Harvey Nichols Forth Floor
A NIGHT OF SWING
Make sure you join us for a jazzy bank holiday
What could possibly be better than spending your bank holiday indulging in gourmet food, sipping delicious drinks and dancing to a live band? Nothing, that’s what.
So, ladies and gents, dress up to the nines and make your merry way to the Forth Floor.
Start the night with a Gin + Elderflower Mojito on arrival, before tucking in to three seasonal courses, including baked sea trout, roasted lamb rump with all the trimmings and a Black Forest dessert, each with an expertly paired wine. Enjoy swing hits from the Loveboat Big Band, then dance the night away in the restaurant or on the terrace.
image credit Brooks Hall
This spring, Seasons Restaurant and Bar is enjoying its own rebirth – one year on from opening. The fresh new frontage at its home on Edinburgh’s Broughton Street heralds the new beginnings within the form of a brand new bar with its own bijou a la carte menu.
The new menu has been designed by Executive Chef and owner Matt Urry with the help of new recruit, Head Chef Cameron Laidlaw, who has recently joined from Restaurant Mark Greenaway. The new style menu sets the 10 seater bar apart from the ethos of the main restaurant: Small yet perfectly formed it has been designed for casual dining in mind and will be available from 2pm until 8pm accompanied by a list of 30 wines by the glass. The new bar wine list has been carefully selected by Matt who aims to make more inaccessible wines available to drink by the glass.
- White onion veloute, burnt onion, seasonal herbs £4.50
- Wye valley asparagus, gremolata and roasted hazelnuts £7
- Aged beef carpaccio, whipped goats cheese and wild garlic, crispy shallot, parmesan granita, beef fat flat bread £10.50
- Slow cooked Lamb leg, beer pickled shallot, charred spring onion, pomme puree, celeriac £11.50
- Poached Langoustine, quinoa, burnt apple, channel wrack, Langoustine bisque £12
- Rhubarb, custard honeycomb, gingerbread, doughnut £7
- Chocolate, pistachio, granola £7
Honeycomb & Co launches new neighbourhood eatery
Inspired by flavours from around the world and the best seasonal produce, new modern eatery Honeycomb & Co has launched in the heartod Bruntsfield. Serving up stylish dishes that are bursting with flavour, Honeycomb & Co will be a welcome addition to Edinburgh’s food scene, and is a new venture from the team behind many of the city’s eating spots.
This relaxed neighbourhood destination promises great food and service throughout the day, whether you prefer to enjoy it in the bright, airy space or opt to take your choice of sumptuous salads, main courses or sweet treats home to share with friends and family.
The menu is brimming with good things – how about a weekend brunch of shakshuka, topped with crispy black pudding from The Store Company and hazelnut dukka? Lunch specials might include beef ramen, made with The Store Company beef slow-cooked in the kitchen’s ‘master stock’ and served with their own kimchee and soft boiled egg, while a bowl of spring minestrone will feature foraged wild garlic pesto to give some zip on the chilliest of days. Plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free choices are available.
Great coffee and cakes will be available all day – the colourful, tempting bakes on offer might include Persian love cake doughnuts, cinnamon (and black cardamom) buns with tahini, or their signature honey cakes.
Address: 1 Merchiston Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4NP
Phone: 0131 228 4641
The Lantern Room
The Lantern Room, at Courtyard Edinburgh, is a new style of restaurant for those looking for a refreshingly modern take on locally sourced food and drinks, traditional dishes and service. Set behind the Georgian façade of Baxter’s Place, The Lantern Room takes its inspiration from the building’s historical links to the imagination and endeavour of Scotland’s lighthouse pioneer, Robert Stevenson, while possessing a modern energy and style that suits its place in a twenty-first century capital city. The menu builds on Scottish produce from trusted local suppliers. The food is simple, high quality and flavoursome; served as light bites, as part of a fixed priced menu freshly prepared on a daily basis and for more refined dining. With everything presented with a contemporary flair from platters to share, to a working lunch, a pre-theatre dinner or late-night supper, there is something for everyone any time of the day or night.
To accompany the food, The Lantern Room offers a handpicked selection of wines, craft beers and speciality gins. A signature cocktail has also been created to capture the restaurant’s warm and welcoming atmosphere where people can meet, mix, relax and stay all day.
Address: 1-3 Baxter’s Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3AF
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Dishoom On St Andrew Square
The team behind the much-loved Dishoom restaurants in London have opened a Scottish location in the heart of Edinburgh. Dishoom pays loving homage to the Irani cafés of Bombay. Opened early last century by Zoroastrian immigrants from Iran, there were almost four hundred cafés at their peak in the 1960s. Now, fewer than thirty remain.
Dishoom Edinburgh is housed in a beautiful 1920s-era Grade A listed building, which was originally built as a warehouse for Forsyth’s department store.
Open every day from early ‘til late, diners can enjoy Executive Chef Naved Nasir’s legendary breakfast, followed by an all-day sharing menu of authentic and lovingly curated Bombay comfort food – small plates, grills, biryanis, salad plates, rolls and curries.
Address: 3 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2BD
New cocktail bar Epicurean opens at the G&V
Edinburgh’s hottest new bar, Epicurean, is now open. The vibrant bar is located besides the Royal Mile on the ground floor of G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh and will create a new social hub for the bustling city. With an upbeat vibe creating an inviting atmosphere for city dwellers and guests alike, Epicurean serves aromatic infusions and colourful cocktails using home-grown flowers and herbs from an EvoGro hydroponic, best known for gracing the country’s finest Michelin Star kitchens.
The cocktail menu is inspired by the Scottish Colourists and will take guests on a Scotsman’s journey of Botanical Europe. Vibrant cocktails with bursts of colour are reminiscent of the movement’s engaging paintings. The playful drinks’ beautiful shades are achieved by combining 100% natural ingredients; the team juice herbs from the EvoGro hydroponic and fruits and vegetables on site to ensure everything is fresh and of the highest quality.
Epicurean will serve an all-day dining menu with Mediterranean snacks and an extensive mocktail list made with hand pressed homemade juices.
Address: 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD
The Refinery St Andrew Square
The Refinery St Andrews Square will bring more glamour to the city’s drinking and dining scene. Spread across two beautifully designed floors – visible through ground to ceiling glass windows – and separated by a show-stopping spiral staircase, guests will be greeted by a beautiful bar and casual dining area, with a statement back bar illuminating the various bottles of wine and spirits available.
Towards the rear will be an intimate restaurant and open-plan kitchen with sit-at counter dining, bringing all of the action of the grill to diners who want a front row seat. Curiosity will almost certainly lead guests up the staircase to the restaurant’s library lounge where they’ll be able to sink into comfortable armchairs draped in fur. There will also be an al fresco terrace, complete with blankets and hot water bottles for year-round revelry.
The Refinery St Andrew Square will be keeping cocktails above the standards of even the most demanding connoisseurs, serving up seasonally inspired concoctions influenced by the latest global trends. The varied menu will have plenty to please. Small plates and mezze boards, ideal to share, will be available whilst larger mains – served from lunch to late – will come in the form of beautiful burgers such as the buttermilk chicken burger or wagyu beef burger. Superfood salads and classics such as hot smoked salmon with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts; parmesan crusted chicken with soft polenta, blistered cherry tomatoes; and lamb chops with crushed new potatoes and mint jus are just a few examples of the dishes diners can expect to find. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in a selection of moreish puddings.
Address: The Refinery St Andrew Square, 5 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2BD
The Voyage of Buck
The Voyage of Buck is a brand new bar and restaurant that’s set to take you on an epicurean expedition…
Step back in time to the early 1900’s and join your host William “Buck” Clarence at his home, 29-31 William Street in the heart of Edinburgh’s fashionable West End.
The Voyage of Buck’s story begins when young William, then residing in London, fled the UK with Prince Albert Victor following the Cleveland Street Scandal of 1889. After many years travelling the globe, Buck returned to his beloved Edinburgh bringing with him some flavours and experiences from his travels
Big Red Teapot – the creative team behind the city’s award winning bars The Blackbird, Treacle and Hamilton’s are set to shake up the West End as they open the doors to The Voyage of Buck and welcome you into his world.
Visitors to the Voyage of Buck will be able to dine from 10am starting with breakfast right through to dinner finishing at 10pm. A weekend brunch menu will also be introduced to welcome the shoppers and residents of the West End. The menu will include small plates, large plates and sweet plates allowing people to select a number of dishes to share with friends or larger main dishes to keep for themselves. Dishes will include organic meats, seafood, gluten free and vegetarian dishes with informed staff to help if needed.
Address: 29-31 William Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7NG
Hamilton’s Bar and Kitchen, one of Stockbridge’s leading foodie pubs, have launched their Autumn/Winter menu loaded with warm dishes in anticipation of those crisp Autumn days and long Winter evenings. Highlights of the new menu include the Candied Walnut Salad and Oven Roasted Pork Belly with Globe Artichoke.
Well known as a favourite brunch spot, Hamilton’s will continue to serve their breakfast menu daily in the morning and till 4pm at the weekends – including their infamous Baked Eggs.
Address: 16-18 Hamilton Pl, Edinburgh EH3 5AU
Phone: 0131 226 4199
Foundry39 is the newest cocktail bar and restaurant to hit the Edinburgh food scene. Located on Queensferry Road in Edinburgh’s West End, with the name Foundry its no surprise the decor has an industrial feel to it. Exposed Exposed original features, brushed metalwork panels and dark wood flooring create an urban cool vibe.
The bar offers an array of fabulous cocktails try the Smoked Cherry Manhattan it’s divine or go for the rhubarb & rosemary daiquiri or smoked heather sour.
The food menu is full of old favourites, making it great for a relaxed brunch, afternoon or night out. Swap between beef burgers piled high with add ons and handmade sourdough pizzas with toppings that run from the classic to the unconventional.
Address: 39A Queensferry Street, EH2 4RA Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Edinburgh EH2 4RA
Phone: 0131 510 6766
Wedgwood is launching a new bespoke “Wild Foraging Experience” around Edinburgh; perfect for a foodie party with a difference, a gastronomic expedition for tourists or a gourmet corporate day out.
More details – theluxuryeditor.com/news/1126
Harvey Nichols Edinburgh have launched a special summer menu which is available in the Forth Floor Restaurant. Running Wednesday to Saturday, the Wine, Dine and Sunshine menu includes three courses and a Martini Royal Cocktail for £32 which is a bargain for such a beautiful restaurant. We tried it out recently and it was delicious.
Address: 30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AD
Phone: 0131 524 8388
I don’t often say a restaurant is unbelievably good, but in this instance Norn deserves this description. In the site of the old Plumed Horse in Leith, this new 36 cover restaurant, owned by Chef Scott Smith, a protégé of Michelin-starred Geoffrey Smeddle, owner of The Peat Inn is something really special. Offering a set menu of 4 or 7 courses and matching wines, you meal becomes a work of art as each dish comes out to your table. I really cannot rate this highly enough.
Address: 50-54 Henderson St, Edinburgh EH6 6DE
Phone: 0131 629 2525
Tony Singh’s At The Apex Grassmarket
Apex Hotels and Tony Singh have teamed up to bring some ‘fun’ to the Grassmarket. Following on from the success of the popup restaurant Tony ran in August 2015 he has taken this winning formula to the Apex Grassmarket Hotel.
The new restaurant offers informal dining with a seriously tasty menu to eat from. Combining Tony’s Scottish and Asian roots and 25 years in the restaurant industry he has created a playful menu with dishes like Haggis Pakora, Dal Makni, Vuhra and Philly Sirloin Steak, not to mention Bhelpuri which was my personal favourite when TLE visited.
With a floor to ceiling windows looking out over the Grassmarket, it’s the perfect setting for a midweek snack or weekend get together, so definitely check it out!
Address: 31-35 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS
Phone: 0131 300 3456
Dine with Stuart Muir
Acclaimed chef Stuart Muir, former executive chef of Forth Floor Restaurant Harvey Nichols Edinburgh has opened a new restaurant in the city across form the Usher Hall. The 80 seater restaurant also includes Edinburgh’s first dedicated champagne lounge. Dishes present brasserie dining with choices of Scottish Borders beef as well as contemporary twists on classic dishes.
Address: Saltire Court (1F) Edinburgh, 10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh EH1 2ED
Phone: 0131 218 1818
Not a new restaurant in Edinburgh having been around for 6 year but after a £1m redesign, this is certainly worth revisiting. A year of planning has gone into the refurbishment and restructure of the dining room and kitchen. Designs have all been carefully sourced from Scotland and Scandinavia, to create a lush ambience, with a blend of rustic glamour, drawing on the building’s origin and with a new chefs table in the kitchen and private dining room the culinary journey is now at a whole new level.
Address: 33-35 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2EL
Phone: 0131 229 1222
The Printing Press Bar and Kitchen
The Printing Press Bar and Kitchen adds to Edinburgh’s rich literary heritage. Formerly home in the 1780s to novelist Susan Ferrier the restaurant has been developed by one of London’s more respected restauranteurs Des McDonald. Dishes on the menu include Spatchcock Borders Grouse & Slip Soles caught off the coast of Peterhead. The restaurant is in a convenient location on Edinburgh’s George Street and TLE look forward to find out more about it post launch.
Address: 21-25 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PB
Phone: 0131 240 7177
Smith and Gertrude
A laid back cafe style atmosphere focusing on two of TLE’s favourite things, wine and cheese. Smith and Gertrude has been 5 years in the making and has taked influences from San Francisco and New York and is located in Edinburgh’s trendy Stockbridge area.
Address: 26 Hamilton Pl, Edinburgh EH3 5AU
Phone: 0131 629 6280
Leith Chop House
Leith Chop House, combines the classic British steakhouse with a cocktail bar and takes steak to a whole new level with their inhouse butchery and dry-aging fridges. 90 day hung steak is cooked and flavoured on an open charcoal grill, a winning formula for sure!
Address: 102 Constitution Street
Phone: 0131 629 1919
The Riparian Rooms (now closed)
The Riparian Rooms at the bottom of Broughton Street, champions a homegrown, Scottish menu. Newtown locals, Lynne and Neil have been searching for the perfect venue since 2006 and having found it, have assembled an impressive team, well versed in the best of Scottish cuisine. It’s an all day and all night restaurant so the menu caters for everything from a quick morning snack to a leisurely evening meal. Early reviews are encouraging, to say the least!
Address – 7-11 East London Street, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH7 4BN
Phone – 0131 556 6102
Web – theriparianrooms.co.uk
V Deep is the first foothold in Edinburgh (well Leith, to be exact), for the Singh Kohli brothers, Hardeep and Sanjeev. Hardeep is a Glasgwegian, a Celebrity Masterchef finalist, passionate about real Indian cooking. Sanjeev, (of Still Game fame) on the other hand, is all about the eating! He’s in this to support his brother, to eat some fab food and to ensure their customers are having as much fun as he is!
Address – 60 Henderson Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6DE
Phone – 0131 563 5293
Web – vdeep.co.uk
Anfora Wine Bar
Anfora Wine Bar, also recently opened in Leith, focuses first and foremost, on offering a diverse and interesting range of wines from small and independent producers. Second, and by no means an afterthought, they’re serving, as they describe it, “small or big plates of rich, gutsy, imaginative food”.
Address – 87a Giles Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6BZ
Phone – 0131 553 6914
Web – anforawinebar.co.uk
And finally Slighhouse Cocktail Bar & Restaurant, now serving an inspired array of tipples at 54 George 1V Bridge, Old Town. Slighhouses was the Scottish family home of James Hutton, the Father of Modern Geology and one of the key members of the Scottish Enlightenment. The emphasis here is on the drinks – classic cocktails with an enlightened twist – while the food (small plates and sharing dishes) encourages an atmosphere of Scottish conviviality from midday until late.
Address – 54–55 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EJ.
Telephone – 0131 225 6936
Web – slighhouse.com
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