Dining at the Tower is quite an event. To access this sleek, modern and stylish restaurant is by way of the imposing Museum of Scotland tower entrance ... More
Tower Restaurant and Terrace (The)
Dining at the Tower is quite an event. To access this sleek, modern and stylish restaurant is by way of the imposing Museum of Scotland tower entrance and a great glass elevator. First timers might take time adjusting to the opulent aura. High-standards abound, from the heavyweight cutlery to the level of service. Beyond the big-cheeses on the terrace side there are great views of Edinburgh Castle. On the opposite side, square port holes offer glimpses into the museum exhibits below. The menu offers British modern cuisine at its finest. Try game (venison, duck), dip into the crustacean section (lobster, Fife crab) or devour a grill (Angus beef); these are accompanied by simply cooked vegetables and inspired sauces. For something sweet, take pleasure in the blueberry cheesecake. The wine list is diverse (150 to choose from) and if you are feeling flush there are exclusive champagnes.
The food was really poor, the soup was really salty, fish was inedible as it was overcooked. We didn't bother to stay for a sweet, overall a waste of a good evening! I wish I had walked out without paying as it wasn't worth the extortionate amount they were charging!
The situation of The Tower is unquestionably brilliant. The extension to the world renown National Museum of Scotland is a piece of inspiring architecture and the much touted views from the top floor where this new gallery restaurant is placed indeed live up to their reputation. Unfortunately it is this reputation that The Tower is trading on and now a few years old I begin to wonder when the city will let this dream die.
Certainly the prices and venue lead you to expect this to be one of the top restaurants in the city, but there is a great deal of competition and I am afraid this restaurant suffers from the comparison. The service was acceptable, they were polite and efficient, but they lacked the discretion and efficiency of The Witchery or the charm of The Forth Floor. The food was lovely, however I am afraid lovely is just not enough in a venue of this calibre and similar is available for half the price at several places minutes away.
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