Edinburgh is internationally renowned for its excellent culinary offerings and has more restaurants per head than any other UK city. There are a number of new eateries that have recently opened or are opening soon in the New Town, offering both first-time and returning Edinburgh Hideaways guests something different to try.
South St Andrews Square, located only a short walking distance from both our Hanover Hideaway and The St James’ Residence, is currently undergoing a £75 million development project to make the area a top destination in the city for diverse dining. The square will soon host New York contemporary steak house STK Rebel and the barbecue and lobster shack Big Easy alongside the recently-opened Bombay-style café Dishoom, providing the first UK branches of these popular restaurants outside London.
Other new eateries, just a stroll away from our two central apartments, include top Scottish restaurant The Printing Press Bar and Kitchen (George Street), popular Mexican chain Wahaca (South St Andrews Street), Rollo (Broughton Street), Belted Burgers (Frederick Street) and Home (Queensferry Street). Read on to find out more about these additions to Edinburgh’s vibrant dining scene, which all come recommended by Edinburgh Hideaways.
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Dishoom, 3 St Andrews Square
Inspired by the old Irani cafés of Bombay, which welcomed people from all walks of life, Dishoom is an exciting new eaterie on the Edinburgh restaurant scene. Its London branch has won a number of awards, including being voted ‘Best Restaurant in the UK’ in 2015 and 2016 by Yelp! users, and the Edinburgh restaurant has thus far produced food to the same high standard at reasonable prices. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon chai, dinner and tipples are served throughout the day, 7 days a week, and extensive dairy-free and gluten-free menus are also included. Start your day with the restaurant’s signature Bacon Naan Roll (smoked streaky bacon drizzled with cream cheese, chilli tomato jam and fresh herbs, wrapped in a freshly baked naan from the tandoor oven) or a Big Bombay (a plate of peppery pork sausages, smoked streaky bacon, masala baked beans, grilled mushroom, tomato and buttered pau buns). Stay for a light lunch and try a Salad Plate such as the Chicken and Pomegranate (a jumble of pulled chicken thigh meat marinated overnight in garlic, ginger, coriander and a dash of cream, accompanied by Dishoom Slaw) or a couple of Small Plates, such as the Dishoom Calamari or Keema Pau (spiced minced lamb and peas with a toasted, buttered pau bun). If you still have room for pudding, try ‘Kulfi on a Stick’ (traditional Indian ice-cream available in flavours of mango, pistachio or original with a hint of caramel) or the Pineapple and Black Pepper Crumble, served warm with custard on the side. Washed down with a cup of chai (the spiced milky tea that is India’s national drink) or a tipple such as an East India Gimlet, a Bollybellini, or Dishoom’s own IPA, a visit to this restaurant promises to be both a unique and top-class experience.
The Printing Press Bar and Kitchen, 21-25 George Street
This contemporary Scottish restaurant adds much to Edinburgh’s rich literary heritage. The building was home in the 1780s to the acclaimed novelist Susan Ferrier (an equal to Jane Austen, in Sir Walter Scott’s opinion) and later in 1840 to a John Oliphant, both of whose descendants later founded one of Scotland’s most prestigious publishing houses. Award-winning interior architects have restored this listed Georgian townhouse, creating an elegant dining experience. Head chef Colin Fleming, who has worked alongside both Nick Nairn and Martin Wishart during his 17–year career on the Scottish restaurant scene, aims to create world-class, seasonal dishes using local produce. Dishes on the all-day menu include starters such as Loch Fyne smoked salmon; oysters with red wine vinegar and shallots; smoked haggis with neeps and crispy potatoes; and spiced pumpkin soup with coconut and lime. The Josper Grill offers 28-day aged, grass-fed Tweed Valley Scotch beef alongside other tantalising mains such as roast monkfish with parsnip purée, baby onions and chorizo jam; traditional options like the ale-battered fish, chips and mushy peas; and vegetarian options such as herb gnocchi with roasted sprouts, pear and walnut. Desserts include chocolate crème brûlée with sour cherries; salted black treacle tart with clotted cream; and bramble cheesecake with bramble compote. Breakfast options, afternoon tea, bar food (served until 1am) and a variety of alcohol, including cocktails, are also on offer.
Wahaca, 16 South St Andrew Street
Co-founded by former Masterchef winner Thomasina ‘Tommi’ Miers, Wahaca serves tasty Mexican street food and cocktails in a diner setting. Having lived in Mexico and explored the cuisine, Tommi was inspired by the vibrancy and freshness of market food, aiming to recreate these flavours using ingredients that have been locally sourced or transported with care for the environment. Highlights of the menu include ‘nibbles’ like chorizo-topped frijoles (creamy twice-cooked black beans) or freshly made guacamole with lime juice, coriander and avocados; small ‘street food’ plates for sharing such as crispy prawn tacos, sweet potato and feta taquitos; or smoky chipotle chicken quesadillas; bigger plates for one such as slow-cooked pork burritos, served with pink pickled onions or the grilled cod fillet with guajillo and parsley pesto, served with green rice and salad; and desserts such as mango or passion fruit sorbet, chocolate churros or vanilla ice cream with toasted pumpkin seeds and a special caramel sauce. There are also plenty of drinks to keep diners refreshed, including a variety of tequilas, mezcals, cocktails, mocktails, wines, beers and soft drink options. A children’s menu which offers ‘build your own tacos’, quesadilla sandwiches, drinks and different ice cream flavours keeps this restaurant family-friendly too.
Rollo, 14 Broughton Street
This intimate boutique wine bar and restaurant on Broughton Street, open since June 2016 to join its popular sister venture in Stockbridge, is a family business owned by architect George Rollo, sculptor Alison Rollo and daughter Ailsa, a fashion designer. The Rollos aim to make their restaurant ‘your home away from home’ with their varied wine list and tapas-inspired plates, bites and bowls. They regularly change their menu, which has been described as international cuisine with a casual elegance that appeals to a wide customer base. On the current menu, ‘bites’ include starters such as chilli and lemon marinated olives, panko crumbed aubergine batons and crispy haggis bon bons with whisky marmalade. ‘Bowls’ include king prawns with coriander and a spicy thai green coconut sauce; grilled halloumi with pomegranate, tabouli, cashew, pumpkin seed and rocket; and slow roasted lamb salad with feta, mint, roasted red pepper, rocket and lemon dressing. Also on the menu are ‘plates’ such as the pan-seared beef fillet, from award-winning Stockbridge butcher George Bower, served with rocket, parmesan and basil oil; crumbed duck breast with crackling, red apple, celery, fennel and a blood-orange glaze; and crispy pork belly with salsa verde. The dessert menu offers treats such as citrus lemon tart with clotted cream ice-cream; cheese from I.J Mellis Cheesemonger with spicy fig chutney and apple; and affogato, which is vanilla ice-cream with a shot of espresso and liqueur. There are a limited number of dishes on the menu, but with internationally-influenced food, a wine list to work your way through and stylish surroundings to enjoy, Rollo is certainly one to try for a relaxed dining experience.
Belted Burgers, 57a Frederick Street
Once home to the workshops of Cicero & Co, carvers and gilders (circa 1860), and retaining some of the building’s original features within the modern decor, this family-owned burger restaurant describes itself as ‘warm, welcoming and quirky’ and claims to provide the best gourmet burgers in Edinburgh. The burgers, made from 100% prime Scottish beef from the family’s own farm in Dumfries and Galloway, all start with a ‘B’: Choose between a ‘Blaze’ (burger with home-made chilli and grated cheddar), ‘Benedict’ (burger with sautéed mixed peppers and onions, rocket, hollandaise sauce and fried egg) or a ‘Bru Burger’ (burger with slow-cooked pulled pork in Irn Bru and barbecue sauce, beer-battered onion rings, grated cheddar and rocket) amongst other options. The free-range chicken burgers include options such as ‘Lemon’ (lemon chicken breast with tomato, rocket, onion and mustard mayo), ‘Brie Mine’ (lemon chicken breast, smoky bacon, pesto, rocket and brie) and ‘Buffalo’ (battered chicken breast, rocket, tomato, onion, sticky buffalo sauce and garlic mayo). All burgers come in a choice of classic, brioche or sourdough bun, served with house fries or sweet potato fries for an extra £1. Also on offer are two types of vegetarian burgers; a handful of starters such as olives, mozzarella sticks, chicken wings and haggis balls; salads (caesar, chicken caesar or the house salad); and a sharing platter of cured meats, cheeses, Scottish oatcakes, water biscuits, celery, grapes, olives and rocket. Desserts include the delicious-sounding ‘Brown Cow Cheesecake’, a white and milk chocolate ‘cow print’ cheesecake with a chocolate biscuit base; the Belted cheese plate; and a variety of sundaes, all made with Cream O’Galloway ice-cream. Food is served until midnight and the cellar-style late night bar is open until 1am, offering cocktails, mocktails, draught and craft, wine, beer, milkshakes and hardshakes (milkshakes with an alcoholic twist). This restaurant comes highly recommended for Edinburgh Hideaways guests with young babies or children, offering not only a children’s menu but also a selection of free Ella’s Kitchen organic baby food, as well as puzzles, a colouring-in menu and a chalkboard to keep older children happy and busy!
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Home, 7-8 Queensferry Street
Home, the brainchild of acclaimed chef Dean Gassabi and social entrepreneur Josh Littlejohn, best known for setting up the Social Bite chain of sandwich shops, provides a unique dining experience. The West End restaurant offers a similar menu to Gassabi’s other Maison Bleue outlets, serving top-class French, North African and Scottish cuisine for good value, but also serves a social purpose. It is run on a not-for-profit basis, with all profits going to charity and diners being encouraged to ‘pay forward’ meals for the homeless. Each Monday afternoon from 3pm-5pm, Home opens to provide an exclusive service for the homeless. Michelin star chef Martin Wishart also supports the restaurant by being a guest chef every three months. The menu certainly looks reasonably priced, with a set lunch menu offering two courses for £12.50 or three for £15. The normal a la carte menu is a little pricier, but still good value for the high standard, and offers adventurous choices such as pigeon breast and game terrine as well as more traditional options like the 28-day aged Scotch ribeye steak or the fish and seafood tagine. The dinner menu is more extensive in choice, offering a variety of ‘bouchées’ (mouthfuls, in French), designed to be shared between guests, and ‘bouchées doubles’, which are main courses for one. ‘Les bouchées’ include shellfish bisque served with sourdough bread; fondue de camembert with rustic croutons; haggis balls with clapshot tatties and whisky sauce; surprise calamari, which comes recommended; and chekchouka merguez (North African street food in the form of merguez sausage, slow cooked peppers, tomatoes, garlic and onions). Highlights of the ‘bouchées doubles’ section on the menu include Châteaubriand fillet steak, served with fondue potatoes, ratatouille of vegetables and a choice of sauce; monkfish tail, with cream of saffron sauce, mushrooms and tagliatelle verde; wild mushroom risotto; and North African lamb tagine, served with steamed saffron couscous. For dessert, choose the cheese platter or ask for today’s puddings. The restaurant has received an average rating of 4/5 by TripAdvisor diners and is worth a visit if you want to enjoy a lovely meal whilst helping others at the same time.