Aurora: A hidden gem on Great Junction Street

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Leith’s Great Junction Street has a bit of a bad rep and is probably one of the least likely locations in the city for vegan supper clubs and creative cooking. But as Amy Falconer finds, times are a changing...

Aurora restaurant, a small, modern eatery with simple and understated interiors, is a proper little diamond in the rough. It’s open for brunch, lunch and dinner and delicious tasting food is always on the menu.

We dine on a busy Saturday night with starters of wild mushrooms, spinach, smoked almonds and warm Brie, £7, and Loch Fyne salmon tartare with avocado concassè and watercress foam, £7.50. The mushrooms’ flavour is perfectly balanced between earthy and peppery with the salty, oozy cheese enhancing the whole dish. The salmon is a pretty little stack of vibrant orange and green - fresh, citrusy and moreish. For mains I order pistachio crusted lamb rack with salt baked parsnips, Jerusalem artichoke, salsify and lapsang pommes  purèe, £13.50; two thick, perfectly pink, pieces of lamb speckled with nuts, and an absolute delight to eat.

Meanwhile, Laura is in gnocchi heaven with her choice of parsnip gnocchi, pickled walnuts, cauliflower stems, blue murder cheese and pea shoots, £11. The nuts, cheese and cauliflower giving real depth and contrast to the gnocchi.

We finish with a Scottish cheese board, £7, for Laura while I indulge in the chocolate mousse bar with chocolate and whisky ganache and chocolate spaghetti, £5. It’s gloriously sticky with light, soft mousse and lots of yummy, crunchy textures, and a pudding that will sort out the cravings of even the staunchest chocoholic.

Word about Aurora is out and spreading fast, with the place getting an excellent and deserved reputation for great value food done well. All the things that make a restaurant great.

187 Great Junction St, EH6 5LQ, Tel: 0131 554 5537, auroraedinburgh.co.uk

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