1-3 Rutland Street, 0131 229 3402
NEAR Five minutes from the Usher Hall
After a massive revamp last year, The Rutland has emerged re-energised and ready to take on the glitzy leisure temples of George Street. From the basement nightclub to the ground floor style bar, it’s a fashionable operation, but the first floor restaurant is what really shines. Bold décor and great views of the castle and Princes Street are striking and the food will stick in the memory. Local produce, cooked with care and innovation means dishes like the pot-roasted Borders rabbit served with turnip and potato gratin, creamed Savoy cabbage, braising juices and Arran mustard. The puds are fab.