We are with Rufus & Lani in Stockbridge – a smart area of Edinburgh – and we are about to have lunch at Hamilton’s Bar & Kitchen. It is a lively place, with people of all ages, some having brunch, some having lunch, others seemingly just here for a drink with friends.
Rufus orders a pint of Joker IPA from the Williams Bros. Brewing Company – a golden pale ale with fruity notes. Lani has a glass of Tenuta del Porconero Aglianico, a spicy organic Italian red. Rock and I try two different beers from Tempest Brewing Company – a Pale Armadillo and a Long White Cloud – the Armadillo is a lovely IPA with citrus notes, the Cloud is light and refreshing. Lunch has started very well indeed!
The menu here appears to have something for everybody and there are some original touches. I choose the kale, halloumi & zucchini croquettes with lebanese potatoes, roast red peppers, rose harissa and blood orange hollandaise. Beautiful and interesting flavours. Rufus is having the Serrano ham with fresh fig, boilie goat’s cheese, heirloom tomatoes & sherry vinegar.
The red lentil, coriander & butterbean hash browns with two poached eggs & honey arrive for Rock. It’s always great when the kitchen knows how to poach an egg properly and the hash browns are a perfect accompaniment. Lani is having the corn chips with cheddar, jalapenos, avocado, tomato salsa & sour cream. It’s a slightly sexier version of Nachos than you get in most places.
Hamiltons has a great buzzy atmosphere. The service is pretty good, the food is very good and the drinks are fabulous. All in all – lunch has been a delightful experience!