Harvey Nichols, 30-34 St Andrew Square, 0131 524 8350
NEAR Five minutes to Assembly Rooms
With views across the city skyline, very professional staff and a good wine list, Harvey Nicks has a lot going for it. In the restaurant, head chef Stuart Muir rustles up meals such as the baked North Sea turbot with salt cod fritters, spiced cherry tomato chutney and wilted spinach. The brasserie menu is simpler and correspondingly cheaper. On a sunny afternoon, the balcony is a great place for a steak frites. They are pretty nifty with a cocktail shaker as well.