61 High Street, 0131 557 0330
NEAR Five minutes from Pleasance Courtyard
Quirky styling and a sense of humour makes Monteiths stand out on the Royal Mile. Half funky bar, half proper restaurant, it serves grown-up dishes like this starter of seared quails breast, cep stuffed leg, fennel and pea sprout salad. The serious intent of the kitchen is matched with a playful décor that includes a spider lamp made with several Anglepoise lights, clear Perspex seats and a 3D paper stag head. It’s a sister operation to the West End’s fashionable Sygn bar.