Great lunch at the Grain Store

In my experience no-one who has ever visited the Grain Store for a meal has had a bad word to say about the restaurant. The Grain Store is something of an Edinburgh institution, having been in business on Edinburgh’s Victoria St since the beginning of the 1990s. So on the back of positive reviews and a thoroughly Scottish sounding menu The Edinburgh Blog chose the Grain Store for its traditional Christmas lunch. We weren’t alone in choosing the Grain Store for a fine lunch, as a wedding party in another room of the restaurant demonstrated.

Stornoway black pudding and apple at Edinburgh's The Grain Store Pork belly and red cabbage at The Grain Store, Edinburgh

The Grain Store is on the first floor and its windows overlook the beautiful Victoria St; especially beautiful with the flurry of snow outside. Inside you will find a traditional multi-room layout, with atmospheric lighting, wooden floors, stone walls - a rather warm and cosy restaurant. On the Grain Store’s website a 2 course Christmas Lunch was advertised for £19.99; we soon changed this to the Grain Store’s normal lunch menu which appeared far better value at £15 for three courses.

The starters of wild winter mushroom risotto and Stornoway black pudding with apple were both faultless. When black pudding tastes this good, it seems a shame that more restaurants don’t offer it. The roasted pork belly for main was huge and alongside the red cabbage I couldn’t think of a better dish for a Winter’s day. The fillet of coley was cooked just right and I’d have no hesitation in trusting the Grain Store’s kitchen to cook any meat or fish fare. Our initial disappointment at the lack of chocolate and espresso torte was replaced with joy when we tasted the Grain Store’s melting chocolate biscuit dessert. Crisp on the outside, gooey like a chocolate fondant on the inside and utterly delicious - we’re still discussing the merits of this dish.

The Grain Store’s £15 lunch was excellent value; distinguished by fine ingredients, cooking of a very high standard and a great ambiance. The dinner menu is significantly more expensive, but I have no doubt it will rival the quality of the lunch albeit on a grander scale. I just hope the staff smarten themselves up for the evening sittings, preferably by removing the trainers! Overall the Grain Store is a restaurant whose reputation is well deserved. A must visit, for lunch especially.

The Grain Store is located at 30 Victoria St (1st Floor), Edinburgh.
Telephone: 0131 225 7635

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