Last week, we were fortunate enough to be invited to the newly refurbished Malmaison at The Shore, Leith. Having only been once to ‘The Mal’ before, and living right around the corner, we were certainly most intrigued.
The Shore Malmaison has just undergone a massive £1.2 million refurbishment, which it was certainly in need of. The new look is open, modern and trendy – certainly more in keeping with Leith’s new ‘vibe’ and will certainly prove popular with the fresh crowd in the area.
With 100 bedrooms in the hotel, it is popular with corporate visitors and they will certainly be pleased to hear that 52 rooms have already been renovated, with the remainder due to be completed by April of this year.
As with any good press evening, we started off with cocktails. My ‘Painkiller’ was particularly pleasant, and although essentially a Pina Colada, it was certainly the perfect antidote to a busy Thursday afternoon.
The brasserie menu presented me with an issue, however, namely, what to order? The options were modern, deliciously appealing and surprisingly, managed to look and taste even better than they sounded.
Situated in Leith, it was a pleasant surprise to discover so many fish dishes on the menu. From mussels in a spicy curry sauce to soy seared tuna mignon with pak choi, toasted sesame and miso dressing, the menu certainly had something to satisfy the fishiest of taste buds. I opted for the seared tuna and was certainly not disappointed.
I get ahead of myself. My starter was beef fillet carpaccio, served with a truffle dressing, watercress and parmesan. In fact, it was so delicious that I find myself almost salivating as I sit here writing about it. What is on the menu at home tonight, I wonder? Could I skip it and head straight to The Mal?
My fellow dinners from 5pm, Citylicious and EdinburghFoody opted for starters of ahi tuna tartare, pan roasted sea scallops and fresh crab tacos respectively, and although their meals looked spectacular, I did not (for once!) have food envy.
My main course of seared tuna mignon with toasted sesame, pak choi, chilli & miso dressing was soon served and what a delicious and beautifully presented dish it was. Cooked to perfection, and plated beautifully for photographing, I was in heaven. Cooking a tuna steak can be difficult, and in the wrong hands, even the best steak can be destroyed. This was far from the case. The tuna was the best I’ve had and the miso and chilli dressing had just the right balance, but did not overpower the natural flavour of the tuna. All in all, an absolute winner and I cannot wait to order it again – I just hope it manages to live up to my now, very high, expectations.
Along the table from myself, Johnathan Trew from 5pm tucked into a West Country rack of lamb and schooled us all on the history of the building and the area, (I will leave that lesson for another time…!), while Citylicious and Edinburgh Foody both raved about their portions of Goan moules frites.
The table was later treated to some lemon tarts and millefeuille, but, of course, being food bloggers (/greedy gits), we all embarked on the journey of desserts. Although my Valrhona dark & milk chocolate torte was nice, it was so large and rich that it cast a hazy sugar shadow over my otherwise relatively light and flavoursome meal. Next time, there is only one thing I shall change about my Malmaison meal, and that is my own greed. I WILL show some self-restraint…
Find Them: 1 Tower Place, The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 7BZ
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