107-109 St Leonard’s Street
0131 662 9349
Champions of seasonality, Aizle has a unique dining structure: with no menu, diners instead consult the blackboard to discover that month’s ‘harvest’. Using these changing ingredients, the talented chefs curate a fantastic five course culinary journey, presented with artistic grace and bursting with flavour.
Top Dish The beauty of Aizle is that there is no top dish. Instead, you are treated to something new with each visit.
35 Castle Terrace
0131 229 1222
With chef patron Dominic Jack at the helm, Castle Terrace presents its own style of British cooking merged with French accents, and modernised with an innovative spin on classic ingredients. Careful design brings an elegant and exciting look to Jack’s creative dishes, making for a beautifully memorable feast.
Top Dish The hand dived Orkney scallop is paired with curry sauce ‘Castle Terrace style’, for a fine dining twist on a late night favourite.
The Gardener’s Cottage
1 Royal Terrace Gardens
0131 558 1221
A sense of community drives The Gardener’s Cottage. With its long communal tables and cosy atmosphere, it feels more like dining in someone’s home than in a restaurant. Seasonality is at the forefront, with fresh vegetables and herbs from the house garden incorporated into clever dishes, all brought together in a social dining environment that encourages guests to enjoy the adventure together.
Top Dish The menu constantly changes, but treats like soup made with nettle and lovage from the restaurant garden often make an appearance.
50-54 Henderson Street
0131 629 2525
With a focus on foraging and sustainability, every meal at Norn is a unique exploration of Scotland’s natural larder. The finest seasonal ingredients are put together with plenty of creative flare, and served up by the chefs themselves. We recommend going for the 7-course taster menu – once it starts, you’ll never want it to end.
Top Dish While the menus constantly change with the seasons, their signature sourdough bread is a staple: made with a unique Orcadian beremeal, it’s worth the visit in itself.
36 Broughton Street
0131 466 9851
Put your trust in Seasons and dive into a one-of-a-kind tasting experience. Combining local Scottish ingredients with interesting additions from Scandinavia, head chef Michael Urry’s dishes are all about discovery, made even better by their carefully selected wine pairings.
Top Dish As the name suggests, the menu is dependant on the seasons, but look out for fresh local produce like rhubarb and wild nettle.
10 Lady Lawson Street
0131 221 1222
Complementing its natural, stripped back wooden warehouse interiors, the food style at Timberyard is all about rustic simplicity. They select the best seasonal ingredients, and let them shine. Choose from a four, six or eight course taster menu filled with local produce and enjoy the delicious ride.
Top Dish The duck breast and leg, served with carrot, tarragon and chard, uses simple flavours to create mind-blowing results.