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January 11, 2017
Sign is up at Taisteal. Doors open tomorrow.
Sign is up at Taisteal. Doors open tomorrow.

Bit breezy out there, eh?

One strong gust and this 5pm Dining blog contributor lost half his carefully curated facial fuzz.

Happily, we can all seek out a little cosy comfort and shelter at Taisteal when this new Stockbridge restaurant opens its doors to the public tomorrow.

Formerly the Field Grill House on Raeburn Place, Taisteal is named after the Gaelic for travel or journey.

Much of the menu is based on the travels of Chef Patron Gordon Craig, a man with more air miles than most.

As well as travelling extensively, Chef Craig has also done time at some pretty prestigious establishments including the Waterside Inn and Peat Inn.

The ambition for Taisteal is to combine the experience picked up in those Michelin-starred restaurants with the flavours he encountered during his travels and present it all in a faff-free setting.

Global flavours

So what does this mean on the plate?

From the sample menus on the restaurant site, it all looks fun. This scribbler would happily tuck into a la carte starters such as the goat’s cheese and beetroot cannelloni with apple and truffled honey or the sweet and sour sweetbreads.

We have a bit of a thing for Asian flavours so main courses like the maple and five spice Gressingham duck breast with grilled pak choi, edamame beans and shitake samosa strike a chord around these parts.

Three courses on the a la carte menu will come in at about £30 a head.

Market menu offer

There is also a market menu which would make a great introduction to Taisteal.

The restaurant has joined the 5pm Dining family and you can book in for two courses and coffee from the market menu for £12.

Bon voyage.