Explore Edinburgh deeper by delving into the remarkable variety of restaurants and their special dishes. When you come to Scotland, open your mind and taste buds to some of these unique Edinburgh dining experiences.
For Those Who Like Surprises
Five Course Neo-Bistro Tasting Menu For Two At Aizle
First, a quick etymology on neo-bistro. ‘Neo’, meaning new or fresh, ‘bistro’, being a small, informal restaurant. As Scotland’s first neo-bistro, Aizle truly represents this name in all areas.
Aizle holds simple charm, while being a high-end restaurant. It is a rich combination of both old-world and new styles and flavours. The dishes are cooked by traditional methods, while creating modern dishes. There is no standing menu, as the dishes are rotated on a monthly basis. The menu, or as Aizle calls it, “the harvest,” is based on seasonal produce. The current harvest is written on a blackboard for all to read.
Enjoy Aizle to the fullest by bringing a guest and participating in a five-course tasting menu experience. Challenge your senses as you try a combination of Scottish, European, Caribbean and North American style foods while enjoying the folk-style surroundings. TRULY guests receive a personally signed menu by Chef Stuart Ralston.
Looking to Relax In Luxury
Champagne Spa Day at The Spa at Norton House
If you are looking to combine both relaxation and good food, the Norton House and Spa should definitely be on your list. John Usher, from the famous Scottish brewing family, bought this estate and turned it into a home with beautiful, warm surroundings and elaborate details.
Take in the elegant pillars, renaissance porch and decorative, intimate restaurant. Here, you will also find a tranquil, signature spa with eight treatment rooms, a Rasul mud chamber and other facilities, as well as experienced therapists.
Treat yourself with a champagne spa day and two-course lunch at the Norton House. Experience two therapeutic treatments of your choice, and there are quite a few to choose from. Each treatment will last a luxurious 25 minutes. You will also have full use of the pools, sauna and gym, which you will enjoy with a lovely robe, slippers and towels. Your two-course lunch will be served in the Spa Brasserie, with a glass of champagne.
For Those Searching For Sophistication
Michelin Star dining for Two at 21212
Known for its flavourful combinations and weekly changing menu, 21212 makes every visit a one-of-a-kind adventure. This spacious Grade A listed townhouse still has most of its historic features, such as its open kitchen.
These period features, combined with designer furnishings create a unique atmosphere perfect for high-quality dining. Enjoy Michelin star, award-winning dishes inspired by French-style cooking.
Experience the elegance of 21212 with a guest, starting with a glass of champagne on arrival and followed by a five-course dinner. Enjoy the freedom of choosing your own starter, main course and desert. Cheese and soup courses will also be served to delight your taste buds.
If You Are Committed To Freshness
Here is a restaurant openly dedicated to using only the freshest of Scottish seasonal produce. For those who are interested in eating as clean and fresh as they can, The Kitchin offers dishes that are just that. You will discover this restaurant grew from a whisky bonded warehouse in the Leith waterfront, in Edinburgh.
Chef Tom Kitchin trained under some of the best chefs known on earth, and uses this knowledge to create dishes in this Michelin starred, multi-award winning restaurant. He lives by the philosophy of “from nature to plate” as he makes British and French inspired dishes. Produce arrives fresh at The Kitchen every day.
The atmosphere, food, service and presentation are all important to The Kitchin experience.
For the Vegetarian
Meat Free Tasting Menu for Two at Martin Wishart
If you are looking for a meatless dinner alternative, Martin Wishart offers a delightful option. Chef Martin is highly respected, and achieved a Michelin star for his restaurant.
He uses all local ingredients, creating French dishes from seasonal Scottish produce. Chef Martin serves these dishes in his elegant and romantic dining area of his Leith area restaurant. To further Martin’s service, there is one chef for every two guests.
With a guest, fully experience Martin Wishart by enjoying a welcoming glass of sparkling champagne and a vegetarian tasting menu of six traditional and modern French dishes.
TRULY guests will receive a menu signed by Martin to take home and treasure.