Located in the beautiful New Town area of Edinburgh is the family run restaurant; New Chapter. Hidden between Stockbridge and Canonmills, this warm and friendly establishment offers a contemporary menu using the finest Scottish produce. Serving a delicious mix of food with European influences, diners are treated to an array of exciting and unique dishes.
New Chapter have recently launched their weekly Jazz night, where every Wednesday customers are treated to live music performances by Edinburgh’s top jazz musicians. The renowned Robert Pettigrew and Kenny Ellis who have played at numerous venues and festivals around Edinburgh delight guests with their laid-back jazz, blue and soul music.
I was invited to experience this new addition alongside their award-winning cuisine from their extensive A la carte menu. On entering the establishment, the restaurant is a typical New Town building mixing a perfect balance of contemporary and tradition. The interior of the restaurant offers a calm and relaxed ambience with opulent dark blue hues along with an impressive geometric designed accent wall.
I am a huge fan of locally sourced ingredients and their beautifully crafted menu did not disappoint. It wasn’t long before the dishes were swiftly brought to my table. For the starter I chose their grilled octopus which I am always a tad dubious about due to its chewy consistency if not cooked properly. However, this was not the case as the octopus was cooked to perfection and was delightfully succulent and fresh as if it had just been plucked from the ocean. The cod mousse and chorizo gave a delicate saltiness to the dish and the wild garlic emulsion was sumptuously smooth. If that wasn’t enough, the beautiful sweet and tangy dressing of Amalfi lemon added a delightful kick to the dish, bringing the delicious ensemble together.
For the main course I opted for their rump of lamb and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The medium-rare meat melted in the mouth and the accompanying rich gravy provided an extra level of flavour. The dish was complimented by wild garlic and the beautifully delicate sweetness of hispi cabbage. To top it off the addition of perfectly cooked cockles added another dimension to the dish.
Finally, we get to my favourite part… the dessert. New Chapter have their fair share of winners, so obviously I had to try two of them. The first dessert was their new heavenly scrumptious banana parfait. It exuded a perfect balance of sweet banana and honeycomb, the smooth richness of a chocolate and caramel mousse with the tartness of a passion fruit and banana sorbet.
The second was a panna cotta delicately laced with ginger. In my opinion, ginger can sometimes over power a dish, but in this dessert, it was beautifully subtle. A ginger crumble added another texture to the dish while a delicate rose water cream paired well with the tartness of rhubarb.
Accompanying dinner is a delightful wide-ranging wine list and an ever-changing cocktail menu. I opted for a Gran Cerdo Tempranillo 2017 red wine from the La Rioja region of Spain. Its fruity notes of cherries and violets paired perfectly with lamb. To accompany the desserts, the restaurant also offers an array of sweet wines, I especially enjoyed there Maury “Grenat” Domaine Lefage, Roussillon 2016 from France. This softer alternative to port was delicious and had a beautiful taste of black fruits.
I was extremely impressed by the selection and quality of food in New Chapter Restaurant. The array of choice was outstanding and there was something on the menu for everyone’s taste. The staff were very endearing and professional and happy to talk you through all the options of food and wine available. The live jazz music was a charming bonus, providing the perfect backdrop to a lovely meal and adding greatly to the warm and welcoming ambience of the place. I will certainly be back to this little hidden gem, my only regret being that I had not found this place earlier.
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