Inside 21212 Restaurant, Edinburgh

Kelly Dunning
21212 Restaurant

21212 Restaurant is one of the most innovative restaurants in Edinburgh, serving traditional French cuisine with a wonderfully contemporary twist. Chef Paul Kitching and his partner Katie O’Brien are two of the most celebrated restauranteurs in Scotland and together they have over 45 years of Michelin star experience.

Paul and Katie moved to the capital city of Scotland in 2009, which is when they opened 21212. Previous Paul run Juniper, which was the only Michelin starred restaurant in Greater Manchester. Since it opened the restaurant has received numerous awards, including four AA rosettes, a Michelin star and Best New Restaurant in the UK.

The Restaurant – A Luxurious Location for an Inventive Meal

It is a lovely and romantic restaurant, set within a Grade A listed Georgian Townhouse in the Royal Terrace of Edinburgh. It is set out over four floors and it is very light, spacious and airy. It enjoys commanding views to the Firth of Forth from the upper level rooms. The décor has preserved many of the period features, yet designer furnishings and contemporary lighting has added a modern touch.

The exciting menu for this Edinburgh French restaurant changes every week in order to keep things fresh, seasonal and interesting. There is never any more than three choices for each course, but the changing menu offers variety for repeat visitors. For example, some of the previous dishes have been Trout with olives, aubergine, toasted oats, caviar, cucumber, hazelnuts, piccalilli and apricots or slow cooked venison with dates, garlic, Toulouse sausage, leeks, carrots, Brazil nuts, red kidney bean puree, aubergine confit and thyme sauce.


21212 Restaurant

A Dedication to Top Notch Cuisine

When it comes to choosing ingredients, Paul and Katie source locally whenever they can and support a number of local businesses. However, their priority is finding the very best which sometimes means that they have to look further. They are very open with their ingredients and cooking techniques, so feel free to ask questions about their dishes.

There is a glass partition between the kitchen and the rest of the restaurant, which means that you can watch the team at work on your food. The restaurant also offers a very large wine list, with a range of selections to suit every taste. They have a sommelier, who will be pleased to recommend a wine that complements your food choices.

21212 Restaurant

Why Not Stay Overnight?

This restaurant is also unique because it is the only Michelin starred restaurant in Edinburgh with bedrooms. There are four elegantly appointed bedrooms, each with a dedicated lounge area and views of either the garden or the city of Edinburgh. These beautiful rooms are available as accommodation for a luxurious and indulgent trip to Edinburgh and they offer all of the luxurious that you could wish for in a hotel room – from bathrobes to high end toiletries to flat screen televisions and a walk in shower. They are the perfect place to relax after having such a wonderful and luxurious meal.


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