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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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Classic French-oriented cooking in the castle environs

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Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

The castle environs in Edinburgh are a desirable address by any stretch, and Dominic Jack's place on the opposite side of the Mound to Princes Street, on the ground floor of a four-storey Georgian terrace, fits its location to a tee. Designed in modern minimal style inside, with a striking outline image of the castle itself in royal blue on the wall, the place is sibling to The Kitchin in Leith, which is ample indication of the level of quality to expect. With a bundle of gold-standard French training under his belt, Jack cooks in recognisably classic style. Start with pané veal kidney, turnip purée and rosemary, or lightly curried Orkney scallops, as possible preludes to flawlessly timed monkfish tail parcelled in Ayrshire ham with peas à la française, while the sought-after Gartmorn Farm duck comes, for a small supplement, with seared foie gras, rhubarb and ginger. Desserts to tempt even the sternest abstainer include mascarpone-based apple cheesecake with caramelised sesame seeds and apple sorbet, or caramel soufflé with chocolate ganache and caramel ice cream. A trolley laden with French and British cheeses in prime condition is an exemplar of the genre. The surprise tasting menus offer a comprehensive insight into Dominic Jack's abilities.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 11–17 April, 18–24 July, 17–23 October, 23 December to 15 January
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.15
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10

Chef

  • Chef(s): Dominic Jack

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Scottish, French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 2
  • Wines over £30: 445
  • Wines by the glass: 30

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: £33
  • 3-course dinner from: £70
  • Tasting menu from: £80
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 75
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16
  • Off-site parking available: NCP Castle Terrace

Additional information

  • Seats: 75
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16

Getting here

Close to Edinburgh Castle, at the bottom of Lady Lawson Street on Castle Terrace

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Waverley
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