North Bridge Brasserie
- Telephone 0131 622 2900
- Opening times Sun–Thu 11am–11pm; Fri/Sat 11–1am
- Bar open Mon–Thu 10am–midnight; Fri/Sat 10am–1am; Sun 10am–midnight.
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–2pm, 5.30–10pm.
- Average price £23 (evening meal)
- Website www.northbridgebrasserie.com
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
A century ago, the marble columns, plush wood panelling and ornate cornicing of this grand room were privy to some fair old wrangles, as canny businessmen haggled with the Scotsman newspaper’s clerks over ad rates. Nowadays, there’s much less for visitors to quibble about. Combining elements of French, Scottish and modern British cuisine with colourful presentation, the finished product is hard to argue with. Scallops, baby turnips and a chestnut and artichoke puree is simple, earthy goodness. Venison loin with root vegetable pavé and a neat cabbage stuffed with haggis similarly impresses, while hot dark chocolate mousse and toasted marshmallow ice-cream suggests an eye for the persuasive pudding. There’s no bragging about the provenance of ingredients, but the evidence isn’t hard to spot: mackerel landed in Aberdeen, shellfish from Skye and Gressingham duck, alongside curly kale and celeriac, point towards a consideration for local, seasonal produce. Scotland’s bountiful drinks cabinet is raided to good effect too: Glenfiddich, Hendrick’s and West’s St Mungo beer switch codes from glass to plate, adding intrigue and depth of flavour. And the house wines offer good value, featuring more unusual grape varieties to tempt (or force) the casual quaffer out of their comfort zone.
- High point: The attention paid to the details, like wine served at the right temperature
- Low point: Only offers lounge menu at lunchtime
North Bridge Brasserie & Bar is set in The Scotsman Hotel, one of Edinburgh’s leading luxury hotels and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. The hotel occupies the former offices of The Scotsman newspaper, which inhabited the building for nearly a century. North Bridge Brasserie & Bar is set in the newspaper’s former marble reception hall and access to it is through the building’s original main door.
Tables are set in intimate coves and booths on the ground floor as well as around the walls of the gallery level. A stunningly contemporary steel staircase connects the two floors. In the centre of the room flanked on each side by four imposing marble pillars lies the modern cocktail and wine bar.
The menu consists of modern Scottish dishes with a focus on seafood and fresh local produce.
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- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- Private dining: Variety of options within hotel
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Easy listening & lounge
- Capacity: 90
- Largest group: Seven for à la carte; eight or more is restricted choice (3+3+3); 16+ is set menu.
- Open since: 2001
- House wine: £17.95 per bottle
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