Tucked away in sleepy Marchmont, Sweet Melinda’s is quietly cooking up the tastiest fish dishes I’ve had for a long time. This small restaurant is very unassuming. Slip in quietly so as not to disturb the other diners – it’s very quiet, a little bit too quiet. Phone on silent quiet. The decor is lovely and simple, and the one waiter glides about quietly, all preventing distraction from the sublime dishes, prepared using the freshest fish from Eddie’s fish market next door (also well worth a visit!).
Starter of Thai Fishcakes were well textured and perfectly balanced coley, chives and chillis. The colours were beautiful and brought all the sunshine of the Far East to my plate in this cosy restaurant on a windy winter’s eve.
The main was Lemon Sole with a smoked salmon and chive risotto. Light, melty deliciousness. The fish was incredibly fresh and cooked beautifully. Warm, comforting risotto helped add a little needed stodge.
Perfectly satisfied I obviously needed to disrupt the balance and ordered a sticky toffee pudding. Wow. I know sticky toffee pudding rarely fails but this was sublime. Warm date and walnut with a smooth treacle custard. So rich – the straw that breaks the camels back but it was worth it.
Perhaps the atmosphere could have been a little more upbeat. Louder music? A little more hustle and bustle? But the food speaks loudly enough. SH wasn’t overly enthusiastic about the selection of mains on offer. I think you’re best sticking with the fish dishes, as this is what they do so well – their bread and butter.