Michael Neave is a very young (young!) and incredibly talented chef who made the bold move to open his eponymous restaurant in 2012. Young as in if he were in the US he would just barely be allowed to drink the whiskey he stocks behind the bar. But his sophisticated menu and delicious dishes could easily be mistaken for creations of someone twice (or triple) his age.
We were happy to sink into the low leather couches after a full day exploring the National Museum of Scotland. The boys brought along some activity books and Mr. C&G hung out at the bar discussing single malts with the very knowledgeable bartender. The cocktail menu is a bit shorter than the whiskey menu but there are plenty of tasty things to choose from. We ordered a few bar snacks to go with our cocktails (we skipped the haggis bon bons) and tried to come up with a plan for dinner.
As we descended the stairs into the dining room we all smiled at the boy in the kitchen who looked far too young to be in charge. Little C&G proved a bit of a challenge for our charming waitress when he found out there was no pasta in the kitchen. Strangely enough his other favorite food is smoked salmon and she was happy to offer him smoked salmon and focaccia toasts. Big C&G and I split the Aberdeen Angus steak (amazing) and they happily plated it on two full plates so we didn't have to duel with our sharp steak knives. Mr. C&G had a local venison with a whiskey sauce that he still talks about to this day.
We had an amazing and authentically Scottish meal at Michael Neave Kitchen & Whiskey Bar, and I know my foodie friend will appreciate the talents of this young chef. Now if I could just work out a way to accompany her and her family on their trip . . .