- Telephone 0131 556 2231
- Bar open Mon–Sat noon–2pm, 6–11pm; Sun 6–11pm.
- Food served Mon–Sun 6–9.30pm.
- Average price £15.90 (set lunch); £32 (evening meal)
- Website www.stacpolly.com
Good old hearty Scottish dining slap-bang in the middle of the the New Town.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
This rustic Alpine style restaurant with terracotta flooring, stone walls and old-fashioned prints on the walls offers a cosy contrast to the stylishness of the New Town above. It’s a popular spot with tourists, offering up a traditional menu complete with typical Scottish ingredients that include scallops, Loch Fyne oysters, lamb and beef. It’s not too bad for vegetarians either, with a couple of starters to choose from including a healthy-sized, but not particularly flavoursome, vegetable cake in breadcrumbs with a red onion, coriander and lemon salsa. Bite-sized baked filo parcels of haggis are a good starter for those looking to dip their toe into Scotland’s controversial traditional dish. Mains are a step up with a tasty red quinoa and fennel stew rather oddly accompanied by steamed broccoli, roast potatoes and a blood-orange aioli, while the dish of the house is a well-cooked pink in the middle fillet of Aberdeen Angus beef. Desserts are a mixed bag: the highlight is an enormous dark chocolate teardrop, bursting at the seams with a strawberry and mascarpone mousse.
- High point: Uncomplicated, traditional typical Scottish dishes
- Low point: It’s beginning to look a little 1990s
- Notable dish: Fillet of Aberdeen Angus Beef
- Private dining: 30/55
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Casual background music
- Capacity: 95
- Largest group: 95
- Open since: 1990
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £19.75 per bottle