“Striking, modern cooking in an old warehouse” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's View
Located in a former warehouse just to the south of Edinburgh Castle, the premises are as dressed-down as it gets, with oversize red garage doors leading into a brick-walled space with bare wood floors and a south-facing, sun-trap yard. Herbs and edible flowers grow outside, while Scottish artisan breeders and foragers help to furnish a menu that deals in modern food that delivers strikingly on the palate. Menu descriptions are economically worded, but there's no doubt about the delights they signpost, whether you choose the three- or five-course lunch version, the pre-theatre, the four-course dinner, the pescatarian for vegetarians who eat fish, or the full vegetarian option. For a starter, torched fillet of mackerel comes with freshly grated horseradish, pickled daikon and parsley mayonnaise, followed perhaps by barbecued pork with swede, cabbage and kale, or sole roasted golden on the bone and napped with beurre blanc, alongside a bowl of creamed smoked potatoes with raisin purée and capers. Making an appearance on the fish menu might well be mackerel again, this time with cucumber and dill, and cod with courgette and coastal herbs, the two dishes separated by a plate of hen's egg with asparagus, hen of the woods and hemp. Committed vegetarians could head for the eight-courser, among which might be heritage tomato with lovage, sorrel and yoghurt; and barbecued leeks with ramsons, potato and smoked curd. Intriguing textural counterpoints distinguish a dessert of caramelised poached pear on fig-leaf ice cream with fig jam and crumbled hazelnuts. Expertly categorised not just by country, but by region, are artisanal wines from a wide slice of continental Europe, including all the obvious candidates, as well as varieties from Hungary, Slovenia, Switzerland and even Wales. All in all, it's not surprising that the knowledgeable staff give off a happy vibe and it's clear that they are proud to work here.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 65
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 5.30
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 15
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 11
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- 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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