Badger & Co has been on my to-visit list ever since it opened back in April, and a couple of weeks ago I finally got around to it when I was invited along to try out the lunch menu. You might be wondering where the name Badger & Co comes from? The name, along with lots of the decor, is inspired by The Wind in the Willows, as author Kenneth Grahame was born in the townhouse on Castle Street which has now been converted into a modern bar and restaurant.
What We Ate at Badger & Co
Badger & Co offer a daily-changing “Sett” lunch menu during the week which offers a great value deal as you can get 3 courses for just £13. The all-day a la carte menu is also available at lunch time, so we had plenty to choose from! The menu has a very Scottish feel, with lots of local produce and traditional dishes which have been given a modern twist.
To start, I opted for the bacon-wrapped scallops which were cooked perfectly. They came served in their shells, along with a sprinkling of scallop roe salsa and some cauliflower puree. Owen went for the homemade soup of the day, a spicy butternut squash and coconut concoction, which was nice and summery and perfect for lunch on a sunny day.
We then moved on to mains and I decided to try something from the grill menu – a whole Scrabster megrim sole which was marinated in chilli, lime and garlic and served with a side of chimichurri sauce. My only slight complaint is that I would have liked more of a chilli kick, but the fish was still flavoursome and cooked perfectly so it just flaked off the bone. I also had a little taste of Owen’s roast rack of Borders lamb and it was just as tasty. Again, this felt like a great summery dish as it came served with minted peas, parmesan polenta and rocket pesto to keep it light and fresh. Even after all that food (and a side of beef dripping chips to share – yum!) we still had room for dessert. We went for the Gala apple and caramel pie and the chocolate orange cheesecake with blood orange syrup. They were both delicious and finished off the meal nicely without leaving us feeling too stuffed full.
The Atmosphere at Badger & Co
As it’s located inside such a lovely townhouse, Badger & Co has quite a grand feel yet it still manages to be relaxed and welcoming. It seems like to sort of place where you’d feel equally at ease on a casual weekday lunchtime enjoying some food with friends, or on a Saturday night sipping cocktails before going out on the town. It’s in the perfect location for stopping by to refuel during a shopping trip or to nip out of the office for a team lunch – when we visited there was a good mix of office workers, tourists and locals enjoying lunch.
I loved the decor throughout the bar and restaurant as it managed to mix together traditional and modern styles really well. It was really bright and airy, especially with the sun streaming through the window and I loved all the quirky little badger prints on the walls. Badger & Co also has a nice little hidden beer garden downstairs which is definitely worth checking out if you fancy some al fresco drinking in Edinburgh city centre.
Worth a Visit?
Since visiting for my review, I’ve already been back to Badger & Co so I think the answer is definitely yes! I went along on Friday evening for some dinner and drinks with friends and it was just as good as the first time I visited – I opted for the pork belly this time and it was delicious. It gets busy in the evenings so it’s definitely worth booking a table, or stop by for a leisurely lunch during the week and treat yourself to something tasty.
Have you been along to Badger & Co yet?