- Telephone 0131 226 3131
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–11pm.
- Average price £13 (lunch); £22 (evening meal)
This review is taken from the current (2014) edition.
It’s worth grabbing a table here for the view from those oversized rear windows alone – watching the sun dip behind the rooftops of the Grassmarket, the hulking mass of Edinburgh Castle looming in the background, is a magical sight, whether you’re a wide-eyed tourist or a hardened local. Plying its trade in the heart of the Old Town for more than a decade, The Outsider still has a buzz about it, with clatter and chatter bouncing around its mezzanine level and high-ceilinged main room complete with cute, corner cubbyhole table. Good Scottish produce infuses a menu with built-in comfort factor: a fresh-as-a-daisy trout salad, tender rabbit leg on barley risotto, or fall-off-the bone duck confit with a tomatoey cassoulet, dotted with spicy merguez sausage. Plum and limoncello tart is a real home-style crowdpleaser, and a chocolate pâvé with hints of cardamom is an indulgent treat that presses all the right buttons.
- High point: Feel like king of the castle with that killer view
- Low point: Well-meaning service can stray at peak times
- Notable dish: Confit duck leg with merguez cassoulet
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Not audible above noise of diners
- Capacity: 110
- Largest group: 12
- Open since: 2002
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- House wine: £18.60 per bottle
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