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3 Royal Terrace, EDINBURGH, EH7 5AB

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The classical exterior of this listed Georgian townhouse conceals a profusion of luxurious rooms. There's a sumptuously furnished first-floor drawing room for drinks, two private dining rooms, one with an image of Caravaggio's 'The Seven Works of Mercy', and four bedrooms as well as the restaurant, with its abundance of designer furnishings and elegantly set tables, ornate plasterwork and an open kitchen with the team fully on view. The name refers to the number of choices per course on the five-course lunch menu, with the number jumping up to 31313 at dinner. Paul Kitching is one of the most inventive chefs around, and eating here brings one delight and surprise after another. Dinner might open with oriental scallops with battered smoked haddock, the accompaniments of rhubarb, coriander, beetroot and ginger adding bursts of pungent and sweet flavours, followed by a vegetable soup in three layers: purée, then chunks, topped with foam, spicy popcorn and a brittle crisp. 'Pork pickle ploughman's' has appeared as the main event, delicate pork loin of staggering flavour with various styles and textures of ham, black pudding and crackling, crowned with a crisp of pickle, with a second plate of hot, crisp vegetables. A fish alternative could be halibut ratatouille with tuna mayo, spinach, caviar, pine nuts and feuillette. Next up is cheese, before the finale, perhaps the playfully described 'mustn't grumble, just a humble crumble': crumble topped with apples and pears, a couple of concentrated cherries and Drambuie-spiked custard, with a separate plate of whole and crushed brazil nuts and dried and fresh fruit.

Further information

Tel: 0131 523 1030
& 0845 222 1212 [7p]
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Open/closed

Days closed: Sun-Mon
Dates closed: 2 wks Jan, 2 wks summer

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern French
Chef: Paul Kitching
Number of seats: 36
Steps for wheelchair: 6
Disabled toilets.
Children's portions.
No children under 5 yrs.

 
 
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