Don’t think about hibernating for the autumn/winter months just yet! From swanky, 7 course tasting menus to places to grab a relaxed meal after a long day at work, these eateries are all worthy of a visit. Read on and discover 5 new restaurants to try this autumn.
Seasons Restaurant & Bar
New to Broughton Street, Seasons is owned by Executive Chef Matthew Urry. The focus is on seasonal produce sourced from across Scotland and Scandinavia. But what makes this new venture stand out is the quirky menu format – rather than being given a menu, you are given a list of seasonal ingredients and asked to trust the kitchen entirely to prepare you a meal you won’t forget. They are also big on beer and wine pairings, and believe every dish should be paired wine, a cocktail or beer. They do a 3 course tasting lunch for £18.50, paired wines an additional £12.50.
Another modern restaurant making waves on the Edinburgh food scene is Norn. It has taken up resident in the old Plumed Horse in Leith, and also has an scandi-vibe. As well as working with local producers, they are passionate about the ethics behind their dishes. The dishes are insta-worthy and as beautiful as they are delicious. Only naturally sourced wines make it on to their list, and you have the option to match these with a four or seven course tasting menu.
Back up in town, restaurant chain Côte Brasserie can now be found on Frederick Street, in the the old Aga Shop site. Inspired by brasserie style dining in Paris, you’ll find good value, classic dishes on the menu. The lunch and early evening option come in at 2 courses for £10.95 or 3 for £12.95. The service is friendly and the cosy interiors make this a great place to share a bottle of wine and relaxed food with friends.
Chop House Bar & Butchery
City centre dwellers will be pleased to know that the team behind Chop House Bar & Butchery have taken up residence in The Arches on Market Street. Set out over two floors, cocktail bar on the ground floor, restaurant and kitchen upstairs, the interiors are quirky and cool, with plenty exposed steel frames and vibrant fittings. Monday is ‘Steak & Sides Day’ where you can enjoy 2 rib-eye steaks and 2 sides for £35.
Wee Buddha opened beginning of 2016 and is a truly great addition to the New Town eating and drinking scene. Their mantra, ‘if the soul is in your stomach, come and feed your soul’ is spot on. Tucked away on Jamaica Street, they nail delicious, Asian-style tapas. You choose from an array of little dishes, or slightly larger sharing plates such as the san choy bau (lettuce wrap) with crispy rice noodles pictured above.
Got somewhere else you’d recommend? Let me know!