The Gateway Restaurant
- Telephone 0131 552 2674
- Food served Mon–Sun 10am–5.15pm.
- Average price £13.95 (set lunch)
- Website www.gatewayrestaurant.net
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
There's a tranquil feel to the Gateway Restaurant located upstairs in the John Hope Gateway Centre, a biodiversity and information centre in Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Gardens. Set in a long, bright room, the lovely interior features leaf-green ceilings, solid wood furnishings and polished floors, which all complements the beautiful view of layered trees, uphill walkways and bright flowerbeds. The menu contains staple Scottish favourites over breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, a popular option among groups. For starters, curls of smoked salmon are enlivened by drizzles of basil oil and spots of crème-fraîche. The delectable cock-a-leekie terrine is a blend of onions, chicken and garlic and is uplifted by spicy apple chutney. A beef burger of impressive size arrives on a thick oat bun with hand-cut chips. A dish of tagliatelle contains thick coins of chorizo and juicy prawns, but is let down by a rather bland tomato sauce. Thin and silky pancakes with raspberry compote are cheered up by dashes of nutmeg. It’s a picturesque place to linger over coffee after a strenuous walk round the gardens.
- High point: Impressive building and views
- Low point: Views superior to cuisine
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- Private dining: Up to 40 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Live music, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Light, relaxing jazz
- Capacity: 140
- Largest group: 140
- Open since: 2009
- House wine: £15.95 per bottle
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