Monday 8 June 2015


The Magnum is a beautiful little place tucked on the corner of Albany Street in Edinburgh, just down from the busy thoroughfare of Princes St. Part restaurant and part bar, it's super cosy, feels suitably Scottish, but manages to find a happy balance and not be too twee or intimidating.

I've been here for drinks a few times before, but had never had the chance to try their food, so I was delighted to be invited along to sample the menu.

magnum edinburgh dining scallops black pudding
Scallops and black pudding
The Magnum works with local producers, so the menu changes daily to guarantee the freshest and finest Scottish dishes, served with a creative twist. To start, I couldn't resist the scallops and black pudding - the flavours worked really well together, and the scallops were melt-in-your-mouth perfect! 

The Magnum Edinburgh prosciutto
Crisp prosciutto salad
Joshua went for a crisp prosciutto salad that came with a savoury panna cotta (I wish I had written down the name of the dish, but the ever-changing menus means it's escaped my memory - bad blogger!). Had my starter not been so tasty, I'd have been pretty jealous of this - it was an unusual but super tasty take on a traditional dish. 

The Magnum Edinburgh lamb chops wild garlic
Lamp chops

For my main I had lamb - beautifully cooked chops with a wild garlic and pine nut crust, served with tarragon gnocchi and broccoli. I could happily eat this every night and not get sick of it, the lamb was tender and the gnocchi was totally moreish!

Josh had seared duck breast, which was served with mushrooms, shallots, broad beans and smoked bacon lardons - it was a fairly massive portion, which meant we were both happy to share!

The Magnum Edinburgh chocolate trio
Chocolate trio
By the end of the meal we were both stuffed with good food and good wine (The Magnum also has a pretty excellent wine list), but we had to try out the puddings to see if they lived up to the rest of the menu! 

Josh went for the plum tarte tatin, topped with clotted cream, and I tried to slog my way through the chocolate trio of crème brûlée, chocolate brownie and chocolate sorbet. My god. I was definitely defeated, but felt like I could die happy. 

The Magnum Edinburgh
The Magnum - book online here
Service was relaxed and friendly, and we spent a few happy hours here, sitting in the twinkling glow of the fairy lights that line each window. The food's also not as expensive as it looks - three courses cost between £25 - £35, which is super reasonable, given how good quality it is. 

If you're visiting Edinburgh, then this is the perfect place to try out some Scottish food that is traditional with a twist (plus they have haggis on the menu, if you really want to tick some Scottish boxes!). It also would be a perfect parent dining spot - fancy enough to impress, but kind on your wallet!

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