- Telephone 0845 22 21212 or 0131 523 1030
- Food served Tue–Sat noon–1.45pm, 6.45–9.30pm. Closed Sun/Mon. [Extended in Festival].
- Average price £28, £38 for 4, £52 for 5 (set lunch); £68/five courses (set evening meal)
- Website www.21212restaurant.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
The name 21212 derives from its unusual menu concept, offering two choices for starter, main and dessert interspersed with soup and cheese (you can choose to have three, four or five courses). However, what’s truly original is chef Paul Kitching’s style of cooking. Each dish is composed of many carefully mingled elements: a kind of symphony in food. Marrakesh chicken, for instance, melds slices of breast and leg meat with a spoonful of spicy baked egg, prunes, a curl of crispy bacon, seared courgette slivers, fennel puree and saffron pancake. Even simple vegetable soup turns out to be a multi-layered truffly broth with tiny perfect veggies peeking under a leek foam. This artful flair is mirrored in the restaurant’s elegant styling, the Georgian splendour of Royal Terrace enhanced with veiled walls, curving banquettes and statement lighting. Upstairs, there’s a private dining room and more intimate ‘Pod’ seating six in white leather luxury around a pink marble table. Service is relaxed and friendly, with a modern interpretation on everything from napkins to coffee. Savour every detail as you will every mouthful.
- High point: Occasion restaurant with panache and playfulness
- Low point: Think twice if simplicity is your thing
21212 is an exclusive fine dining restaurant with rooms located in the heart of Edinburgh. Sitauted in a Grade A Listed Georgian Townhouse, the building has recently undergone a multi million pound transformation.The four beautifully appointed large bedrooms, with dedicated lounge areas, are split over the two upper levels of the house, offering commanding views over the gardens and the historic Calton Hill to the rear and stunning views of the city of Edinburgh to the front. On a clear day, bedrooms 1 and 21 also offer views to the Firth of Forth and beyond.Each bedroom's decor is different in theme and style and facilities include ensuite bathrooms with either a free-standing bath and walk-in shower or a specially designed wet room. Guests also have their own flat screen plasma television, and extensive storage spaces.
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- Number of wines sold by the glass: 17
- Private dining: 6 & 10 (two rooms)
- No. overnight rooms: 4
- Provides: Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: No stereo (radio in the kitchen may be audible - generally soft Classic FM)
- Capacity: 36
- Largest group: 10
- Open since: 2009
- House wine: £23 per bottle
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