Sometimes pub grub is the best! We were told of 2 pubs near the beautiful (but no doubt scary pricey) Balmoral Hotel. We headed to the first today, – Cafe Royal!
Spoiled for choice, we settled on 3 magnificent (and surprisingly large and filling) starters. The first was seared giant king scallops on black pudding with a light mustard smear! Juicy, plump, creamy and everything north Scottish waters promise! A hefty 12 quid but a generous portion!
The second, a traditional Cullen Skink with Arbroath Smokie. Think rich creamy slightly smokey chowder with fresh chives. Delicious, tastes familiar but with a Scottish twist, at 7 quid you can’t go wrong!
Third starter to share was a course pork and cider pate and a few pickles and home baked sour dough. All plates paired perfectly with a Giotto Pinot Grigio. Perhaps a single malt would be more appropriate, but there is always tomorrow…
So how was it? Perfect location – opposite the central beautiful Balmoral Hotel, just behind the iStore…by definition in this new world, if you are near the iStore you are in prime central real estate!
Food delicious, traditional without being just touristy. Wine and spirit list…. forgiving! Ambience… old style wood paneled, stained glass, high ceilings.
Find it in Register Street or look it up on caferoyaledinburgh.co.uk. Highly recommended for a great lunch in Edinburgh!