Where to Eat, Meet and be Merry
There are a number of must-sample dining experiences in the country, but two things you should be sure to try are Scottish salmon and Highland beef – both known globally for their quality, taste and deliciousness!
An award winning, gay friendly Italian restaurant, so popular that booking is almost always required. Cute waiters and great food make this a must!
Dubh Prais Restaurant, 123b High Street, Royal Mile
Serving fine Scottish cuisine using the best produce from Scotland's larder, incorporating both traditional and original dishes. The cellar restaurant is decorated in a traditional style and engenders a quiet, intimate and cozy ambience. House specialties include West coast broth, scallops and haggis.
David Bann Restaurant, 56-58 St Mary's Street
Popular with both locals and visitors, their style is modern and stylish, with an emphasis on taste, texture and value, with décor to match. This is a buzzing and busy restaurant, particularly at weekends, and the ambience is enhanced by intimate and stylish lighting. House specialties include kaffi lime panfer croquettes with a coconut sesame and tomato sauce and plum chutney, and walnut, hazelnut and mushroom haggis.
Forth Floor Brasserie & Bar, Harvey Nichols, 30-34 St. Andrew Square
Located on the top floor of the Harvey Nichols department store, the views are unparalleled - all the way from the Castle to the Firth of Forth. Award winning Head Chef, Stuart Muir - uses fine Scottish produce to create dishes that match modern flavors with classical technique. From a stylish breakfast through to a full a la carte lunch to a serious supper, the Brasserie is flexible, casual and welcoming.
Gallery Café, Gallery of Modern Art, Belford Road
The Gallery Café at the Gallery of Modern Art, with its fine terrace overlooking the sculpture garden, makes this one of the best alfresco dining experiences in the city. Summer and winter alike, the light airy buzz has made this a firm local favorite for many of our regulars, as well as for those who consider no trip to Edinburgh complete without a visit here.
Restaurant At The Bonham, 35 Drumsheugh Gardens
You'll be tempted by distinct European-inspired food and enticed by provocative wines. The modern Bonham style is far from traditional, but the standard of cooking is clearly influenced by Head Chef, Michel Bouyer's classical training in Paris. The restaurant is in a European style, but the team essentially like to work with natural and organic local ingredients and produce at its best flavor when in season.
The Grainstore, 30 Victoria Street
Something of an institution, the Grain Store has earned a reputation over the years for using the best produce Scotland has to offer. An unassuming entrance on Victoria Street leads upstairs to a stone-walled and atmospheric interior.
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