“Eclectic cooking and elevated views” - 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
Enjoying a lofty position on cobbled Royal Terrace, views from 21212 stretch across Edinburgh and the Forth towards Fife. This Georgian townhouse has been painstakingly transformed into the stylish restaurant with rooms it is today. The restaurant and kitchen occupy the ground and first floors with quality decor, striking artwork and booth seating. Ultra-modern cooking and flavour combinations that are eclectic and often challenging make for a though-provoking dining experience. A starter of ‘cheesy barley pudding’ with panko and Taleggio is a wonderful combination of flavours and textures showcasing sound technical skills. An accurately timed piece of halibut is cooked with thyme and a soy dressing, the freshness of the fish shining through. Lemon meringue ‘bombe’ and coconut has the right hit of lemon acidity contrasted by the buttery snap of the shortbread base and creamy lemon curd sauce. The interesting global wine list offers plenty of choice.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
Gluten free menu
- Seats: 36
- Private dining available
- Steps for wheelchair: 6
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 2 weeks January, 2 weeks September
- Wines over £30: 245
- 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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