I wrote back in March 2016 about my passion to make St John’s Road more appealing. There is a HUGE demand for more variety and more places to go. Mimi’s Bakehouse started the trend and each time I go it is absolutely cram packed. This just proves that there is demand to get the vibe going on St John’s Road.
St John’s Road is the first main street that the airport bus drives through. It is very near the zoo, it is surrounded by houses and flats. It deserves a little more credit and those local businesses deserve more people. Things are improving, slowly but surely.
The Torfin is Corstorphine’s newest Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Bar. There has been a lot of chat about it, such as the fact they do a lovely expresso martini, great steak and unlimited tapas on a Tuesday night. HOLA! They had Matt Dunn playing live music over the weekend, who I hear from a reliable source is fantastic. Noted to go back when he is next on the scene.
I was delighted to be invited along to review their Taste of Spain event last week. The lovely and knowledgeable Chris Bain, from Alexander Wines was hosting the evening. I love a man that knows his wine. The team offer an incredible boutique wine selection and work with some of the finest restaurants in Edinburgh and Glasgow. In fact, they supply delicious wine at the newly launched BABA.
My friend Claire joined me and we were in for a treat, the wine was flowing freely and it all tasted delicious. Claire has recently had her 2nd baby, so a little time out the house for some pampering and TLC was just what the Dr ordered. Us local gals were delighted to be able to go a short £3 uber taxi trip round the corner. Had it been summer, I would have walked of course 🙂
The evening kicked off in style with the corks popping and ice cold fizz waiting on arrival. We then worked our way through a unique 5 course taster menu, with a range of traditional Spanish dishes.
We started with a traditional Spanish cured sobrasada sausage. I had never tried this before and really enjoyed it with the cirspy bruchetta and apple and sage chutney. I’m a pate/parfait girl so I viewed this starter as the Spanish equivalent.
The parma ham was brought to life with a good squeeze of lemon across this tasty homemade soup.
I love a palate cleanser so a refreshing orange sorbet with kumquat marmalade did the trick, washed down with a lovely sweet Spanish wine.
Next up was a comforting roasted rabbit (chicken was also an option) stew with chorizo and saffron and roast pardon peppers. Washed down with loads of rioja.
Rioja always makes me smile. Especially on a cold winter evening, in lovely surroundings with super chat.
The spoils continued with creme catalana served with homemade shortbread.
We were also invited to sample the cocktail menu. The expresso martini was delicious as were these strawberry cocktails that packed a punch. I’m not going to lie, I was close to dancing on the tables.
It felt so nice to be able to do something so different in our local area. Claire and I both thoroughly enjoyed our evening and would definitely recommend that you sample some of the themed events. They are planning to do a cheese and wine evening soon. Ryan, the owner of The Torfin has a restaurant in Spain, which is where the influence comes from. We can look forward to decking being put down in the new year.
So, as Mummy Jojo recently turned 2, I would love to continue with the spoils and offer another fab competition. Team Torfin are kindly offering a meal for two at Tapas Tuesday which shall include a jug of sangria. Share this post across Facebook, tag a friend you would bring and let us know your favourite tapas dish to be in for a chance of winning. The winner shall be announced this Sunday 19th of November. Good luck! #inittowinit