Ethical eating - and wild boar burgers - in Scotland
Where? 2b Jamaica Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HH
(0131 476 5333, www.theiglu.com)
Mood? Modern and understated – just what you would expect from a self-styled ethical-eatery-cum-gastropub
Why go? Iglu aims to ‘lead the way for more sustainable and ecologically sound ways of eating’ and succeeds in doing so with not a mung bean in sight. The pheasant and sun-dried tomato linquine or scallops with creamy sweet yam mash and vanilla pod butter are testament to that.
To eat? There is a vast array of organic soups, salads, platters and breads to start with, but the oak-smoked red-legged partridge with peach chutney is the one to go for (£5.95). Follow that with the truly special wild boar burger (£7.95) – the house specialty. Polish it all off with chestnut-liquor-poached organic pears (£4.50).*
To drink? The liquor is supplied by Demijohn, who specialise in homemade fruit-infused whiskies, vodkas, gins and rums, producing such delights as Damson Gin and Apricot Brandy (£3.95). There is also a lengthy selection of reasonably priced wines supplied by local gurus, Inverarity Vaults.*
Need to know? Free from nasties, the meat from ‘happy and healthy animals’ is rich in protein and low in fat. The shellfish comes from the west-coast village of Stromeferry, the wild venison from a conservational estate in the area and the wild boar sourced form a reforestation project in Glen Affric.
* Prices correct as of May 2007.