The G&V hotel on the corner of the Royal Mile and George IV Bridge in Edinburgh is a fashionista's dream. Having rebranded from the Missoni earlier this year, the Hotel will be having a major facelift in early 2015, but the high standards of service and food will remain. This is five star excellence at its best.
As it is Christmas, let's start with the booze: we had lunch in the restaurant after a glass of the delightful on-tap Prosecco in the modern bar. With lunch we had a lovely glass of Soave and the ultimate in care and service.
As a coeliac, there is a massive difference between dining in an ok restaurant (Namaste Katmandu on Forrest Road did not merit a review due to a second rate experience) and dining five star. Our waitress was immediately attentive and highlighted issues to me before I had even noticed them. When I picked my main course, she said she would check what was in it and ensure it was ok, rather than make me choose an alternative.
The loveliest thing was the delicious brown seedy roll of gluten free bread brought for me, plus my own bowl of olive oil for dipping. This was followed by a selection of starters which we shared (again I was told what to avoid). The goats cheese and beetroot salad was the best I have ever eaten – light and fluffy with the goats cheese made into a soft soufflé.
As a main course I had a piece of seriously tender lamb, with fennel and olives, all sitting in a little pool of really tasty sauce and with some potato wedges on the side. Two of my fellow diners enjoyed a pasta dish and the restaurant assured me I could too as they make fresh pasta daily, including a gluten free option. However, I can never resist lamb, so did not try it. Though I am sure it is excellent, as is everything at the G&V.
We had no room for puddings, instead enjoying a pot of peppermint tea with a (non GF) piece of Christmassy gingerbread on the side (which I conveniently passed in a teaspoon to my friend).
Highly recommended if you can afford it – I know not everyone has the luxury of dining like this, though it does work well for a coeliac! If you can’t, find someone who will take you for a special occasion.
Serving Staff: 5
Choices: 4 (but only because there were too many mushrooms on the menu!)
Overall Experience: 5