Anyone with half an eye on Edinburgh’s restaurant scene will be aware that restaurants come and go with sometimes alarming frequency.
There was an upturn in openings around July and August of course, to capitalise on festival season, along with various pop-up provisions that are short-lived by nature. But here we highlight six of the most interesting new Edinburgh restaurants that are likely to have staying power.
Burger Meats Bun
Glasgow has seen a rise in the popularity of upmarket burger joints of late and now that trend looks set to spread to the Capital. More than just a clever name, Burger Meats Bun has proved so popular along the M8 that they’ve now taken over what was previously Urban Angel on Forth Street in Edinburgh (just off Broughton Street), where you’re promised “the tastiest burgers, using only the best quality ingredients, served to you with a huge smile (and on a brioche bun) “.
1 Forth Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JX, 0131 556 7023, www.burger-meats-bun.co.uk
Describing themselves as a “Belgian beer-infused brasseria using only the freshest local ingredients”, Crafter’s Barn is a new eaterie with a very central location at the top of The Mound, offering tapas-style small plates, mussels, and gourmet Napoletana pizzas. Or if you prefer to take matters into your own hands, there’s the opportunity to cook your own buffalo steak on one of their 300-degree lava stones or take part in one of their beer-cocktail master-classes.
9 North Bank Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2LP, 0131 226 1178, www.crafters-barn.co.uk
This is the second Edinburgh restaurant from award-winning chef Mark Greenaway (the other being at North Castle Street). With Bistro Moderne a little further down the hill in Stockbridge, Greenaway applies his signature modern style to classic French food, all made with seasonal Scottish produce sourced locally where possible. It’s reasonably priced too considering the pedigree, with a three-course lunch menu for £15, and you’ll definitely want to stick around for Greenaway’s renowned desserts.
15 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6SX, 0131 2254431, www.bistromoderne.co.uk
The Scran and Scallie
Walk a bit further into Stockbridge and you’ll reach the Scran and Scallie, another new (or more accurately, newish) offering. It’s the brainchild of two of Scotland’s top Michelin star chefs, Tom Kitchin (The Kitchin) and Dominic Jack (Castle Terrace Restaurant). But rather than pressed tablecloths and nouvelle cuisine, this gastro-pub aims for a homely atmosphere and a modern take on pub grub classics such as burgers, fish and chips and steak pie, as well as a variety of straightforward meat and fish dishes reflecting their ”from nature to plate” ethos. It must be working too, because it recently announced it has served around 70,000 diners in its first year.
1 Comely Bank Road, Edinburgh, EH4 1DT, 0131 332 6281, scranandscallie.com
Another new Edinburgh burger purveyor that does exactly what it says on the tin is BURGER, with not one but two new restaurants in the Capital, at the West End and at Fountainbridge. As seems to be de rigeur for new Edinburgh restaurants, they make a point of using fresh, local ingredients and being as environmentally friendly as possible. And unlike some many other newbies, they also pride themselves on being affordable and unpretentious.
91/93 Shandwick Place, EH2 4SD,0131 228 1429 / 94a Fountainbridge, EH3 9QA, 0131 228 5367, www.burgeruk.co.uk
Aizle on St Leonard’s Street on the south side is another new restaurant garnering plaudits from the city’s foodie community. Describing themselves as a ‘Scottish ne0-bistro’ , they have no set menu in order to maximise the freshness and seasonality of the food, and the only option is a four-course tasting menu at £35. Chef Stuart Ralston has worked alongside Gordon Ramsey and cooked for a variety of celebrities , such as Tiger Woods, Rihanna and Simon Cowell (during a stint as chef at a top Barbados resort). His wife and business partner Krystal Goff is in charge of the drinks menu, providing a selection of inventive cocktails in her role as Mixologist – making Aizle a labour of love for its owners and a unique experience for Edinburgh diners.
107-109 St. Leonard’s Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9QY, 0131 662 9349, aizle.co.uk
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