On the food radar: Exciting openings and a private bar
We might be half way through 2018 but Edinburgh's food and drink scene is showing no signs of slowing down.
While the St Andrew Square 'Cuisine Quarter' plays center to a lot of the action with the likes of Carluccios and upmarket Chinese restaurant Tattu set to arrive later this year, there's also tonnes going on elsewhere. From new openings and relaunches to exclusive cocktail bars, here's our top pick of the places you'll want to get your name down for.
Due to open in July, Borough restaurant on Henderson Street has replaced Norn. Although sadly missed, patrons need not worry about what to expect as head chef Darren Murray is staying on in the kitchen. The new venture promises to serve-up contemporary European cuisine within a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere and is sure to be a welcome addition to the neighbourhood.
50 - 54 Henderson Street, Leith, EH6 6DE, boroughrestaurant.com
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Legendary chefs Alain Roux and Michel Roux O.B.E. opened Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux at The Balmoral in June. Expect French bistro dishes combining quintessentially French flavours with the finest Scottish ingredients.
1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, roccofortehotels.com
Grand Café at The Scotsman
Inspired by the 'Grand Cafés' of Europe, the new North Bridge venue within The Scotsman's former advertising hall offers an all-day menu by day and transforms into a late-night drinking venue with live piano by night. Open until 3am everyday.
20 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1TR, grandcafeedinburgh.co.uk
Steak, lobster, art deco surroundings and a passion for sourcing the finest seafood and meat from around the British Isles, Hawksmoor has joined the exciting St Andrew Square restaurant scene. Officially open from 12 July for those who didn't manage to secure reservations to the soft launch 02 - 11 July.
42 W Register St, Edinburgh EH2 2AU, thehawksmoor.com/edinburgh
Mexican street food eatery, El Cartel, are opening a new restaurant on Teviot Place. No official date has been set just yet but you can expect authentic tacos, antojito bites, frozen margaritas and tequila on the menu. We don't doubt this new venture, located smack bang in the centre of the University campus, will be short on customers and if it practices the same 'no reservation' policy as its popular sister restaurant on Thistle Street, you're going to want to get in early.
You'll find The Register Club on the fourth floor of the stunning Edinburgh Grand. It's got a cocktail bar buzz with the vibe of a private club and a strict no phones allowed policy. There's even a games room next to the main bar so you can indulge in a little healthy competition over a round of ping pong. Be warned, you need to pre-book at The Register Club and I would. It's set to be THE place to be seen this summer.
The Register Club, 42 St Andrew Square, EH2 2AD, Tel: 0131 230 0570. lateralcity.com/register-club
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill
Comprising everything you would imagine from a traditional steakhouse but with the superior individuality you would expect from a Michelin star chef, this is the perfect place to relax and unwind over a cocktail, a refreshing glass of wine and one of Marco's signature dishes.
19 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1SD, mpwrestaurants.co.uk