A couple of months ago a friend and I visited the newly opened ‘The Lookout’ another offering by Gardener’s Cottage and The Collective situated on Calton Hill. Our taxi driver was convinced there was nothing up there, and that the access road hadn’t been open to traffic in years but was willing to give it a go – and thankfully it was open, I wasn’t fancying a walk in the typical driech, misty Edinburgh winter’s day!
The Lookout is built on a cantilver partially suspended on the edge of Calton Hill, affording great views over the city (if it wasn’t misty!). The menu is simple and seasonable using local ingredients and a little imagination!
For starters we had the Salt Baked Beetroot with Goats Curd, Gingerbread and Pear, paired with some delicious homemade bread. For main course I had the BBQ Hispi Cabbage, Onion and Coddled Egg, and my friend had the Partridge, Pear, Winter Chanterelle and Barley, which they carved for her – removing any stress of dealing with that at the table!! We chose the Charred Sprouting Brocolli and Hasselback Potato as sides.
Finally for dessert we went for the Pineapple Tarte Tatin with Douglas Fir and Vanilla Ice Cream and ‘The Snowman’ which was a Barley, Fig and Ginger Baked Alaska
All the food we had was delicious and well presented, the restaurant itself is light and inviting and is really worth the visit up Calton Hill, especially on a clear day!