I first heard of The Table back in mid April, when all the Avengers stars shared photos on instagram of them being there. I love visiting restaurants, where celebrities have visited. I looked into booking, but it was fully booked for the next 3 months. The Table website has a list of dates when the release the following months bookings and August was being released at 12 noon, on the 3rd of May. I knew it must get fully booked quick, as I still had another 2 weeks wait before I could book for August. I waited ready to book once it turned 12 noon. It asks you to pay while booking, I guess to make sure you show up 3 months later.
I read about it online 1 table, 2 chefs, 10 people. It has a BYOB corkage charge, meaning you could bring your own bottle. Am not really a drinker, unless everyone else is drinking so I planned to just have a juice. I booked for 2 people and my dad came along with me. I was a little nervous thinking what if the rest of the table is a group of 8 on a hen or stag party and we sat awkwardly at the table. Am that person that always thinks of the "what if ?".
Fast forward 3 months, we headed along to The Table. We headed down Dundas street looking for number "3a" stated on the website. Next door to number 3, there's a blue painted door and above the door is glass with the name "The Table". I walked in and the table was right there. I am the only person who imagined you walked in through a corridor, before entering the room ?. Everyone seemed in two's and a mix of different ages. The two seats at the top of the room were empty, so we headed to sit there. Everyone was popping opening their bottles, that's when I felt the odd one out and regretted not bringing a bottle. I clicked on google map to find the nearest shop, to see if I could run and buy drink. Tesco was showing 2 mins away, so I said to my dad I'll run to Tesco and buy drink. My dad replied, "you won't have time". I pointed at the door saying "look it's open". Then my dad said to the chef will she have time to run to the shop ? The chef replied "of course". My dad was driving, so I didn't want to be popping a bottle to myself so I opted for Malibu cans.
We sat looking onto the kitchen watching the chefs cook, chat and mingle with everyone at the table. My dad got talking to the couple beside us and it turned out he works with the sisters partner. Everyone seems to know someone one way or the other.
A Summer Jumper
Frogs Legs with Wild Mushrooms and Pesto
Golden Wonder Cheese and Onion
Isle of Mull Cheddar Ravioli with Onion Broth
No Plaice Like Covfefe
Steamed Plaice with Sheep's Yogurt and Summer Vegetables #COVFEFE
Rare-Breed Tamworth Pork with Melon and Ginger inspired by Tim Raue
Twistin' My Melon Man
Gorgonzola with Spanish Ham, Cantaloupe Melon, Black Olive and Sage Chocolate
Wether's Not So Original
Caramel powder inspired by Grant Achatz
Raspberrs with Hay and Chocolate
It's classed as a 7 course meal, but I do count 9.
For everyone that knows me, am a really fussy eater. I can eat meat if it's flavoured, but I can't eat any fish as I see it as alive at one point. Anything that looks like it was alive at one point, I can't eat it. Would you believe I ate the fish ?. Everyone's plate was empty after each course, so it shows how good a chef they are. I was most nervous about the caramel powder, but once you've got over the shock of the powder it's like eating chewy caramel.
When we got up to go, Sean the chef came forward and gave a little goody bag with The Table cocoa powder, a little chocolate brownie cake and the recipe.
It costs £70 per person, but worth every penny as you are paying for the experience. My only advice is check the date on the website, for the following months bookings and be ready at 12 noon to book. I've looked back a few hours after they released the follow month and it's fully booked.
Location : 3a Dundas street, Edinburgh