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Best Restaurants to Visit in Edinburgh

The charming capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is a hub of history, art and festivities. From the historical old town with its medieval atmosphere to the elegant Georgian new town, Edinburgh is packed with sights and activities to keep you entertained. The compact design of the town makes it easy to explore on foot, trailing the cobbled streets to discover hidden gardens, take in the gorgeous architecture and enjoy awe-inspiring views. Despite its historically soaked culture, Edinburg is becoming an increasingly cosmopolitan city with a growing cafe culture, exciting nightlife and an extensive art scene. Visitors to the city have endless options to satisfy their hungry stomachs and curious taste buds, from Michelin star fine dining experiences to deliciously cheap student hangouts. Below is a list of 5 of the best restaurants that Edinburgh has to offer, sure to tantalize your taste buds with interesting jazzed up Scottish cuisine and unique atmospheres.

Timberyard

As its name suggests, the Timberyard is a family run restaurant located in a reinvented warehouse. An intimate and modern space, the chic industrial decor and hipster kitted staff give it a cool atmosphere without seeming pretentious or overdone. In winter, the inside dining is cosy with warm rugs and fireplaces while in summer guests can bask in the sun in the outside courtyard. Most of the herbs used on the menu are homegrown on site while meat and fish are cured and smoked under the very roof that it is prepared and cooked. The menu is traditional with a spin, adding unusual ingredients such as Woodruff, daikon radishes and sea buckthorn to conventional meat and fish. Exciting combinations are sure to surprise and satisfy even the fussiest of eaters. The bar stocks a selection of craft beers and unusual cocktails with blends of spirits with the likes of bee pollen, smoke and birch sap is an experience in itself.

The Gardeners Cottage

An enchanting cottage over 100 years old, with vegetables flourishing outside and a simple, friendly atmosphere is what you will find at the Gardeners Cottage. The communal style seating is not for everyone, but adds to the ambience of this intimate restaurant. The menu is based on seasonality as ingredients are sourced from the on-site garden and local farmers and is a simple but inventive menu. A set six-course dinner menu changes daily and an A La Carte menu is available for lunch. The tasting menu takes you on a taste journey and can be adjusted according to allergies. Bookings are essential and be ready to make friends with your table neighbours.

The Table

This unique restaurant offers diners a completely unique and interesting experience with one 10 seater table overlooking an open plan kitchen. It is designed as an interactive experience where guests watch the chef prepare and cook their meals and can ask questions about the processes, ingredients, etc. The multi-course set tasting menu boasts an eclectic mix of Scotlands finest produce and interesting ingredients from all over the world. Modern techniques are used to spruce up and reinvent favourite classics. This is a completely immersive and exceptional fine dining experience which diners will not forget quickly. Please be aware that the restaurant does not cater for allergies and dietary requirements and does not make substitutions.

The Kitchin

The philosophy of this Michelin rated restaurant is ‘Nature to Plate’ and it is certainly applied with dishes that are as pleasing to the taste buds as they are to the eyes. The Kitchin is located in an old converted whisky bonded warehouse with a relaxed and intimate atmosphere and attentive but non intrusive staff. Fresh produce is delivered daily by local farmers and producers ensuring only the best quality ingredients. The menu is a wonderful mix of Scottish ingredients and dishes with skilled French flare and technique applied to make it an exquisite experience from starter to dessert. If you are feeling adventurous, try the surprise menu which is specially designed by the head chef to take you on a tantalising journey.

21212

Among Scotland’s best dining, 21212 is not for people who like their food simple. This is a restaurant for foodies who want to shock their taste buds through shocking flavour combinations that somehow work. Set in a classic Georgian townhouse with a contemporary design and a menu which changes weekly, this restaurant has earned its Michelin star rating. The dishes are creative and artistic with the playful personality of the head chef shining through in each dish.

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