It was all sorted! Over a year since our last gathering myself and three of my besties were all set to visit El Cartel in Edinburgh for a feast of delicious Tacos and many margaritas, followed by a booking in a city beer garden.
As our lunch booking loomed closer we noticed with some alarm that a variety of Edinburgh bars were being forced to shut their doors temporarily due to covid-diners. So as nice as our planned night out seemed ……. we basically bottled it!
It was decided that the best and safest option all round was to gather in our friends lovely Leith flat and have a get together with good food, wine and banter.
My Leith buddy and her sis hit upon the idea of a take away – but not the normal run of the mill calorie laden curry or pizza option. They would not have made the grade for this new, improved healthier version of the Grumbling Tummy (she types whilst munching on a piece of chocolate – organic dark chocolate but chocolate all the same!)
The plan was to order a simple but luxurious take away seafood platter from The Kings Wark in Edinburgh. I have heard nothing but good things about this Edinburgh institution but I have never eaten there myself. My only experience of this venue involves standing drinking around a barrel whilst my friend, who one can only hope was drunker than me, demonstrated to the assembled group her ability to do a handstand. Needless to say this was quite some time ago.
The Kings Wark Seafood Platter for 4 people including a bottle of white wine was £60. I will admit that at first glance I did wonder whether there was enough food to fill four grumbling tummies. Our hostess perhaps had similar concerns as she had rustled up some new potatoes and rustic bread to pad things out. We need not have worried – there was more than enough to go around.
The platter itself included: smoked mackerel, lobster, shell on prawns, smoked and poached salmon, mussels and dressed crab complete with some charred half lemons to drizzle over the top.
It looked so incredibly vibrant, fresh and dare I say it – healthy! The taste did not disappoint. The mussels were large, plump and juicy, the mackerel was bold, smoky and beautifully flaky, the prawns were delicate and soft ( I hate a rubbery prawn) and the salmon was cooked to perfection. The lobster was absolutely heavenly, though there is never enough lobster is there? The crab prepared with apple and dill was I imagine a delight to crab lovers, but I am not the biggest fan of the crab.
Thankfully there was oodles of home made tartar sauce supplied – my love of tartar sauce is renowned in my family – as well as a fresh tart mango salsa which went wonderfully with the prawns and a zingy citrus creme fraiche which I thought complimented the salmon particularly well. There was also a pot of prawn cocktail included which was a nice addition I guess but not wholly necessary.
The surprise hit for me was a little pot containing Scallops Cerviche. I have a wariness of all things raw and sushi would be in my room 101 food list along with saffron and soft egg yolk. But I adore citrus and I adore scallops. I suspended my raw fears for a moment and I am so glad that I did. They were such a delight, so bright, fresh, soft and delicious. I would definitely have these again.
Between the beautiful sophisticated platter, some rustic bread and some new potatoes, I felt virtuous. The pounds should be slipping away. We did not even have dessert! That is how good we were.
Unfortunately my intake of prosecco and white wine were not quite so virtuous. There is definitely some way to go but one step at a time. There is journey to every destination and some are more winding than others!
Next up from the Grumbling Tummy:
Bish Bash BOSH …. a colorful vegan extravaganza