After an absolutely frenetic week at the salt mines, I was delighted to have the prospect of an innovative dining experience at the end of it. A collaboration between police box favourite Barnacles & Bones and Ruaraidh Menzies’ Ror’s Kitchen, it promised four courses of seasonal treats in a mystery location.
Ror had told us all about the event at last month’s Scran Salon.
I was joined by Eleanor who had joined for the Hidden Wing, which was notionally a similar set up, with a bespoke menu from Angels with Bagpipes served in an unlikely New Town location.
We met at Barnacles & Bones where owner Hal served us some little nibbles of corn fritters and black pudding which very effectively kept the chill of the evening at bay.
The mystery location for Ror’s Kitchen proved to be within sight of the Hidden Wing, on Albany Street.
The set up was the very essence of autumn with leaves filling every spare space and pumpkins smiling at us from various angles. We were greeted by Adelaide, who’d been responsible for much of the design work. She welcomed us with homemade sparkling elderflower, which was wonderfully refreshing and a great livener.
We were then shown to the main dining space where three communal tables were set up to accommodate around thirty diners.
First up was Hal’s lobster and scallop thermidor with bread and homemade butter. This was light, fresh and sweet and served in a scallop shell. It was a good opener.
Ror took the lead from here with the next course, a partridge burrito with celeriac salsa. I’m not a huge burrito fan but this brought together a good range of textures for satisfying eating.
The kitchen had some slight chip-pan issues with the main course, but we were soon tucking in to poached patridge breast with a cabbage and wild rice parcel and roast beetroot. This was hearty fare and well prepared.
To round things out there was a dessert of apple and damson turnover served with cinnamon ice cream. This was a real seasonal favourite and hit the spot nicely.
We were left to reflect on a joyful evening of fun and laughter in the company of some wonderful friends, old and new.
We look forward to the next event series from Ror and chums. We’d recommend you check it out and try to secure a seat at their table.