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Sicily at Six by Nico Edinburgh Review  

From Palermo in the north to Catania in the east, with active volcano Mount Etna towering over it, Sicily is a treat for the eyes and the belly. A couple of friends of mine travelled around Sicily this summer and I was glued to their Instagram! The sights and food looked equally breath-taking. So when Six by Nico announced their latest menu was going to be Sicily themed, I knew I couldn’t miss it.

Sicily has been inhabited by the Greeks, Arabs, Spanish and the Normans at various points over the centuries and these influences come across in both the culture and the food. The soil is fertile due to volcanic eruptions and the warm climate makes it perfect for growing lemons, oranges, tomatoes, olives and pistachios. Fishing is also important to the island and local catches include tuna, sardine and swordfish. With these ingredients to work with, I was excited to see what Nico and his team would come up with.

If you’ve not been to Six by Nico yet (where have you been?) the concept is a new themed six-course tasting menu, every six weeks. The menu is very reasonably priced – £28 for the six courses and you can add matched wines for an additional £25.

To begin, there were three different types of arancini to try. My favourite had to be the red pepper with smoked mozzarella. The risotto balls were a good start to the meal and left me wanting more.IMG_6102

Next up was slow cooked aubergine served with creamy ricotta and Trapenese pesto. So both of the first two courses were meat free but certainly not lacking in flavour or substance. It worth noting that there is also a vegetarian menu, or if desired individual courses can be swapped out for the vegetarian alternative.IMG_6121

The fish dish was beautiful, fresh seared tuna served with puttanesca, a caper and raisin purée and some crispy kale. The tuna was cooked perfectly and the accompaniments complimented the fish and allowed its flavour to shine through.IMG_6126

Then it was on to a pasta dish of saffron pappardelle and ox cheek ragu. The ragu had been slow cooked for a deep, rich flavour. The dish was topped with a cheese crisp which was a bit like when you make a cheese toastie and some cheese runs out and crisps up. Delicious!IMG_6136

There were more traditional Sicilian flavours coming through on the pork fillet and sausage dish which had an orange and pistachio dressing. This dish was tasty, but maybe a little too filling straight after the pasta.IMG_6145

Dessert was a Sicilian Lemon Tart with whipped creme Fraiche, granita and candied rosemary. I’m not going to lie, I had been hoping for some Cannoli for dessert! However the lemon tart was certainly not a disappointment. It was zingy and fresh and the perfect ending to the meal.IMG_6151

This was another brilliant and inventive menu at Six by Nico. It runs until the 28th of October at both the Edinburgh and Glasgow restaurants. The next menu has just been announced as a Middle Eastern theme and I must say, it sounds absolutely delicious.

 

Review – Six by Nico Edinburgh

I’ve been a huge fan of Six by Nico since the Glasgow restaurant opened last year and I’ve made it along to check out nine of their menus! So when I heard that Chef Nico had decided to open an Edinburgh restaurant, needless to say I was a tad excited!

The new Hanover Street restaurant is very stylish with dark wood and grey walls with citrus highlights and marble table tops. The chefs are part of the dining experience; you can watch them in the finishing kitchen as well as get a birds-eye view of their progress on the wall mounted screen.image4

The concept is simple but genius; a new themed six-course tasting menu, every six weeks. The menus have taken inspiration from many corners of the world but have all been inventive and delicious. The menu is also very reasonably priced – £28 for the six courses and you can add matched wines for an additional £25.

The first themed menu that the Edinburgh restaurant ran with was inspired by the pinnacle of Scottish cuisine: The Chippie! But it was definitely not a greasy fish supper served in yesterday’s newspaper. This was a carefully executed meal, designed to bring the inspiration of the chip shop to your plate in unexpected ways.

I started my experience with an aperitif of Edinburgh Seaside Gin & Tonic garnished with samphire, while I looked over the exciting menu that would soon be arriving:

Chips & Cheese – parmesan espuma, crisp potato, curry oil

Scampi – Scrabster monkfish cheek, pea ketchup, herb pesto, bergamont

Steak Pie – Speyside beef shin, caramelised and charred onion, red wine

Special Fish – Shetland cod, beer emulsion, pickled mussels, confit fennel, samphire

Smoked Sausage – Ayrshire pork, salt baked celeriac, caramelised apple

Deep Fried Mars Bar – chocolate sorbets, orange, caramilla nougat

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The restaurant also had a vegetarian version of the menu, which I must say, sounded pretty delicious. It’s difficult for me to pick out highlights as I enjoyed the full meal but the beginning and end of the experience had elements of comfort food for me that gave those dishes an extra something.

The amuse bouche definitely did not have the appearance of chips and cheese! The parmesan mousse was creamy and delicious and the crispy topping inside added just enough texture to the dish. Finishing with a rich, chocolately dessert might seem a bit much for a six course tasting menu but I just loved Nico’s take on the Deep Fried Mars Bar. The caramilla nougat was heaven on a plate!

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So what does Six By Nico have in store for us next? I am beyond excited to say it’s a Willy Wonka themed menu which will run from the 15th May until 24th June. The new menu is set to begin with a reverse cheese board and end with a Wonka Bar – I’m intrigued!! There are also going to be six golden tickets which diners can exchange for an extra special prize. You can book now via https://www.sixbynico.co.uk/edinburgh/

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