This week, I was invited along to sample the menu at the MP’s Bistro at Parliament House Hotel which is just a five minute walk away from Waverley Station at the foot of Calton Hill. The building has a fascinating history with the oldest part dating back to the 1760’s. It has had many uses over the years and was even home to the office of ‘Trainspotting‘ author, Irvine Welsh. During the latest refurbishment, when the property was changed into a hotel, the original range cooker was uncovered and forms part of the restaurant décor.
I loved that the old lift had been transformed into a charming phone cubicle; as modelled by my friend and dinner guest, Kerry!
The menu has a strong Scottish theme, with lots of locally sourced ingredients. It’s also fab value with the 3 course pre-theatre menu coming in at £20.50. To start, we both went for seafood – I chose crab cakes while my dining partner had a classic prawn cocktail; both were generously portioned.
For the main, I opted for lamb steaks and Kerry chose the hake fillet with a caper, shrimp and leek butter.
Desserts, I must say, were the highlight of the meal. I had a heather honey pannacotta while my friend had a baked lemon cheesecake. The desserts were rich, indulgent and beautifully presented. The perfect end to the meal.
Fancy trying out the MP’s Bistro for yourself? They have a brilliant offer on just now where if have dinner in the restaurant before 30th April 2015, you can go back and enjoy a main course for free in May! You can book a table here.
*Please note, this meal was courtesy of MP’s Bistro