Recipes & Tasting Notes

We’re a passionate bunch at Monteiths with a real flavour for freshly prepared, locally sourced food alongside great cocktails. Our team have curated a selection of great food & drinks recipes for you to try at home. Hopefully these give you a taste of what we’re all about.

Food Recipes

  • Arbroath Smokies

    Arbroath Smokies are a delicacy found on many top restaurant’s menus and Monteiths, with its focus on contemporary Scottish cuisine, is no exception. We use them in our tasty risotto which receives rave reviews from diners and staff alike. A guest visiting from the USA rece...

  • Asparagus & Grimbister Cheese

    It’s always exciting when British Asparagus comes into season – this wonderfully versatile vegetable makes for a great ingredient and is the cornerstone of many classic dishes. One of the standout dishes on our new menu is Asparagus & Grimbister cheese. This simple c...

  • Chocolate Fudge Cake

    They say save the best for last, and that’s exactly the thinking behind Monteiths new dessert menu. Our naughty selection of decadent desserts has been a massive hit since we launched it with one recipe in particular proving irresistibly tempting. The chocolate fudge cake ...

  • Corned Beef

    Fans of television cookery programmes will have noticed the current trend for “back to basics”. Simple dishes from years gone by have been re-imagined and executed with flair and panache. The Monteiths kitchen team has been following this trend with interest and our n...

  • Lamb Rump

    Ever increasing in popularity, lamb rump is an amazingly tasty cut and an excellent alternative to more traditional beef dishes. As with all our produce at Monteiths we buy local and our lamb is no exception. Our meat suppliers Shaws are located just outside Edinburgh in Lauder n...

  • Pan Roasted Hake

    Tartare hollandaise & sea asparagus (serves 4) Ingredients 50g of shallots 50g of gherkins 50g Lilliput capers 200g of finely chopped chives 50g of tarragon juice of a whole lemon 8 x egg yolks 100ml x white wine vinegar 400ml x warm, clarified butter 250ml...

  • Salmon Tartare

    A stand out from our new Summer menu is without doubt the salmon tartare starter dish with spring onion, lime & arenkha. Here at Monteiths Edinburgh we pride ourself on serving quality Scottish food and we’re fortunate enough in Scotland we have an abundance of salmon. When...

  • Seared Scallops

    Scallops have long held luxurious connotations, in part due to their delicate taste and texture. The quality of scallops in Scottish waters is extremely high and all our seafood is from the West coast to ensure both freshness & quality. They are supremely light and for that reaso...

  • The Ultimate Burger

    During the Edinburgh Festival we’re open seven days a week for lunch and our special festival lunch menu has an undoubted star dish on it – our steak burger. The dish has been selling out on a daily basis and we thought it’s make a great addition to our online r...

  • Venison Saddle

    Venison refers to the meat of a deer, most commonly roe and red in Scotland & the UK. Classified as game, venison is a red meat, similar to beef but leaner and with a slightly richer taste. Due to this distinctive flavour and high protein content it is becoming increasingly more ...

  • Whole Lemon Sole

    Our new Spring menu has recently launched with the main menu consisting of some excellent seafood and meat dishes. For the next instalment of our Recipe Book we will focus on our Whole lemon sole dish with brown shrimp, seaweed and lemon butter. Lemon sole is a flatfish native to...

  • Wild Sea Bass With Roasted Squid Broth

    Sea Bass is a fantastic fish and the benefits of choosing wild fish over farmed are massive. At Monteiths we select wild British sea bass because it is so much more flavoursome with fantastic quality meat.  The only drawback of wild sea bass is that it expensive to buy – we...

Drinks Recipes

  • Ambarato Spritz

    Fantastic cocktails are at the heart of what we do here at Monteiths afterall delicious food requires delicious drinks. After months of hard work we recently changed our cocktail selection and we’re sure you’ll love our new creations. One of the stand outs is the Amba...

  • Belvedere Merry Metropolitan

    To toast the changing of the seasons our bar team have created a selection of luxury drinks. Our special cocktail menu will be available throughout the festive period and we’d recommend coming in to try it. To whet your appetite we’re revealing the secret to our Belve...

  • Espresso Martini

    The Espresso Martini is without doubt one of the most famous and recognisable cocktails around the world. However in cocktail terms, the Espresso Martini has a relatively short history dating back to the early 80’s, first created by bartender Dick Bradsel. According to Dick...

  • FIG & QUINCE OLD FASHIONED

    We recently hosted a dinner for a group of French visitors who were keen to enjoy a bespoke after dinner cocktail using whisky from one of our favourite Hebridean distilleries. Bruichladdich was the liquid to be used and our brief was to create a warming, wintry digestif which wo...

  • French 75

    Despite the World War raging in 1915, Paris was still a hotbed of glitz and glamour that produced many classic cocktail serves. The New York Bar was at the forefront of cocktail culture and is credted as the birthplace of the bloody mary, the side car and many more.  Perhaps the ...

  • Gardeners Margarita

    Although credited with creating it, it’s debatable if Mexico really did invent this classic cocktail. The truth is no-one really knows. The first mention of a Margarita cocktail is in the December 1953 issue of Esquire magazine & the recipe only called for 30ml of tequila, ...

  • Georgia Mint Julep

    The mint julep cocktail is a classic and normally associated with the American South, in particular the Kentucky Derby. Traditionally, mint juleps were often served in silver or pewter cups, and held only by the bottom and top edges of the cup. This allows frost to form on the o...

  • Hot Buttered Rum

    Although the worst of winter is over there is still a distinct chill in the air. The bar team at Monteiths have been keeping our customers warm over the last few weeks with this variation on a punch serve which dates from the late 19th century. Our Hot Buttered Rum is made with S...

  • If you like Pina Colada...

    Our contemporary take on cocktails isn’t just limited to drinks of a Scottish origin. Over the past few months we’ve been working on a new cocktail list which will feature drinks from across the globe. One of the most far flung drinks on the new list hails all the way...

  • Japanese Whisky

    As you’d expect from a bar located squarely on the Royal Mile and specialising in ‘contemporary Scottish’ we sell whisky, and lots of it. One trend that we’ve noticed in recent years is the rise in popularity of Japanese whisky. In years gone by we’d...

  • Negroni Sgroppino

    With the Edinburgh Fringe Festival well underway August is the Summer season to celebrate. To help with the festivities we are delighted to launch a new cocktail menu which is filled with delicious creations courtesy of our cocktail passionate bar team. For now we will focus on ...

  • Nice Ice

    A lot of amateur cocktail enthusiasts ask us what the single most important element in their drink is and they always get a shock when we give them the answer – ICE. Indeed, cocktails as we know them wouldn’t exist as we know them today without the humble ice cube. ...

  • Penicillin: By Sam Ross @ Milk & Honey NYC

    We’ve been working on the new Monteiths cocktail list over the past few weeks. It’s a real challenge creating an entirely new cocktail list and getting the right blend of innovative new flavours and classic drinks. It’s always sad to bid farewell to our cocktail...

  • Rob Roy - The Scottish Manhattan

    Grant Neave Monteiths head bartender Grant Neave has a service-led drinks philosophy and prides himself on putting the customer’s experience first. He’s hard at work designing a new cocktail list for the bar which showcases classic drinks alongside modern bartending ...

  • Ruby Martini

    The martini cocktail is one of the most popular classic cocktails and not just James Bond\'s favourite drink. Due to it\'s diveristy of the spirit that can be used, method in which it\'s made and desired flavour & finish it\'s a simple cocktail enjoyed in various ways. This flexi...

  • Sailor Jerry Hot Buttered Rum No 2

    Last year we shared our recipe for Hot Buttered Rum - this season we\'ve updated it to pack even more of a punch. Although it’s been an unusually mild October we’re bracing ourselves for “the coldest winter in 100 years” if the newspapers are to be believe...

  • The Artists Special

    If you’ve swung by Monteiths over the month of August and enjoyed our festival lunch menu, there’s a good chance you’ve had one of our Artists Special Monkey Shoulder cocktails. This art deco inspired sipper was created in the 1920’s at The Artist’s ...

  • The Casanova Daisy

    Monteiths is a popular venue for romantics, we’ve seen our fair share of first dates and red roses – to cement our position as a haunt for lovers, our bar team have created a delicious cocktail that’s brimming with passion.Using the world’s first ever prem...

  • The Delicious Sour

    The new Monteiths cocktail list launched today and we’ve delved into the history books for a couple of our new drinks. One of the oldest drinks on our list is the “Delicious Sour” which first appeared in William Schmidt’s book – ‘The Flowing Bo...

  • The Flying Dutchman

    We recently hosted the team from Bols Genever for an evening of cocktails and dining. To ensure their big night was a success our bar team created a special aperitif cocktail using Bols Genever. Genever is a real bartender’s spirit – originally created in Holland in ...

  • The Perfect Coffee

    We are coffee fanatics at Monteiths and have spent lots of time testing beans from many different suppliers in order to ensure that our java is jumping. The best selling coffee in Monteiths at present is a flat white, although many customers ask exactly how to make one.We got the...

  • Woodford Fig Sour

    We’ve just launched our range of festive cocktails at Monteiths. These seductive sippers have been designed with the festive period in mind and showcase a range of autumnal flavours that we think you’ll love. The menu is available until the end of January. Read on for...

Tasting Notes

  • Altos de Corral Rioja 2005

    This is a classic Rioja in every sense. Made exclusively from Tempranillo sourced from a superb, ten hectare vineyard that lies on a prominent hillside which overlooks the beautiful medieval town of Navarrete, this is an absolute must for lovers of Rioja. Don Jacobo’s grega...

  • Caves Road Classic Road

    Our wine list is now available and we’re sure you’ll love our new selection. After months of research & tasting wines from across the world we identified what we felt would improve our list and more importantly what you, our customers would like. One of the new additi...

  • Dark Island Reserve

    Last week we published tasting notes for Orkney Brewery’s “Dark Island” beer – the article had a really positive response and we’ve had lots of interested drinkers trying it. If you liked the sound of “Dark Island”, wait until you hear ab...

  • Fiorebella, Rosso Del Veneto

    Our new wine list recently launched and we’re delighted with the new selection. The bar here at Monteiths, Edinburgh has gained an excellent reputation for exceptional cocktails, craft beers, wines from around the world and so we love the challenge of maintaining these high...

  • Glenfiddich 15 Year Old

    OK, so this isn’t so much a recipe as a recommendation. Over the month of August we see a massive increase in sales of Single Malt Scotch Whisky and most of the festival-going public like a bit of advice about which malt to try. Of course our recommendations vary depending...

  • Hennessey Fine De Cognac

    We absolutely love cognac, French brandy is a great addition to any bar and at Monteiths we’re lucky enough to work with a selection of amazing products. While most bartenders will instinctively reach for the expensive cognac when asked talk about one (Louis XIII for hundre...

  • Hibiki Japanese Harmony

    Scotland may be the home of whisky however there are many other countries around the word who are producing fantastic whiskies after taking inspiration from it’s place of birth. One of these countries is Japan and in particular Suntory whisky. Their story begins back in 19...

  • Highland Park 18yr old

    A superb 18 year old from the Highland Park distillery and a winner of a Gold Medal at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Introduced to the Highland Park portfolio in 1997. Gentle peat, soft toffee, floral notes, and honey on the beautifully fragrant nose. Superbl...

  • Orkney Brewery Dark Island

    We’re proud to introduce the latest addition to our back bar – Orkney Dark Island, a craft Scottish beer produced in small batches. This sumptuous beer is brewed in Orkney with traditional values and a slower pace of life in mind - characteristics which the makers bel...

  • Pegasus Bay Riesling

    Riesling traditionally divides opinion when it comes to wine tasting. Many love its fragrant nose and varied flavour profile however some people are still put off by associations with saccharine sweet wines bearing the name. Well, we’ve tasted a few great varieties over the...

  • The Balvenie

    We debated long and hard whether or not to feature The Balvenie in our recipe book –on the one hand making a cocktail with this fantastic liquid seems sacrilegious but on the other, we wanted to let everyone know what a great drink it is.The fact that you’re reading t...

  • The Chocolate Block

    If you like your red wine to pack a punch, then look no further than “The Chocolate Block” from renowned South African winemakers Boekenhoutskloof. This blended red has developed a cult following thanks to its unique flavour profile and the Western Cape’s Medite...

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