Purslane the plant is tasty, nutritious and, at least according to an article in Men’s Health, one of the top ten best foods you aren’t eating’.
It doesn’t need much watering but Purslane Restaurant in Edinburgh’s fashionable Stockbridge has much in common with the plant.
Tasty and delicious, it was reviewed in Scotland On Sunday as serving ‘one of the most enjoyable meals of my year’ by the paper’s restaurant critic.
We think more people should eat at Purslane and today’s Big Deal on a gourmet, seven course tasting meal with matched wines is pretty much the perfect way to introduce you to the restaurant.
Casual fine dining
Purslane Restaurant is run by chef proprietor Paul Gunning who has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants under high profile chefs such as Marco Pierre White and Jeff Bland of number one at the Balmoral.
While Paul’s skills may have been honed in fine dining restaurants, Purslane offers a more casual, cosy setting in which to enjoy seasonal, locally sourced dishes.
Some 80% of Purslane’s suppliers are based in the Stockbridge area with familiar names such as Bowers the butcher and Armstrong’s the fishmonger being picked out on the menu.
The offer is for two people to each enjoy a seven course tasting menu with paired wines at Purslane.
The actual dishes on the menu will change according to which ingredients are in season but the menu below is typical. Each course will be matched with a glass of wine selected to complement the food.
Sample Tasting Menu
Seafood chowder with pan-fried scallops
Duck with raisin purée and macerated raisins
Pave of salmon, cannelloni of ratatouille and tomato fondue
Roast loin of venison with parsnip and vanilla purée, salsify and curly kale
Paul’s innovative dishes and Purslane’s casual atmosphere have won lots of friends. This is what the latest edition of The List Eating and Drinking Guide made of Paul’s cooking:
‘There’s no cheffy showing-off on display here, but flavour enough and respect for good local ingredients.’