Last night I had the best dinner and I’m gonna tell you about it. I’ve been meaning to try out Six By Nico for ages – it is a restaurant that does a 6-course tasting menu along a theme that changes every 6 weeks. The concept of it all kind of remind me of like Heston Blumenthal programs when he would make nostalgic things out of fancy cheffy ingredients, for example they make a chippie feel like a boujie dinner. It’s just a little restaurant and obviously super cool so it is always busy, my advice is to book in advance to avoid disappointment. My parents came to visit at the weekend in honour of my 21st birthday so I thought now was the time to go for a jazzy dinner. For this trip, the theme was the Best of 2018, so I guess I circumvented all the themes that I missed last year and got to have the best of them all.
The 6 courses are on a set menu and you can also choose to add wine pairings to the courses (which Dad and I obvs did). They have a vegetarian menu too and if you want you can mix between the regular and veggie – like the picky shit I am. However no regrets, very glad with the substitutions I made. So here goes…
This first course was from The Chippie Edinburgh menu which is a Parmesan Espuma (foamy/creamy cheese) with Crisp Potato and Curry Oil. I chose the vegetarian option which switches out the parmesan for a Goats Cheese Espuma because I love me some Goats Cheese. Both are delicious but I loved mine more!
Next was Buffalo Chicken from the New York menu – deliciously tender Confit Chicken with Brocolli, Gorgonzola Royale, Pickled Celery and Buffalo Sauce. This was paired with the Recchia, Bianco di Custoza white wine. I cannot stress enough how luscious this course was – it had a bit of everything. The meaty chicken that just breaks away, the slight spice from the buffalo sauce, the creaminess from the cheese purée and the freshness from the vegetables. Banging.
We move on to the Sicily menu for some pasta – the main menu option is Pappardelle Ragu which is a lovely tomato-ey pasta dish with Ox Cheek ragu, saffron and parmesan. I went veggie on this one which came with a creamier sauce and a hazlenut ragu. The wine pairing here was Feudo Maccari, Nere Nero d’Avola, a medium red wine that worked really well with the meat and tomato of the main dish, but was a bit jarring with the creaminess of my dish. I think the wine matchings run into some issues when you substitute out, but that’s probably because the alternatives are from completely different menus in the Best Of, I assume normally the veggie option would be similar in taste to the main and so the wine would work.
The main menu then returns to The Chippie for a Cod Fish Supper which includes Shetland Cod, Beer Emulsion, Picked Mussels, Confit Fennel and Samphire. This was paired with a lovely sweet, sparkling Fruitiere Vinicole d’Arbois, Cremant du Jura NV Brut which contrasted with the saltiness of the seafood. I had a taste of this one and the fish and all the bits were lovely although I tried again and I still personally hate mussels. Seafood just isn’t necessarily my bag so instead I went vegetarian…
This is the Elote, which meant I got to have a go of the Mexico menu. It is a Sweetcorn Risotto with Feta and Pickled Red Pepper and it was bloody delicious. There is such a lovely mix of sweet, creamy and spiciness, each bite gives you a bit of a different flavour. The textures change so much too between the soft feta and the crunch of the wee fried corn kernels. I loved it a lot.
At this point I’m starting to feel quite full but we push on happily because everything tastes so good. The next course was the Duck, Duck, Goose from the Childhood 2.0 menu which features Roasted Duck Breast, a Duck Leg Cannelloni, Parsley and Root Veg Purée and Cripsy Queen Kale. This was so rich and lovely, each of the elements tasted so good alone and together and I particularly loved the cannelloni! This course was paired with a very full red, Cantina Goccia, Nodo, which softens right down when paired with the meat.
Finally we go back to New York for dessert, isn’t it gorgeous? Within this beautiful little apple is New York Cheesecake with a Tonka Bean Granola and Lemon Curd which was paired with the Thistly Cross Strawberry Cider. I was grateful for the tart apple and lemon as this was quite a sweet time. Cheesecake isn’t really a fave of mine but this was lovely.
And to top it all off the restaurant treated me to some birthday fizz! Even though I’m not sure how they knew it was my 21st (my parents swear they didn’t say). I loved this restaurant, it is so fun to have your meal be such an experience and everything tasted so good. I am glad to have tasted a variety of delicious dishes but I would love to come back and go through the journey of one of their themes. The nice thing about the restaurant is it is a bit fancy but it’s not so swanky that you feel uncomfortable in the environment as a normal human. It is such good value for money too, I would happily pay that again for the experience, food and wine! Can’t wait to go back again when I see what themes come next!
Six by Nico | 97 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DJ | www.sixbynico.co.uk/edinburgh/