“Intense flavours and fun from a true culinary genius” - AA Inspector
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Staggered starting times of staff. Reduced staff numbers and limited menu. Offers for customers to get own food and clear tables to vacant table next to them if this would be preferable to having a member of staff at their table. All staff wearing PPE. Tables deep cleaned after use. Rooms deep cleaned between guests. Not entering rooms during stays.
Our Inspector's View
Paul Kitching and Katie O'Brien’s sumptuous restaurant with rooms is not one to follow the herd. The sandstone Georgian townhouse on Royal Terrace seems par for the course for a high-end joint, while inside there’s contemporary design and classic elegance combining in a true one-off operation. The four bedrooms have a glossy finish, and the swish restaurant works a dramatic look, mingling ornate plasterwork, curvaceous banquettes and quirky design; a glass partition lets you eyeball the open-to-view kitchen where Paul gives full rein to his off-the-wall culinary artistry. The place’s name derives from the weekly-changing five-course menu format: a choice of two starters, two mains and two desserts, punctuated by one soup course and a cheese course – that’s if you’re doing lunch - the line-up jumps to 31313 at dinner. Cryptic menu descriptions will need some elucidation from Katie, who orchestrates front-of-house with charm and efficiency, but you can expect creative and dynamic modern cooking in dishes that are unconventional and thought provoking. Main course ‘Silk Road’ is a fantastically complex yet subtle and harmonious dish based around confit trout. A reworking of the classic custard tart is a real ‘wow’ finale, with gravity-defying crisply-bruléed custard on lemon-infused barley and a mango purée – light, fresh, and perfectly-balanced.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 36
- Private dining available
- Steps for wheelchair: 6
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 1.45
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 12
- Cuisine style: Modern French
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most spectacular cities and both Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. At its heart, the Old Town is a treasury of architecture stretching back to medieval times with its labyrinth of narrow lanes (‘wynds’ or ‘closes’). While the New Town's splendid district of squares, crescents and gardens are surrounded by impressive Georgian town houses.
It isn’t just a magnificent, bustling city, it’s surrounded by countryside – offering visitors the best of both worlds. Dominated by hills and the sea, with the rolling Pentland Hills to the south and the broad expanse of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, it benefits from a rugged and varied landscape. So much so, the city has its own miniature mountain, Arthur’s Seat, which looms over the Old Town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dwarfing even Castle Rock and its crowning fortress, Edinburgh Castle.
A couple of miles east, Portobello is Edinburgh’s seaside area, with a long stretch of golden sand that attracts droves of city dwellers on sunny summer days.
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