Our Top 6 Cosy Restaurants
Are you foodie with a trip to Edinburgh booked this winter? Then look no further!
Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s chic New Town, The Chester Residence is ideally situated within walking distance of many of the capital’s acclaimed restaurants. From fine-dining Michelin-starred to affordable and casual – Edinburgh offers a wide variety of cosy culinary escapes for food lovers visiting the city in winter.
Looking for great Scottish steaks? Even the name Aberdeen Angus will make the mouths of dedicated foodies water. Kyloe, named for an old Scots word for highland beef cattle, has an enviable first floor location with elevated views along Princes Street which take in Edinburgh Castle. Seriously, you’d pay for the Insta worthy views from the windows even without possibly the best steak experience the capital has to offer. Kyloe’s beef is certified Scottish and dry aged for a minimum of 28 days on the bone – try the Sirloin aged in Himalayan Salt. And, if that wasn’t enough, Kyloe’s neighbour in the basement is a gin distillery – tour Edinburgh Gin’s five-star boutique distillery and try a cheeky aperitif?
Number One at The Balmoral Hotel
It’s hard to get a Michelin star – your food has to be of the highest quality consistently. So just imagine how much work goes into retaining a Michelin star for 16 consecutive years? If you’re in Edinburgh to celebrate a special occasion or you’re in search for something more upmarket and sophisticated, then Number One might be the place you’re looking for. This is exquisite fine dining uses ingredients from Scotland’s top suppliers … think Borders Roe deer and hand dived Dingwall scallops. The rich red-walled décor gives a warm interior and the dedicated waiting service will make this modern Scottish fine-dining experience one to remember.
Ten paces off the majestic Royal Mile, you’ll find a contemporary gem. Seafood restaurant Ondine is laid back yet achingly stylish, serving fish and chips through to oyster platters. Chef Patron Roy Brett knows many of his fishermen by name, and he’s sure to be the recipient of the freshest of their catches. Top tip from the locals, try Oyster Happy Hour from 5.30 to 630pm Monday to Saturday where all you have to shell out is £1 for each raw oyster – perfect for the oyster virgin who wants to dabble– or the all-in oyster lover.
After a day’s sightseeing in the elegance of the New Town, head to downtown Bombay … yes in the heart of St Andrews Square you’ll find Scotland’s only Dishoom restaurant. In a city with its fair share of chain eating experiences, Dishoom stands out as a riot of colour and flavour with its eclectic décor, enthusiastic staff and a menu that requires a troop of friends to share. The breakfast bacon naans are legendary, and their small plate concept means that even the most indecisive of orderers can find the perfection in their selection. Be warned however, that they operate a limited reservation system only for groups of 6 or more. Everyone else is a walk in – which can mean queueing; but it’s definitely worth it for the Dishoom twist. You can always take refuge in The Permit Room in the basement – dedicated to sincere tipples, great music and good cheer.
Veganuary may be a relatively new concept – but Hendersons has been ahead of the vegetarian curve since 1962 making it the longest running vegetarian restaurant in the UK. There are several branches to choose from across the city including their vegan restaurant on quaintly cobbled Thistle Street – which was the first exclusively vegan restaurant in the city when it opened in 2015. It’s not just food that’s on the menu. Recent specials have included relaxing brunch with yoga and mindfulness and live jazz Fridays.
Restaurant Martin Wishart
Classically French and proudly Scottish is how Martin Wishart describes his approach. Responsible for Edinburgh’s first Michelin star in 2001, this accolade has been confirmed every year since. Here you’ll find precision cooking – each course presented beautifully, with exquisite flavour combinations – without any air of pretension. The friendly waiting staff are more than happy to answer any questions about the food and how it is prepared – and the paired wines, if you choose to indulge. The restaurant in the historic Port of Leith area of the city also has 4 AA red rosettes.