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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Intense flavours and fun from a true culinary genius

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Credit cards accepted

In case the name isn’t enough of a clue, Paul Kitching and Katie O'Brien’s sumptous 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, but the idiosyncratic side of things is revealed on the inside, with 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 touches like giant moths on the carpet; 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 quirky name derives from the 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 inspire and amaze. A complex starter layers gazpacho with various vegetables and wild rice with horseradish foam, then comes celeriac soup topped with red pepper foam, vegetables, tomato crisp and curried meringue. Scallops and truffles with ‘fake moss’ appear as a main course dish, or perhaps chicken and artichoke with garlic and smoked figs. Next up is cheese, before the finale, a creative confection involving ginger, coconut, apple, rice and sultanas.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks in January, 2 weeks in summer
  • Days closed: Sunday and Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.45
  • Dinner served from: 6.45
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Paul Kitching

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern French
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines over £30: 245
  • Wines by the glass: 7

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from: £28
  • 3-course lunch from: £32
  • 3-course dinner from: £70
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Steps for wheelchair: 6
  • Accessible toilets

Additional information

  • Seats: 36
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 10
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Getting here

Calton Hill, city centre.

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Waverley
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