Dine for providing the meal for this post.