On the food radar: Edinburgh's food scene continues to thrive in 2018
Edinburgh’s food scene continues to thrive in 2018 with hotly-anticipated restaurant openings. Here's Carine Seitz's round-up of the ones to keep an eye out for...
Let’s face it, we’re already pretty spoilt in Edinburgh for brilliant places to eat, but the expansion and arrival of new restaurants to the city this year is set to make the food scene even more exciting.
Dubbed the ‘cuisine quarter’, the development of St Andrews Square shows no sign of slowing down. Number 42, former global HQ for the Royal Bank of Scotland, is undergoing a spectacular transformation into a development to be called ‘The Registers’ –comprising The Edinburgh Grand and The Mint Building – which over the course of this year will become home to London stalwarts Hawksmoor (steak), Franco Manca (pizza) and Carluccio’s (Italian), as well as a luxury restaurant from Di Maggio’s (Cadiz, Café Andaluz).
El Cartel, Thistle St
There will also be a coffee, food and live music venue courtesy of the Bon Vivant Group –who in addition are busy opening a second branch of the massively popular El Cartel (Thistle Street) on Teviot Place in the forthcoming months.
Brunstfield is about to welcome some serious Edinburgh food contenders to the neighbourhood – Chop House (Market Street) is set to open its third restaurant on the site of what was Tribeca; and Tom Kitchin – although yet to confirm in what format –will open his fourth restaurant this year on Bruntsfield Place.
Chop House, Market St
New kid on the George Street block will be Fazenda, a churrasco steak restaurant, opening late February (click here for tickets to the exclusive i-on preview night); while Roy Brett of Ondine fame is setting up shop in Newhaven harbour, in partnership with Welch Fishmongers. Gourmet fish and chips by the sea, anyone? Yes please.