Flavabomb Project Kitchen
Pop-up themed tasting menus courtesy of Liam McAlpine, upscaling his usual offerings in the Climbing Centre's Balcony Café
Liam McAlpine truly impresses, escorting his guests on a journey of culinary twists with curated flavours to lull you into a lusciously creamy delicate dream, while simultaneously stimulating a smoky state of excitement. This (roughly) monthly pop-up kitchen, set in an unusual venue of uplit climbing walls and candlelit tables, offers a five-course tasting menu where anything can happen. A Greek-inspired watermelon starter has a Scottish twist, substituting a more piquant crowdie for feta and tasty toasted malt in place of nuts. Accompanied by beetroot mint jus, a subtle popping candy surprise and a mix of confit and fresh tomatoes that add a crisp savoury taste to this sweet fresh dish – it’s indicative of the kitchen’s whole approach where a global outlook meets a local larder. Combinations of flavour and texture are meticulously chosen and placed with precision throughout the menu (carnivore or veggie/vegan versions available) that showcases Scottish produce. Not to mention the carefully considered sheer aesthetic of the dishes, creative strokes of colour, assigning each ingredient to their rightful position on the plate. There’s also a sense of mystery with the focus and theme changing for each event and key ingredients for each dish only revealed shortly beforehand. An unquestionably unique experience.
- Provides: Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Diners pick the playlist (within reason)
- Capacity: 50
- BYOB: No charge corkage