If you love seafood you will love Ondine. Adjacent to Edinburgh’s Missoni Hotel on George IV Bridge, proprietor and chef Roy Brett opened this little gem in September 2009. Roy already had a huge reputation as Rick Steins right hand man and he was the man at the helm of the award winning Restaurant at Dakota. So now he is doing it for himself and how. This man is passionate about his food and boy does it show! Starters included scallops the size of golf balls, caramalised and served in the shell each with a mini individual chorizo sausage nuzzling up to it. LSH had Tempura chilli squid in a batter so light it was melt in the mouth.
Main courses. Well the seafood platter caused a sensation when it was produced from the kitchen. Sometimes words don’t cut it. Just have a look at this!
Did you see the guy with the specs, Neil, pinching the young ladies chips when she was temporarily distratced. Huh! Anyway, you can see the banquet of crustaceans we pawed at, cracked open, sucked and swallowed. One bloke, a strapping farmer from Dingwall,was allergic to fish.
The special of the day? Roast rib of beef from Inverurie. Carnivores and fish fiends alike this is sustainable, traceable food of a quality that makes this a must go restaurant. Take your mother, brother, lover, husband, wife, friends, pick up a stranger, sit at the seafood bar for a snack on your tod or spend hours indulging for a special occasion but whatever you do, do yourself a favour.
Ondine Restaurant, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. 0131 226 1888
Proprietor Roy Brett.