A lunch at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel with my fellow kravists was organised by Guardian Defence after the Saturday morning classes. By the time I had a shower and cleaned myself up, I was starving but we got to the pub an hour before the kitchen opened.
That’s ok. We sat around in the spacious dining area and chatted. We were the only ones there so it was fairly quiet.
It was a fairly modest pub, with old black and white pictures of people who are long dead, and this nice image of a mountain scape.
When it was finally time to order, AJ got a vegan sharing plate with grilled veggies, olives, hummus, eggplant dip and freshly toasted rosemary turkish bread. While I couldn’t sample any of it because of NoSugarVember (I wasn’t sure what the vegetables were marinated in), I did get a big whiff of that warm, crusty bread. Gorgeous! It didn’t get finished so AJ wrapped the leftovers in a napkin and took it home. *jealous*
I got the 250g Wagyu steak cooked medium rare, with undressed salad and steamed vegetables. The steak looked good but not the best I’ve had. The majority was overcooked (as usual), with some bits still nice and tender and other parts a little tough. I was hungry so it went down with pleasure.
The vegetables consisted of cauliflower, broccoli and beans, and were fresh and tasty. The salad was a nice, refreshing side, but I couldn’t help but wish it had dressing to moisturise it.
I didn’t mind the Edinburgh Castle Hotel. I’m always a little apprehensive about checking out a new pub because some can be really unapproachable. I suppose we were there when the atmosphere was a little sombre and quiet, and I’d like to think that on a Friday night, it draws a good crowd. Who knows? Maybe one day, I will. In the meantime, one of the great things about the place – their menu was vegan and vegetarian friendly with gluten-free options. Very accommodating…