Wedding Meal Tasting at the Balmoral HotelA couple of weeks ago Stuart and I went for the tasting of the wedding meal at the Balmoral Hotel. At the tasting you get to taste your chosen meal and the wine just to make sure you are happy with it. Unfortunately the Balmoral only includes a tasting of one meal, not two, so if you are unsure of what to choose, or you want to make a night out of it, then you will need to pay for the second meal. In my opinion this is a wee bit stingy, given the amount of money we are spending there, but we decided to pay for a second meal so we could make a night out of it as well.
The meal was at Hadrian's and we choose to tast the soup/melon for starter, chicken/salmon for the main course plus apple pie and ice cream/banana parfait for the dessert.
The meal was absolutely delicious and the service was great. The soup on the menu had actually been Cream of Asparagus, but we felt that a lot of people didn't like asparagus so asked if we could change it. Instead we chose Tomato and Lentil, which was lovely and we decided to go for this as our starter instead of the melon and fruit, which was also nice, but not as good as the soup. For our main course we chose Chicken in red wine sauce served with mash and veg and for the dessert we decided on the apple tart with ice cream. A nice hearty Autumn menu.
What surprised me was that we were given two full bottles of wine. We hadn't expected this, since only one meal was included, but we managed to almost polish both of them off all the same, despite the fact that we had also drunk almost a whole bottle of red wine before leaving the house (argh!). The wine was also very good - an Italian Pinot Grigio and a Spanish Crianza.
After the meal we were given coffee/tea and enough chocolates and mini shortbreads for 6 people. I made a mental note to myself that I must not eat the full meal on the wedding day, otherwise I will have a risk of bursting out of my dress or at least being unable to breath properly!
Overall we are very happy with the food and I feel confident that the food and the service will be excellent on the day.
Labels: Edinburgh Wedding Venues