The Scottish Café
- Telephone 0131 226 6524
- Opening times Mon–Sat 9am–5.30pm; Thu 9am–7pm; Sun 10am–5.30pm.
- Food served Mon–Wed, Fri/Sat 9am–5.30pm; Thu 9am–7pm; Sun 10am–5.30pm.
- Average price £16 (set lunch); £12 (evening meal)
- Website www.thescottishcafeandrestaurant.com
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Nestled in the basement of the National Gallery of Scotland, the Scottish Café and Restaurant exudes professionalism from start to finish. Husband and wife team Victor and Carina Contini run a tight ship for a good mix of tourists and locals. Smart staff and efficient table service provide a touch of class, and the fine menus offer plenty of choice. While the restaurant serves more substantial fare (see the Scottish section for a separate entry), the café offers some lighter options along the lines of sharing platters, sandwiches, soups and homemade pâtés. Produce and ingredients are predominantly Scotland-sourced: traditional Aberdeen butteries come topped with Lanark blue cheese or Edinburgh-smoked bacon. Fragrant, fleshy olives in salads and delicious aromatic coffee add some expert touches to the dining experience and, to top it all, there’s a charming display of cakes to choose from.
- High point: Seasonal produce, locally sourced
- Low point: Book ahead to avoid disappointment
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
- Private dining: 70 seated in restaurant
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz
- Capacity: 250 (150+ cafe)
- Largest group: 250
- Open since: 2009
- House wine: £16.45 per bottle
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