Thursday is definitely the new Friday, right? We quite often go out on a Thursday night; it’s almost become the start of our weekend, and last week’s venue of choice was The Magnum. Occupying pride of place on the corner of Albany Street in the New Town, I had always been tempted to try out the food there, but never quite go around to it. So when we were invited along I wasn’t about to say no, and so with much excitement and our ‘hooray for Thursday’ faces on, we went along for what would turn out to be a delicious three-course meal.
First of all, we have to talk about the menu, which made it really hard for Rob and I to choose what to have. Three times the lovely waitress asked us what we wanted and we still couldn’t make our minds up. In the end, we couldn’t keep our tummies waiting any longer and I started with the scallops, served with black pudding buttons, tomato confit and horseradish crisps. This was a really good dish and the portion size was well considered, so I didn’t feel too full for my main.
Rob went with the Buccleuch haggis spring rolls and they were so good, he is still talking about them today. I expect he’ll still be talking about them for weeks to come, until we go back and have another portion. They were that good.
The main event was a mixture of land and sea as Rob opted for the tempura battered haddock and chips and I decided upon the rack of lamb with a wild garlic and pine nut crust, served with tarragon gnocchi and broccoli. Both dishes were divine. My lamb was perfectly cooked and the gnocchi was delicious. Rob’s fish was fresh, the batter was light, and the chips were seriously crispy. We both really enjoyed our dishes … I know Rob would have enjoyed his more had I not kept stealing his chips.
We were too full to have a dessert each and so we shared an excellent plum tarte tatin, topped with clotted cream.
The food at The Magnum is truly excellent. We left not only looking forward to going back but kicking ourselves for all those times we could have gone before.
Disclaimer: This meal was provided for free in exchange for a review. However, it did not compromise the integrity of this review, which was based entirely on my experience.4 likes