The Grain Store
- Telephone 0131 225 7635
- Seasonal times Festival: open until 11pm.
- Food served Mon–Fri noon–2pm, 6–10pm; Sat noon–3pm, 6–10pm; Sun 6–10pm.
- Average price £14 (set lunch); £38 (evening meal)
- Website www.grainstore-restaurant.co.uk
Full-bodied Scottish flavours abound in this renowned Old Town eatery.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Oysters, foie gras, pheasant, venison, halibut and lamb – the Grain Store lays out the finest Scottish produce on a menu set to impress. Its candle-lit nooks and crannies, traditional furnishings and a sprinkling of fairy lights creates a special atmosphere for intimate romantic liaisons or cosy family gatherings. It’s no surprise that this is one of Edinburgh’s oldest Scottish restaurants, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016. Given its location on one of the city’s most picturesque streets, it could easily rest on its laurels, but head chef and co-owner Carlo Coxon certainly can’t be accused of that; his skills are as fresh and modern today as ever. Crispy roasted pork belly beautifully complements seared king scallops as soft and smooth as butter. A tender saddle of lamb, crisp on the outside, is supported by a subtle chorus of devilled kidney, kale and glazed carrots. Despite appearances there’s nothing over-powering or heavy about this menu, so a light tarte tatin makes a fantastic finale. Quite simply, the Grain Store remains one of the city’s finest restaurants.
- High point: Beautiful food in a lovely atmosphere
- Low point: High prices - but there's a great-value lunch menu
- Notable dish: Saddle of Borders lamb
- Private dining: 10/12
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs
- Music on stereo: Relaxed instrumental jazz
- Capacity: 45
- Largest group: 45
- Open since: 1991
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- House wine: £19.95 per bottle