Taisteal: Our favourite restaurant in Edinburgh

If you came to see what was our favourite meal in Edinburgh, welcome! If you came because of Tuesday’s post, welcome back!

While in Edinburgh, we tried lots of food (specially seafood). Some of it was Instagram worthy, some of it we decided to have for ourselves (hey, we were celebrating our third anniversary, after all!) but the meal we had at Taisteal was too good to keep it to ourselves, so here I am sharing my favourite restaurant from all the places we visited. I do have to say that we were in Edinburgh for only two days so we didn’t get a chance to try many places, but I can tell you for sure that I wish I could visit Taisteal more often, because this lunch blew my mind (and palate), and their dishes were on a whole new level.

Taisteal literally means travel, journey, and that’s definitely what you can expect to experience with their menu. Every single dish is both captivating and exciting, and takes your palate on a world tour with all of the influences that chef Gordon mixes. We, of course, didn’t try everything, but our small taste of the menu was incredibly promising and kept me wanting more.

What is it that we had, you ask? Let’s dig in.

Venison pithivier, beetroot and pumpkin puree.

The dishes are presented beautifully.

If we want to talk about a great start, this would be the perfect example.

The venison was delightful and tender, seasoned perfectly, as one would expect from a Michelin-trained chef. The pithivier itself was delicious as well, flaky and with an amazing texture, and its savoury flavour was complemented by the sweetness of the pumpkin puree.

Soup of the day, butternut squash.

G decided to go for the soup of the day, which was incredibly nice and creamy. The mushroom pastry on top was the perfect addition and it gave the whole dish a twist in terms of flavour and texture. Thumbs up!

Roast pheasant and game cannelloni with Parisian gnocchi, wild mushrooms, sesame seeds and cassis jus

The mixture of colours and textures in every dish was marvellous.

This was my first time trying pheasant, but it was definitely love at first bite. The meat was tender, as with every dish we tried, but my favourite part was the mix of textures. The combination between the pheasant, the cannelloni, and then the crispy Parisian gnocchi was exquisite, and definitely the best part of this dish.

It may look like too much is going on just by reading what’s in it, but I promise it was all united to present a perfect balance in every possible way. By far one of my favourite dishes. Not only in Taisteal but in general.

Roast hake with squid ink risotto

G could not resist the risotto

G loves risotto, and because we both have an Italian background, we’ve tried a good amount of risottos so far. That being said, I think none of us had ever tried anything like this.

While squid ink dishes are not something completely revolutionary, the combination of flavours that the chef put together in this case is what makes this dish stand out from the rest. The savoury taste of the risotto paired with the roast hake was absolutely delicious presenting a twist from the Italian classic.

Matcha cheesecake

Beautiful presentation, as usual!

Then it was time for dessert.

Being completely honest with you, the matcha cheesecake wasn’t my favourite, and to this day I think I should have picked something else from the dessert menu.

The cheesecake itself was delicious and incredibly creamy, as cheesecakes should be, and the matcha flavour was strong but not too overpowering. The combo that the crumbles and the cheesecake created was definitely enjoyable, but you know I have a sweet tooth, and my body was craving a little bit more of sugar.

I think this dessert is perfect if you want to have a nice closure to your meal without it being too sweet, but if you’re like me, I’d consider something else from their dessert menu.

I.J. Mellis cheese selection

G, on the other hand, did listen to his heart and went for what he loves the most: cheese.

I tried some bits and pieces here and there (making the best use out of my puppy eyes!) and we both could agree that the cheese selection was perfect. It had a nice variety of flavours, going from bland cheeses to stronger ones, without making you feel like it’s too much. Definitely what he was expecting from it.


Overall, the place was beautiful and the menu was exciting. I’d love to pay them another visit and see what else they have to captivate me, because I’m sure it will be great. If you’re ever in Edinburgh, I’d strongly advise getting a reservation to eat here. The dining experience will be outstanding, to say the least, and you’ll find dishes and combinations that you’d never thought would work together, and I think that’s the beauty of it!


Since I’m ‘new’ to Manchester, I’m open to any suggestions on places that offer a similar experience in this beautiful city. If you have any recommendations or questions, send them my way! I’d love to give them a go. You can find me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat). And make sure to follow me for more foodventures (I’m always documenting fun events and experiences on my Instagram stories!).


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I hope you enjoyed this small taste of what we had in Edinburgh, because I sure loved sharing it with you. I hope to see you back next week. I promise I’m preparing something nice and tasty. But today we’re done.

Michelle’s out! 


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