Birthday Lunch in Edinburgh, Contini Style


Well, I reached the age on my birthday, earlier this year, where I now qualify for a Scottish National Entitlement Card. The so-called, Saltire Card, enables me to travel for free on buses throughout Scotland. As a bonus, also on the trams in Edinburgh.

I used my birthday present from the council to travel free to Contini, in George Street, Edinburgh. My wife, being younger than me, still had to pay.

Firstly, we had focaccia bread served with roasted hazelnut cream and I Ciacca cold pressed olive oil. Next, we shared fresh Scottish baby squid. This was served with deep fried Italian vegetables with Amalfi lemon and Mara seaweed homemade mayonnaise. We finished off our starters with roasted Mayan Gold potato with I Ciacca cold pressed olive oil.

Secondly, the mains. I chose chargrilled sea bass, with pan roasted Pachino tomatoes, black olives and crispy capers. My wife chose seared hand-dived Isle of Mull scallops. This came with roasted cauliflower purée, sanguinaccio and smoked pancetta.

I washed this down with a large glass of Bardolino wine. My wife indulged in a prosecco with spiced candied clementine, cinnamon syrup and frosted rosemary.

Finally, for dessert, I chose an Italian panettone trifle with espresso cream and 70% Vairhona chocolate. My wife chose crema cotta, orange and cinnamon and nutmeg meringue. I washed this down with a cappuccino. My wife opted for a caffè latte.

To conclude, my wife and I both enjoyed a delicious lunch to celebrate my milestone birthday.

P.S. If you like quality Indian cuisine, why not try Punjabi Junction.

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