Where to eat: new and notable restaurants for the Edinburgh Festival 2013

This article is from 2013.

Where to eat: new and notable restaurants for the Edinburgh Festival 2013

Blackfriars, Field and The Scran & Scallie are among this year's unmissable foodie highlights


57–61 Blackfriars Street, Old Town, 0131 558 8684, blackfriarsedinburgh.co.uk
There’s more than a touch of art school hipness about this stripped-back bar and neighbouring restaurant where a former sous chef to Martin Wishart cooks robust, pared-down mains and cultured bar snacks including homemade pork pies and other well-sourced seasonal combinations.


41 West Nicolson Street, Southside, 0131 667 7010, fieldrestaurant.co.uk
Another place where a chef with Michelin-star experience is out to prove that a competitively priced Scottish menu needn’t bow to cliché or blandness. In a modest, 22-cover venue near Edinburgh University, Gordon Craig cooks with feisty flavours and fine-dining-style attention to detail.

Galvin Brasserie de Luxe

Caledonian Hotel, Princes Street, West End, 0131 222 8988, galvinrestaurants.com
The Caley now houses two restaurants set up by London power-chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin, with day-to-day head chef duties by local star Craig Sandle. Upstairs, it’s tasting menus and respectful hush in the majestic Pompadour dining room, while the slicker brasserie includes a gleaming oval bar piled with crustacea.

Restaurant Mark Greenaway

69 North Castle Street, New Town, 0131 226 1155, markgreenaway.com
The eponymous chef joshed his way through the Great British Menu earlier this year, a good showcase for his newly relocated restaurant and its ever-entertaining menu featuring plenty of foams, fumes and flashy finishes. It’s great food for all that, full of imagination and culinary intricacy.

The Scran & Scallie

1 Comely Bank Road, Stockbridge, 0131 332 6281, scranandscallie.com
When headlining local chef Tom Kitchin announced he was opening a pub in 2013, the locals got excited. While the Perthshire croft meets Victoriana dining room is barely recognisable as a public bar, it is serving a combination of down-the-line pub classics alongside old Scottish recipes and highlights from the offal revival, all impressively well cooked and presented.

A The Scran & Scallie
1 Comely Bank Road, Edinburgh, EH4 1DT
Public house with dining in Stockbridge with a strong ‘nature to plate’ ethos and a sophisticated interior.
B Galvin Brasserie de Luxe
Caledonian Hotel, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
Swish and fun, a stylish Waldorf Astoria brasserie in which to while away the hours.
C Restaurant Mark Greenaway
69 North Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3LJ
Daring, different and sometimes divisive higher-end Scottish restaurant serving colourful and intricate dishes with a playful theme.
D Field
41 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB
Top-bracket contemporary Scottish cooking at very reasonable prices, served in a simple Southside dining room.

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