Dinner at New Chapter, Edinburgh
You know how much I love going out for dinner (I’ve even listed it as one of our favourite things to do on our wedding website!), and I especially love finding new favourite places that Lewis and I can go to whenever we fancy a little treat. So when the opportunity came up to dine at New Chapter, we jumped at the chance.
Tucked away in Canonmills, New Chapter is a few minutes’ walk from our flat (making it a perfect contender for our new neighbourhood haunt of choice!), and I’ve been lucky enough to head there for meals a couple of times now through work, but this was our first time heading there together for ‘date night’ dinner. I’ve loved my previous dinners there so much that I’ve even asked our wedding caterer to recreate one of their desserts for our meal, it was that good.
New Chapter specialises in Scottish/modern European food, with high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients used in every dish. I’d raved about it to Lewis every time I’d visited, so he was really looking to finally trying out the food for himself too.
New Chapter’s recently been renovated so it’s looking fabulous; think deep Hague Blue walls, gold accessories and a chic metro-tiled bar, with a window into the kitchen so you can watch the chefs at work. We were very warmly welcomed and given the coveted table in the window, perfect for people-watching, before we ordered drinks and started perusing the seasonal menu, filled with delicious dishes and local ingredients.
Whilst we agonised over our decisions, the waitress brought us our drinks and a basket of freshly-baked bread, along with a selection of homemade whipped butters. There’s a gorgeous green herb butter at NC that I just can’t get enough of, it’s so delicious and I literally had the entire pot to myself (what wedding dress diet?), poor Lewis didn’t even get a look-in. Prosecco, fresh bread and a slathering of irresistibly savoury, herby butter - what a combination.
For starters, I already knew what I’d be having before we’d even crossed the threshold. Back in the summertime, I had the most delicious plate of Orkney scallops and I knew I wanted the same again. Plump, juicy and beautifully cooked, the scallops were served with a rich bacon broth, a hunk of warm pork belly and a scattering of salty black pudding crumb; the whole thing works together beautifully and even though the portion is more than enough, you can’t help but want more and more. Lewis chose the grilled octopus dish, which was served with a silky cod cheek mousse, Amalfi lemon and chorizo; a very Mediterranean vibe that he tells me was very welcome on a rainy Edinburgh Thursday.
We’re both fairly straightforward when it comes to main courses; if there’s a good steak, we’re having it. We don’t cook red meat at home so it’s a rare treat for us, and whilst I was sorely tempted by the halibut fillet (which came on very good recommendation from my colleague!), I just had to go with the Borders ribeye, served with hand-cut chips and a peppercorn sauce - Lewis had the same (but parmesan truffle chips). The steak was of supremely high quality, delicious and very well-cooked, and the buttery, peppery sauce, though unlike any other peppercorn sauce I’ve ever tried (lighter and less creamy, more like a jus), set the whole dish off beautifully.
Dessert, by this point, was wildly unnecessary, but we decided to go for it anyway. I opted for the ginger panna cotta with rhubarb, which was amazingly rich and spicy, but so creamy and light at the same time. It was served with soft stewed rhubarb and a crunchy ginger crumb, and I enjoyed every spoonful! Lewis went for the newest dessert on the menu, a banana, honeycomb and chocolate parfait, which the waitress physically swooned over as she brought it to the table. Luxurious and sweet, he cleared the plate in what felt like seconds - I don’t like banana so luckily for him, he didn’t have to share, but the plate certainly looked beautiful.
Every dish was so beautifully thought-out, with unexpected little additions across the ingredients and the most beautiful presentation - certainly well above what you’d expect from a neighbourhood bistro restaurant. New Chapter feels like a little secret, but for those in the know, it’s somewhere you return to time and time again, whether it’s to celebrate a special occasion or just because you fancy treating yourself. Service is warm and attentive, and the food is beyond delicious at very reasonable prices - plus it’s walkable, I really couldn’t ask for any more!
*Our meal was gifted but I was not asked to write this review. All opinions are my own.