Thursday, 28 May 2015

Spring in Edinburgh & Dinner at Howie's

Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh

Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh

Grassmarket Edinburgh

Howie's Restaurant, Victoria Street, Edinburgh

Fish and sweet potato at Howie's Edinburgh

Sticky toffee pudding at Howie's Edinburgh

Howie's Restaurant, Victoria Street, Edinburgh
Back when my family visited we went to Edinburgh on the day of my grandma's 70th birthday. We were incredibly lucky with the weather during the whole of their visit, and Edinburgh treated us with sunshine and 17 degrees. Naturally I got a bit snap happy as Edinburgh was looking beautiful in the sunshine. After a day spent wandering around, stopping occasionally for coffee, ice cream and beer, it was time for dinner to celebrate my grandma. I had booked us a table at Howie's on Victoria Street (silly me forgot to take a photo from the outside... sorry!). My mum and I were there for Christmas Eve dinner when we spent Christmas in Edinburgh a few years ago and both loved it. It's that perfect in between restaurant; not too fancy, yet still a little bit special. The atmosphere is very relaxed and homely, the staff are lovely, and the food is delicious. The focus lies on local and seasonal Scottish food, spruced up a bit with modern flavours. Unadventurous as we are, half of us opted for a beef stew, and half of us decided on the "catch of the day" - some kind of white fish (can't remember which...) with sweet potatoes, leeks and kale. Since I don't eat meat, I have no idea how the stew tasted, but those who chose it seemed content. I very rarely eat fish, but that was the dish that appealed to me most, and it didn't disappoint. Plus, I've got a soft spot for sweet potato. For dessert, I decided on a sticky toffee pudding, and so did quite a few of the others after I had expressed my love for that particular pudding. It was amazing. Together with a few glasses of wine, this was truly one of the best dinners I've had in a while, and I think we all left feeling very content.

When was the last time you went out for dinner?

Love, Mimmi.