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AA Wine Award (Scotland) 2018-19
AA Notable Wine List 2018-19
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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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Striking, modern cooking in an old warehouse

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

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.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 1 week in April, October, 24–26 December, 1st week in January
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 5.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Ben Radford

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 15
  • Wines over £30: 330
  • Wines by the glass: 11

Price guide

  • Starter from: £7
  • Main course from £13
  • Dessert from: £5
  • Tasting menu from: £56
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 65
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 10
  • Off-site parking available: Castle Terrace NCP, On street

Getting here

From Princes Street, Lothian Road (A700) left onto Castle Terrace, right at roundabout, left onto Lady Lawson Street, restaurant on right.

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Nearest train station

Waverley, Haymarket
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