The Scottish Café and Restaurant
- Telephone 0131 226 6524
- Food served Mon–Wed, Fri/Sat 9am–5.30pm; Thu 9am–7pm; Sun 10am–5.30pm.
- Average price £16.95 (set lunch)
- Website www.thescottishcafeandrestaurant.com
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Enter the Scottish Café and Restaurant beneath the National Gallery of Scotland and you're not going to be short of choice. For a start, are you just looking for a coffee, a snack or a lighter bite? If so, ask for the café menu (covered by an entry in our Arts Venues & Attractions section). If you're after something a bit more substantial, allow the warm, informal staff to guide you to the upper tables with their sweeping views of Princes Street Gardens. Then settle in for some brilliantly sourced and imaginatively prepared cuisine in a restaurant that cares way more than it needs to. The list of suppliers that's proudly posted by the entrance reads like a who’s who of Scottish sourcing – and they don’t just plonk Scotland’s finest down on a plate either. North-east butteries make a dish as unlikely as it is satisfying, laced with chunks of Lanark blue cheese and East Lothian pumpkin. Mains feature arguably Edinburgh’s most authentic Cullen skink and Burnside Farm venison spiced with a cauliflower cumin puree and foraged lovage – it's no surprise, really, that their award credits include a top three-star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association. The wine list is about the only thing that isn’t local, but if global warming kicks off viniculture in East Lothian, the chances are this place will be the first to offer its wines.
- High point: Brilliantly sourced larder with some creative cooking too.
- Low point: Not open for dinner.
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
- 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: East listening jazz
- Capacity: 100 (café), 70 (restaurant)
- Largest group: 100
- Open since: 2009
- House wine: £16.45 per bottle
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Picnic at the Scottish Kitchen Garden
Meet at the Scottish Cafe and Restaurant then make your way to the Scottish Kitchen Gardens where Head Gardener Erica Randall explains the fruit and veg growing, before there's a picnic in the polytunnel. Booking is essential.
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