From the sure thing to the next big thing, not forgetting the bang up brunch. Let our guide be your guide to the best nosh in Scotland’s capital.
The Sure Thing
The long-established Witchery at the Castle is the perfect dining option when you need a sure-fire winner that will wow everyone. It’s impossible not to succumb to the deeply atmospheric power of the candle lit oak panelled dining room. Foodwise expect seriously accomplished treatment of the best Scottish produce, seafood, beef, lamb and game – a national treasure.
More info: 0131 225 5613, website: thewitchery.com
The Big Treat
Paul Kitching’s 21212 is a showstopper restaurant. Starting with the glamorous interior this is an experience from beginning to end. Awarded a Michelin star within a year of opening 21212 is an ebullient and refreshing addition to the Edinburgh restaurant scene. The menu demands engagement, and might at first appear baffling but the effort is worth it. Wonderful surprising food.
More info: 0131 523 1030, website: 21212restaurant.co.uk
The Next Big Thing
Ciritcs and early-adopting food types have been giddy with excitement since Norn opened in May 2016. Chef Scott Smith’s (ex-Peat Inn, Fife) commitment to, and reinterpretation of, Scottish produce is reminiscent of the current wave of Nordic food philosophy. But totally accessible, without any bewildering descriptions or moments that require bravery in the face of the plate. Each ingredient is of obesessionaly high, seasonal quality. Go now before it’s showered with stars and you can’t afford it.
More info: 0131 629 2525, website: nornrestaurant.com
A Night Out with Chums
If you’re after a night out with chums, somewhere interesting and buzzy without being overly fancy then head for The Educated Flea. It’s the same folks as the Apiary and the 3 Birds so expect food and flavours from around the world to appear on your plate in unexpected ways. Very affordable and lots of fun.
More info: 0131 556 8092, website: educatedflea.co.uk
The Bang Up Brunch
Brunch is quite possibly the most decadent of all meals. It hints at having had such a wild night before that you couldn’t get up for breakfast and that you have a vast acreage of free time in which to sit idly with a large pile of papers, picking at pastries and supping from a coffee cup big enough to swim in. In such fortunate circumstances go to Soderberg Pavilion. A wonderful Swedish bakery where the Kanellbulle (cinnamon buns) and Kardamummabulle (cardamom buns) have done for brunch what Ikea did for our homes.
More info: 0131 228 1905, website: http://www.soderberg.uk/
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