I had read good things about the fine wines and adventurous dishes of The Fat Pony, from both Lunchquest and Jay Rayner. A new venture from David Ramsden, owner of excellent Edinburgh stalwart The Dogs, I was excited to try it firsthand with Caroline.
And so it was that on a cold Wednesday night I found myself surrounded by straight lines in stylish wood, enjoying a carafe of Petit Verdot to the soothing sound of Kurt Vile. The wine carried a whiff of smoky cherries, or, as Caroline remembers it, “jammy with a hint of licorice.” It was smooth and warming, with little acidity.
Alongside the wine we enjoyed several of the diverse and well executed small plates. (I love a small plate.) The sweet potato and ginger bao with julienne carrots and a dense satay was balanced in texture and taste, whilst the mackerel pate served with creamy beetroot slaw and homemade oatcakes was smooth and not too strong in flavour.
A selection of three cheeses, creamy, sharp and blue, came with black grapes and wafer thin apple slices. They made for a complementary selection, ideal for nibbling.
Surprisingly for me, the best dish was the tongue; its soft, delicately flavoured meat was offset with sweet gherkins, sharp wholegrain mustard and a firm, fantastically pink pickled quails egg.
In short, The Fat Pony is a delightful spot for a glass of wine, quick supper and a catch up, before the theatre, after work, or in between Christmas shopping. Relaxed vibes and top quality food and drink? Yes please.
47 Bread St
Edinburgh EH3 9AH