Stockbridge, once renowned mainly for its well stocked charity shops, is now becoming better known as a popular hotspot amongst the foodie crowd and in fact is home to quite a few of our own favourite Edinburgh restaurants.
And here is another one to add to our list, Field Grill House. Located on the corner of Raeburn place the exterior is relatively unassuming so you’d be forgiven if you were to walk by. PLEASE DON’T!! You’ll be missing a culinary treat if you do.
Head Chef Gordon Craig has a wealth of experience on the restaurant scene. Before opening his first restaurant in 2013 he worked with the Roux Brothers at The Waterside Inn, which has 3 Michelin stars, as well as other Michelin establishments including The Peat Inn and The Plumed Horse.
Gordon has built a talented team who takes traditional dishes and put a modern twist on them using the finest local and seasonal produce.
He tells us that, “his inspiration comes working with some amazing chefs over the years and never saying no to try different combinations together, a lot of them don’t work. When I make a new dish I try it first myself and when I’m happy with it then I will let the rest of the staff try it listen to there feedback, once I’m happy with it then we send it out for the customers”.
The restaurant is small and intimate with a simple yet stylish wooden theme style décor. It is very unassuming but warm and welcoming. It is perfect for a romantic evening, catch up with a friend but also offers private dining options too.
A Nice Touch:
Freshly baked bread served on a wooden board with plenty of butter. I’m not usually a bread person (especially if I know I’m having three courses but I couldn’t resist the warm red pepper, tomato and basil rolls we were presented with. The bread flavours change every few weeks in accordance with local ingredients available and apparently we’d just missed the wild garlic (Head Chef Gordon Craig’s own personal favourite). However, my palate was more than happy with the red pepper one we received.
A good selection of fish, meat and vegetarian options. As the menu changes daily I won’t go into the detail of every option so as not to disappoint should you visit. We both chose the pan fried scallops served on a bed of black pudding and avocado, topped with crunchy hazelnuts and accompanied by an amazing raisin puree. Not only did this look like a work of art it tasted like one. The standards had been set to a very high level.
I actually really struggled to select my main course because there were so many dishes to choose from. Word on the street is that the steaks here are outstanding, however the rabbit ballotine, duck breast and roast hake all captured my attention. Simon opted of the 60 day aged steak and as I never cook duck myself (and thought the combination of ingredients sounded a very interesting mix) I picked this. Simon’s steak was served and it looked picture perfect. I was beginning to think I’d have a real case of food envy, however when my Gressingham Duck breast with Polenta, roast peaches, cashews and cider buerre noisette (you can see why I picked it!!) was served I was NOT disappointed. Again 11/10 for presentation. The flavours complimented each other so well; the crunch of the cashews and the sweetness of the peach against the mouthwateringly tender duck were simply divine.
Simon couldn’t fault his steak, the hand cut home-made chips were crisply on the outside and fluffy in the middle with the béarnaise sauce adding a touch of peppery cream – although Simon did comment that he didn’t really need the sauce as the steak on its own was so good.
The dessert menu was as equally pleasing as the mains however despite having an incredibly sweet tooth would you believe I just could not squeeze in a dessert? Luckily, Simon could. He chose the banana crème Brule served with a hazelnut brownie and peanut butter ice cream, it was almost like three desserts in one. Of course I asked for an extra spoon (what kind of idiot do you think I am!!) and wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. I’d recommend paying this place a visit just for this dessert alone. Enough said.
In a place like this I always wish I enjoyed red wine but this is something my palate is still in training for so I chose a glass of Vermentino, Les Archeres, France 2015 whilst Simon opted for a glass of Malbec (I can’t remember exactly which!). The wine list is extensive enough without being overwhelming and the staff are knowledgeable about the characteristics and which works well with each dish. The only downside was that there is no lager on draft – a small comment and certainly not one that would keep us away.
If I hadn’t seen the prices before hand and given the exceptionally high quality of the food and its presentation I would expect to pay exceptionally high prices. However you will be pleasantly surprised. Starters range from £5-£9 and mains from £12 and steaks from £18. There isn’t an additional charge for the sauce or chips with the steak, which is a personal bugbear of mine. A glass of wine from about £5. All reasonable prices for this city.
*As the menu changes daily all prices are correct at the time of writing.
Would I Go Back?
I most certainly will go back….and I’ll tell all my friends to try too.
T: 0131 332 9977
A: 1 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, EH4 1HW