It would be nice if Scottish weather could take a leaf from its Mediterranean counterpart and soak us all in endless sunshine. But frankly, that’s as likely as chocolate rain.
Thankfully though, Scottish cuisine is another thing altogether and many of our national dishes lend themselves very well to European influences.
ISHKA restaurant in Edinburgh knows this all too well, which is why it bills its food as ‘the best in Modern Scottish cuisine with nods to the Mediterranean’.
If this sounds tempting, try it for yourself with today’s Big Deal for a three course meal for two from their market menu, plus a glass of wine each.
Modern Scottish cuisine
ISHKA actually means ‘love’ in Hindi, and we’re hoping that you will love this Big Deal for two people to enjoy three courses from ISHKA’s market menu. A glass of house wine is also included for each diner.
This deal is available Monday to Saturday, from 5pm until 7pm.
Sample the market menu
As mentioned, you will be dining from ISHKA’s Market Menu. This could include starters such as black pudding, pancetta and apple salad or the steamed mussels with garlic, caper and tomato sauce.
Mains might feature the pan fried hake with aubergine, garden pea & celery puy lentils, wilted spinach and curried coconut cream or the roasted vegetable lasagne with Dijon mustard cheese sauce and Ishka house salad.
Desserts include apricot jam bread & butter pudding, set vanilla custard and rum & raisin ice cream or you might choose the ginger, cinnamon & carrot sponge cake with carrot & coconut cream, yoghurt drops and Arran Traditional ice cream.
Stylish city centre dining
ISHKA is a sleek restaurant & cocktail bar on Morrison Street, opposite the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
Diners can enjoy contemporary Scottish cuisine in a light, airy space with an eye-catching silvery ceiling and great street views from the sweeping windows. A marble cocktail bar adds an extra touch of glamour.
ISHKA has its own original cocktail list that you can sample after your meal, including the intriguingly named Femme Fatale, Cloak & Dagger and Secret Manuscript.
5pm diners have plenty of praise for ISHKA, in particular for the quality of the food and the service. We have edited the reviews below for length:
‘Never been disappointed with either the food or the service. Changed the cocktail menu but they did offer to make my favourite!...’ 5/5
‘Can’t praise the service enough. Friendly, efficient and extremely helpful. Felt like a guest. Food was good too :-)’ 4/5
‘This is the second time I’ve been here. Amazing value for money. Lovely cocktails. We both had the Bavette steak which was cooked perfectly and so tasty. Friendly staff too.’ 5/5
ISHKA very nice idea
Every so often, it is nice to dine out in style and this Big Deal from ISHKA offers a chance to do just that. With a three course meal for two plus a glass of house wine, this would either make a lovely chic dinner before a show.
Plus, as you can purchase up to three vouchers, you could even turn this into a family celebration or a long overdue get together with friends.