The Apartment Bistro

The Apartment Bistro
7–13 Barclay Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4HW
  • Telephone 0131 228 6456
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–10pm. Closed Sun.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 5–10pm
  • Pre-theatre price £14
  • Email
  • Website www.apartmentrestaurant.com
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The old guard of Bruntsfield's bistros, the Apartment is affordable, affable and atmospheric.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Clocking in an impressive two decades, the Apartment set something of a precedent in the now stiffly competitive Bruntsfield/Tollcross area. It’s changed remarkably little in 20 years; it looked hip in ‘99, and it looks hip now, staying true to timeless touches like natural materials, low lighting and splashes of warm colour. It’s also stayed true to an uncomplicated bistro-style menu, with an occasional bell or whistle to keep diners interested. A starter of crunchy haggis fritters with sweet apple jam and a main of beef brisket soused in rich liquor both steal the spotlight in the affordable prix fixe menu, while à la carte specials might include barbary duck breast with kimchi and crunchy green beans. Sometimes it seems that the kitchen hasn’t kept up with the times; the duck arrives as a slightly 90s shade of pale pink and there’s a distinct lack of pear in a pear and chicory salad, but a with a bit of forward direction there’s no reason the Apartment won’t be happily with us in 2039.

The List's rating
6.6

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Will Bain visited The Apartment Bistro on 17 January 2019
  • High point: A strong line of inexpensive set menus
  • Low point: Some of the cooking could use a touch more enthusiasm
  • Notable dish: Slow cooked beef brisket, roast vegetables, white wine, butter & saffron potatoes
  • Average price: £14 (set lunch); £26 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 20 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 1999
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £16.90 per bottle