BiteAugust2011:Layout 1 25/7/11 17:51 Page 18 18 Cocktails: Kraken Black Spiced Rum Put a beast in your belly – yo ho ho n line with this month’s seafaring theme a bottle of Kraken Black Spiced IRum was recently plonked on the editor’s desk. It is 94% rum from Trinidad and Tobago. A ‘Kraken’ is a legendry squid-like sea monster and the label, possible inspired by current trends in the spirits/cocktail drinks category, draws on Victorian illustrations recalling simultaneously a golden age of cocktails. The rum is very dark in colour to symbolise the ink with which the giant squid attacked its prey. It also has an extraordinarily complex nose. It eschews the golden caramel sweet flavours of other spiced rums in favour of ginger, liquorice, cloves, cinnamon and even dark cherries. It has a Caribbean heritage and so Mr Bite and I tried it in one of our favourite drinks. (S. Wilson) Dark ‘n’ Stormy Build the drink as follows: Place several chunks of ice in a nice highball glass Add a wedge and a squeeze of lime Add 2 ounces of rum Top up with 3 ounces of ginger ale Very simple but it always hits the spot.
BiteAugust2011:Layout 1 25/7/11 17:51 Page 19 Review: Roseleaf Bar Café Roseleaf revisited oseleaf planted itself into the RLeith fours years ago and is now firmly bedded in to the local community. Proprietors Jonny and Lynn have mixed quirky innovations with a nod to and respect for Leith’s heritage. Chintzy crockery, shabby chic décor and an extensive ‘something for everyone’ menu has attracted a genuinely mixed clientele. Cocktails in teapots, AKA ‘pot-tails’, and mad hatter tea parties were their budding USP's but Jonny and Lynn have not rested on their rosy laurels. Always conscientious regarding the quality and ethics of the food they serve, the new summer menu clearly demonstrates continuing energy and passion. My friend Lea and I started with two vintage glasses of pink lemonade, one rose and one raspberry, refreshing and pretty. Starters were holy mackerel pate (£4.50) for me and homecooked beef (£5) for Lea. My pâté was mixed with cream cheese and chives but was still predominantly firm and fishy; crunchy toast, a colourful well-dressed salad and lemon wedge completed the dish. Lea commented that her beef was “very tender, nicely marbled and well seasoned”. She like the horseradish foam served in a cup and the rustic homemade oatcakes were a dream. Mains courses were a summertime risotto (£6) for me and Lea chose the tasty tilapia (£7). My risotto was made with carnaroli rice which is a bigger grain than Arborio and it had a pleasingly sloppy consistency. I particularly liked the topping of lots of chard and the snowy, pure, fresh ricotta. A zing of lemon and some cherry tomatoes gave just the right balance of summery acidity to ensure I cleaned my plate. I pinched some tilapia which had been coated in pumpkin seeds and it was indeed tasty. It was served with potatoes, green beans and a pesto which Lea thought too heavy for this delicate freshwater fish. She thought Asian spices and flavours may have worked better. Onto desserts which were truly sublime. I had the cheek-puckering posset (£4) served in trademark flowery teacup. It was silky, citrusy, creamy and luscious and I promptly declared it my new favourite pud. I looked up to try Lea’s Prestonfield Parfait (£5) but it had disappeared, the greedy bunny! I’ll just have to return, (sigh), for the frozen white chocolate, which, apparently, had been expertly balanced by the tart rhubarb. We both had homemade shortbread which was neither too salty nor too sweet. Roseleaf truly excels in offering superb food and VERY competitive prices. Criteria for a Bib? (S. Wilson) Roseleaf Bar Café – 23/24 Sandport Place, Edinburgh EH6 6EW – 0131 476 5268 – www.roseleaf.co.uk 19