New tasting menu offers a first for diners in the capital

One Square’s new tasting menu is the first tasting menu in the capital to be paired with Scottish beers and spirits

Published 23rd May 2018
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The menu has been created by head chef Craig Hart, and features locally sourced produce paired with Scottish beers and spirits.

We were lucky to try the menu as it launched, and find out more about the producers, produce and how the dishes are made, thanks to chef Craig's live cooking station.

Picture: the scallop dish from the new tasting menu, One Square

The development of the the tasting menu experience continues the restaurant's commitment to working closely with local suppliers and creating exciting, seasonal and modern Scottish cuisine for all to enjoy.

Highlights of the current menu include roasted hand dived Orkney scallop served with sweet cicely carrot pureé and puffed oats, paired alongside One Square Gin; as well as textures of Inverurie lamb, hazelnuts and capers, complemented by Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Finish Ale - a surprisingly sweet and moreish take on a traditional ale.

At £65 per person, Edinburgh foodies can also wash-down the innovative Strathdon blue trifle, served with walnut biscuit and Lochmanger grape chutney, which is paired with a 15 year-old Springbank Whisky.

Picture: the Strathdon blue trifle was a highlight of our meal, One Square

The Strathdon trifle was a highlight of the night for us, as the dish is light and tasty, with wonderfully balanced flavours and textures.

Head chef Craig Hart said: “We are very excited to be launching this exciting Tasting Menu which demonstrates our philosophy and passion for bringing people a true taste of Scotland.

“For this dining experience, we have worked very closely with our local partners to bring the best seasonal produce and create something different for our guests.

Picture: the restaurant's signature gin is used in the drinks pairings, One Square

“It’s also incredibly exciting to be the first restaurant to be pairing our tasting menu with Scottish beers and spirits, bringing a new dimension to our much anticipated menu for spring.”

The Tasting Menu is served Thursday, Friday and Saturday at One Square from 6pm until 9pm, and will change every season as the availability of local produce changes.

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To view the full menu and book, head to One Square’s website.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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