The restaurant looked fantastic and had a great buzz about it while we waited in the bar for our booking. We were seated in the rear dining room which was beautiful; really nice and modern without being too over the top (understated glamour the Mrs says).
Angels and Bagpipes’ menu offers the best of Scottish food with an Italian twist, you won’t find any of your standard Italian fare here though. Our starters arrived quickly and looked stunning; scallops with melt-in-the-mouth Stornoway black pudding bonbons and a beautiful tomato and mozzarella salad with Barolo dressing – light, delicious and unexpectedly tasty to a die hard carnivore.
The main course of stone bass with saffron couscous, fennel and sauce vierge was delicate, soft and perfectly seasoned. Amazingly the couscous, not unlike orzo, appeared to be home made – no mean feat itself! The Mrs’ lamb rump with cumin liver, creamed potato and lamb samosa was punchy, juicy and cooked perfectly rare. She wasn’t keen on sharing.
Pudding was a Willy Wonka inspired delight. Chocolate mouse with puff candy and Irn-Bru sorbet was topped off with tastebud fireworks from a sprinkling of popping candy. Tiramisu with chocolate sorbet was rich and sweet, in fact the tiramisu was one of the best I’ve ever had but could have survived without the sorbet.
Angels with Bagpipes offered undoubtedly the best food we have eaten in Edinburgh to date. Unfortunately there is a big sting in the tail: the service was the worst – not out of place in Fawlty Towers.
Our booking was lost and we were made to feel at fault, our drinks went to another table and the wine arrived after we had finished our starters. Main courses took nearly an hour to appear with no explanation and our second bottle of wine joined us just in time for home.
It was a special occasion treat and although we set out to have a lovely long dinner when it’s forced upon you it’s not quite the same. Hopefully these issues can be ironed out quickly and help make this one of the top restaurants in the city, until then we’ll be dining elsewhere.
Angels with Bagpipes, 343 High Street, Edinburgh. Tel: 0131 220 1111
Dinner for two with wine £160 (three courses, two bottles)