An excellent dining experience that is worth the journey across town
We first dined at the excellent eh15 restaurant and bar two years ago and have also attended a couple of their event evenings in recent months. It’s an excellent concept at Jewel and Esk College – a real live working restaurant for the hospitality and catering students to gain useful experience before setting out to work in professional venues.
Situated on the 3rd floor of ‘The Club’ at the Brunstane college campus, there are wonderful views of Arthur’s Seat and the Edinburgh skyline to be had. Unfortunately for us, this visit afforded us no view due to persistent fog and cloud.
We arrived a little early for our 12pm lunch and witnessed the students (staff) preparing for service, including polishing the front door of the restaurant. My dining partner and I were warmly welcomed by the staff, coats taken and shown to our table.
Previous experience has shown us that this place fills up quickly, even during weekday lunches, so booking is advisable. By 12.30pm, almost all of the 50 seats were full. We were given the menu (three choices or so for each course) and the cost is a very reasonable £9.50 for the full lunch.
All of the staff are under the watchful eye of professional chef Mark Porter, but they very much run the kitchen and prepare all the food from scratch each day. The front of house staff are very friendly and although the service isn’t perfect, you do have to remind yourself that this is a training restaurant where they certainly get an A for effort.
Iced water was offered as soon as we sat down at the immaculately set table. I chose a glass of Pinot Grigio at a very reasonable £2.25 per glass (£11 per bottle) whilst perusing the menu and chomping on a warm bread roll. There are 10 white and 10 red wines to choose from and a few choices for Rose wines and ‘bubbles’, all of which are reasonably priced.
For starter, my dining partner chose the Chinese Dim Sum which was beautifully presented with a lovely soy and honey dip. The starter was equal in quality to any other Chinese Dim Sum we’ve eaten. I plumped for the Chicken Caesar Salad to start, which was presented well in a beautiful dish that left me waiting with excitement for the main event.
My companion chose the Baked Ham with Madeira Sauce which was a succulent meaty dish with a side of perfectly cooked vegetables and potatoes. Receiving envious looks accross the table at my choice of Haddock in Batter, I savoured every mouthful of this simple choice. The batter was light, the fish flaky and the tartare sauce was divine. The hand-cut chips completed the dish and left me a very happy diner.
There was no question about whether or not we were after dessert – we wanted the full experience. Strawberry Mousse was the choice for my friend, whilst I opted for Steamed Orange Pudding with Orange Sauce. The former was light and fluffy and everything you would expect a mousse to be. The latter was a generous portion of wonderfully moist sponge with bags of flavour, accompanied by the most perfect orange sauce and cream.
Time did not allow us to linger today over coffee, but it was offered with a smile, before we requested our bill. £21 for a lunch of this quality for two people is excellent value and with an ever-changing menu, we’ll certainly return again. And again.
This is a great choice for those that live on this side of town, but well worth the journey if you’re not a local.
Lunch daily 12pm – 1.15pm (not Saturdays)
Evenings 7pm – 8.30pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday only.
Lunches – £9.50 (three courses)
Thursday dinner (three courses) £12.50
Friday and Saturday dinner (three courses)£18.50
The eh15 venue can also be hired for private parties, wedding receptions and other events, with all food, drink and service included. The outside seating area is perfect for a post-meal drink in the summer.
Suitable for disabled? Yes, on third floor, but has full elevator access with toilets on same floor.