As Summer approaches, Edinburgh continues to raise its restaurant game. The redevelopment work around St Andrews Square has brought London favourites such as Dishoom and Wahaca to our doorstep, and the culinary options continue to grow. Here’s the down low on the rest of the food and drink newbies coming to town.
I almost don’t want to share with you how amazing this new restaurant is. It’s so small and I’m tempted to keep it to myself… However, it’s too good not to sing its praises. Located on St Stephens Street, Kenji Sushi might be tiny, but the dishes are packed with big flavours. The Donburi tastes as authentic as you’ll get in Edinburgh (a reliable tip as my dining partner lived in Hong Kong for 7 years) and the Californian rolls are superb. Somehow, they also manage to be on deliveroo. I don’t know how they manage it.
No.8 Lister Square
No. 8 Lister Square is another venture from the team behind Steak and Steak on Stones at 12 Picardy Place. Located in Edinburgh’s Quartermile, it takes inspiration from Steak on Stones. The new menu features a wide selection of bar bites, flatbreads and steaks to cook on hot lava stones where you can choose your cut to cook on the hot stones to your taste.
Wagamama has opened its third Edinburgh city restaurant on St Andrews Square. Unlike the outlets at Lothian Road and Ocean Terminal, this place has a more permanent, less take-out feel to it. You’ll find all the usual dishes on the much tried and tested menu, but with more attentive staff and more decadent interiors, you’d consider it for more than just a quick bite to eat before or after the cinema.
Next door to Wagamama, and not as new, but new to my blog, is The Refinery. Owned by Drake and Morgan, this chain does well to transform from a daytime coffee spot to a cocktails and dinner location. The bar is always buzzing with plenty of high tables and bar stools to perch on if you’re not looking for a sit down meal.
These guys have taken up resident in the old Buffalo Grill, or more recently the Field Grill House, on the corner of Raeburn Place and Dean Street. Taisteal is the latest venture from Michelin-trained chef Gordon Craig, who has trained in some of the UK’s top restaurants including The Peat Inn. The name means journey or to travel, and Gordon and his team create dishes using the best local Scottish produce combined with elements from around the world – they want to show off amazing fine dining dishes, but in a more relaxed environment.
Stockbridge favourites, The Pantry are opening a second café in Colinton, and I can’t wait to visit their second home. Follow them on facebook to keep up to date with the café’s progress. Opening date TBC.
Set to open on the South side of St Andrews Square, this will be the Italian restaurant’s fourth restaurant in Scotland. You can expect authentic and fresh, Italian food at sensible prices. Opening date TBC.