Edinburgh Food Studio is a fairly recent addition to the Edinburgh food scene. Launched by a really successful Kickstarter about a year ago, this establishment is part restaurant, part culinary school and I have been meaning to give it a go ever since it opened.
Eventually, I got my wish to try it out as a couple of my blogger pals (Ann from a Quirky Lifestyle and Emma from Edinburgh Feasts who have both managed to get their reviews up long before me – hah!) invited me to join them on their culinary quest on Dalkeith Road.
Edinburgh Food Studio dons its ‘restaurant’ hat three times a week, but even then it’s far from your regular dining experience. There two large tables for punters and everyone dines at once, making it quite a communal affair.
The place is run by Ben Reade and Sashana Souza Zanella, who were both there on the night preparing and serving the dishes. Apparently Ben worked for a while in Copenhagen and you can recognise the Nordic influence as soon as you walk in with the Scandinavian decor.
There are no menus here – it’s a set seven-course menu where the only clues of what you are about to eat are ingredients scribbled on the whiteboard at the back of the restaurant. I love this style of dining, and putting my faith in the hands of the Edinburgh Food Studio team I eagerly tucked into my first course, which was a tomato, broad bean, chanterelle and leek salad.
The second course was a swede, squash and onion with good king henry sauce. I was a bit nervous about having to find room for seven whole courses but thankfully the dishes up until this point had been quite light but also incredibly delicious – and photogenic too!
Up until this point, I had been served a vegan version of what my omnivore chums had been eating but obviously when it came to the fish and meat courses my meal took a slightly different direction to the meat eater’s.
While my dining companions munched on monkfish, I had three gorgeous grain cakes that were served with beach herbs and new potato. While they were really tasty, the next course was my favourite of the entire night: a beautiful pumpkin seed skirlie that was served with a forager’s salad.
Foraging and using what is local and in-season is clearly a key priority for Edinburgh Food Studio. Sure, it means that the food they serve may look a little unlike what you find at other homogenous establishments, but it was a thrilling experience and I love the idea that all these gorgeous tastes are freely available in Scotland, right now.
Next up was the cherry granita, which for the omnivores was served with a creamy custard. The granita on its own was a little too tart for my tastes, but paired with the sweet custard my dining companions found it quite tasty.
I enjoyed the next sweet course a lot more, which was a raspberry sorbet served with a chunk (yes, you read that right) of heather honey. I have never eaten honey like that before and while I am not sure if I prefer it to its runny counterpart, I am glad I gave it a go.
We finished off our evening with a seabuckthorn and spruce jelly cube, which acted sort of a palate cleanser. The whole thing cost £35 (plus extra for drinks) which I thought was incredible value for money. With in-season food changing all the time, I am really keen to go back and see what the folk at Edinburgh Food Studio come up with next.
Edinburgh Food Studio (website) is at 158 Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 5DX – about 10-15 minutes out of the city centre on the 2, 14, 30 or 33 bus. It’s open for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.