I was joined in this enterprise by Frances, who spoke at the May Scran Salon.
With front-of-house managed by Lydia Honeybone, who greeted us over the entry phone with a cheery “alright treacle”, we were soon shown into the charmingly appointed flat and to the smartly dressed table. There were a few familiar faces, not least Iain and Kate from Citylicious, and there were a good number for whom this wasn’t their first visit to Anna’s table.
With the gin & elderflower welcome cocktail having been gently sipped, it was on with the show. First up was warmly fresh bread with whipped butter and lovely sweet pesto. They’d considerately catered for Frances’ GF requirements with a special roll.
The starter proved to be the star of the show with a dish of savoury “jelly and ice cream”. This packed in an impressive array of elements with flavour, texture and colour variance, which seems to be very much Anna’s culinary calling card.
The jelly featured refreshing bursts of cucumber, the ice cream was smooth avocado, with seafood elements of mackerel tartare, crab meat and a brown crab tuille shard rounding things out. This was highly imaginative stuff and matched by accomplished execution. A dozen clean plates were returned to Lydia.
The main course upped the humour with a porn cone of pork crackling. This was the cheeky cherry on top of another complex dish featuring pork cheek and loin, gratin dauphinoise, artichoke, wilted spinach to dress and sticky and apple sauces.
The dessert was totally in ya face, with a riot of colour splattered across the plate. Again, there was a breadth of texture and flavour, with raspberry, custard and chocolate to the fore and a floaty wisp of candy floss. It was smart, clever and stylish.
Water pistols filled with cocktails were supposed to spark off a little war between diners, but Edinburgh politeness protocols didn’t allow for this exuberance to flourish much beyond the initial forays. Alright Treacle runs regularly throughout the year. You book via their website with a £10 deposit required, then further payment by cash donation is made on the evening.
Beyond the welcome cocktail, it’s BYOB. Frances made excellent wine choices with outstanding Riesling and Priorat matching the food. I’d recommend a visit to this highly enjoyable event dining experience. You’ll be impressed with the quality of fare on offer and likely to bump into some extremely good company.