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Friday, 1 April 2011

Valvona and Crolla, Vin Caffe, Edinburgh

Today Mr Farmer and I went to Edinburgh with my friend Avril whose birthday was today.  You can find out why we were in Edinburgh on my other blog Serial Crafter but the foodie part of the story has to be told here!

Here are Avril and Brian (Mr Farmer) at Valvona and Crolla's Vin Caffe where we had our lunch.

 
Foccacia

Hummus with Crostini

We started with a selection of  Stuzzichini, we had the olives in a chilli mariade, foccacia and hummus with crostini.  The hummus was particularly good and had nice texture.


For my main course I decided, that after watching the Great British Food Revival programme about how we were not eating British Crab, I decided to have the LINGUINE CON GRANCHIO Pasta tossed with Crab meat lightly cooked with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, chilli and parsley.


It was a lovely plateful of food, really tasty crab and the portion size was just right.


Mr Farmer chose the  PESCE ARROSTO Fresh fillet of seabass panfried with extra virgin olive oil, white wine, garlic and fresh basil, served with wilted spinach and roast cherry tomatoes.  Being the good farmer that he is, he insisted on an accompaniment of potatoes!

PATATE ARROSTO Diced roast potatoes sautéed with extra virgin olive oil, seasoned with Maldon sea salt

 Avril chose TAGLIERINI CON SALMONE Campofilone egg pasta served with James Dickson’s Oak Smoked salmon and cream sauce


We all enjoyed our food and a glass of the house white, and other than there being no-one to greet us as we entered the restaurant, the service was good.  The ambience in the upstairs restaurant was relaxed, with a mixture of business people and shoppers taking time over their meal.  I would certainly return to eat there again for an informal but special lunch.

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6 Comments:

At 1 April 2011 at 22:17 , Blogger Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

Mmmm looks great. I love Valvona and Crolla whenever I go to Edinburgh - it is always lovely.
Now away to your other blog to nosey at why you were there!

 
At 2 April 2011 at 09:02 , Anonymous Corina said...

Those dishes look heavenly. My sister lives in Edinburgh so I'll be asking her if she's tried this place.

 
At 2 April 2011 at 10:05 , Blogger Angelnorth said...

Mmmm, why do I feel hungry when it's only just gone 10 in the morning?! Brian's sea bass looks divine!

 
At 2 April 2011 at 10:18 , Blogger Chele said...

I've had the same dish as Mr Farmer there before and it is to die for ... especially with the potatoes ;0)
Looks like a great day out was had by all.

 
At 3 April 2011 at 10:25 , OpenID hampshirecook said...

Was just waxing to my hub this week about Valvona and Crolla's deli so "deli"ghted to see your post, I used to live round the corner from there when I was a student in Edinburgh, and I spent far too much of my grant (them were the days!) on lovely ham and olives. Talk about mixied up priorities...

 
At 3 April 2011 at 20:36 , Blogger Traceyr said...

That all looks delicious Janice. :)

 

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