Edinburgh’s best new bars and restaurants
Edinburgh’s burgeoning food and drinks scene has welcomed a variety of fresh new faces over the past year. We made it our duty to discover what each one was bringing to the table then asked you, our loyal gourmand readers, to pick your favourites in the Best Newcomer category of the i-on Food and Drink Reader Awards 2016 in association with Deliveroo. Here are the results…
Dine - Edinburgh’s newest brasserie, Champagne lounge and bar - is the brainchild of Scottish chef Stuart Muir, the former executive chef of Harvey Nichols’ Forth Floor Restaurant. From the opulent interior of polished timbers, sleek copper lighting, sumptuous wall coverings and striking life-size apple tree, to the intimate Champagne lounge and cocktail bar, Dine epitomises relaxed luxury.
Dine, Saltire Court, 10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED, Tel: 0131 218 1818, www.dineedinburgh.co.uk
Badger & Co
Offering laidback all day dining and a more up-tempo vibe come evenings, Badger & Co is located within a character laden Edwardian townhouse. For something a little different the Private Dining Room is complete with pool table, ping pong table and seating for 12.
Badger & Co, 32 Castle St, Edinburgh, EH2 3HT, Tel: 0131 226 5430, www.badgerandco.com
The Whistle Stop Barber Shop
Promising ‘A big chunk of East Coast flavour, slap bang in the middle of Edinburgh’, The Whistle Stop Barber Shop is your one-stop-shop for burgers, pizzas, chicken wings and other big eats from the US of A. The team are also a dab-hand at throwing together a variety of old school cocktails.
The Whistle Stop Barber Shop, 66-67 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1LS, Tel: 0131 556 0954, www.whistlestopedinburgh.co.uk
The Wee Restaurant (Frederick Street)
After 10 years in Fife, award-winning chef Craig Wood opened a second Wee Restaurant in the centre of Edinburgh. The superbly crafted seasonal dishes are complemented by a magnificent wine list. Visit on a Saturday to enjoy a relaxed lunch as it’s open all day.
The Wee Restaurant, 61 Frederick St, Edinburgh, EH2 1LH, Tel: 0131 225 7983, www.theweerestaurant.co.uk
Inspired by the brasseries of Paris, Côte Brasserie prides itself on its authentic French classics made from great quality, fresh ingredients. Try their signature cocktail, a Kir Royale, while you peruse their menu. Thankfully, you don’t need a mastery of French to decipher the menu - all the classics feature from steak and moules frites to savoury crepes and salad nicoise.
Côte Brasserie, 51 Frederick St, Edinburgh, EH2 1LH, Tel: 0131 202 6256,
Norn’s interior is relaxed and elegant, featuring mid-century Danish touches and an open kitchen, giving the impression you’re at a friend’s for dinner. They take ingredient selection and seasonality to the extreme, each course offered a foraged ingredient that would require some Google attention or description from the chefs – who serve and explain each dish in person. Enjoy four or seven courses, with or without drinks, starting at £40 for four and up to £125 for seven with paired drinks.
Norn, 50-54 Henderson St, Edinburgh, EH6 6DE, 0131 629 2525, www.nornrestaurant.com
Maison Bleue Le Bistrot
Maison Bleue Le Bistrot offers a bistro vibe, unpretentious interiors and an eclectic mix of French, North African and Scottish flavours on the menu. Take it from us, the signature dish, the Le Tagine, is a triumph – the slow cooked lamb, super tender and succulent, literally melt in the mouth and the blend of African and Mediterranean spices work perfectly.
Maison Bleue Le Bistrot, 372 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh, EH10 5HS, Tel: 0131 447 0345, www.maisonbleuelebistrot.com
Taking inspiration from the Mediterranean and throwing in a few international flavours, Cadiz brings fresh seafood creations to the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town. From Shetland mussels to seared Isle of Mull scallops, there’s an unmistakable Scottish element to their menu too.
Cadiz, 77b George St, Edinburgh, EH2 3EE, Tel: 0131 226 3000, www.cadizedinburgh.co.uk