THE recently renovated Stac Polly is fresh and warm with a few lovely touches.
From a simple but diverse menu we decided to start with a sharing platter of mixed olives, chilli marinated feta cheese, hummus and crusty bread (£5.95). The feta, heavily coated with olive oil interspersed with chunks of chilli, was the unexpected favourite and a welcome addition to a classic dish.
Our only change would be to the bread which was not a traditional crusty French loaf and was a bit lacking in flavour.
The menu is split into meat, fish and vegetarian options for the mains and has a broad selection of choice over a few options in each. I chose the wild boar, honey and mustard sausage with champ (mash) and game jus (£9.95). This came beautifully presented with a touch of colour added by the broccoli and smooth mash. The sausages were bursting with flavour and had just the right kick of mustard. I chose a glass of Spanish Rioja (£5.95) from a concise, if slightly pricey, wine list.
My friend chose the tartar of Scottish salmon (£7.95). This came in a small tower with decent chunks of salmon interspersed with shallots and drizzled in lime juice. The baby capers and mixed salad on the side were a perfect complement to a delicious light lunch.
To finish we had espressos (£2.50 each) and a dark chocolate ganache with strawberry sherbet ice cream (£4.95). The ganache was thick and creamy, off-set by the fresh fruity ice cream.
Stac Polly is fantastic for a working lunch with an appetising menu, reasonable prices and portions enough to fill you up but not leave you craving an afternoon nap.
• Stac Polly, 29-33 Dublin Street, 0131-556 2231, www.stacpolly.com