Restaurant at the Bonham
- Telephone 0131 226 6050
- Seasonal times Aug: Mon–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm; Sun 12.30–3pm, 5.30–9pm.
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–2.30pm, 6.30–10pm; Sun 12.30–3pm, 6.30–9pm. [Extended in Festival]
- Average price £12.50 (set lunch); £24 (evening meal)
- Website www.thebonham.com
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This review is taken from the 2013 edition.
Nestled in the grand streets of the West End, The Bonham is a boutique hotel located in an imposing row of Victorian townhouses. The dining room is a stylish and quiet setting, although the urban style that the hotel is striving for can sometimes feel staid and a bit too formal. The food created by chef Maciej Szymik, who has worked at Harvey Nichols Forth Floor Restaurant and Abstract, is impressive. There are some French influences but the main emphasis is to source great Scottish ingredients. West coast scallops with marinated langoustines and yuzu (an Asian citrus fruit) is a well-balanced and delicate dish, whereas slow-cooked pork belly, Stornoway black pudding and apple salad is hearty and succulent. Roasted hake served with mussels and capers is delicious, as is lamb shoulder with aubergine caviar and roasted garlic puree. Chocolate soufflé with coffee ice-cream is good, but poached rhubarb, custard butter cream and rhubarb sorbet is an exceptional dessert, served with vanilla macaroons that are out of this world.
- High point: A real find for great cooking
- Low point: Can lack atmosphere
- Private dining: Up to 30 covers
- No. overnight rooms: 49
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Aretha Franklin
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: 70
- Open since: 1998
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
- House wine: £19 per bottle