Metro Brasserie and Café Bar

Metro Brasserie and Café Bar
Apex International Hotel, 31–35 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HS
  • Telephone 0845 365 0002
  • Opening times Mon–Sun 11am–11pm.
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 8am–1am
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–5pm; 6–10pm
  • Average price £14.50 (set lunch); £19 (evening meal)
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Metro Brasserie fills the barn-like ground and basement floors of the Apex City Hotel in buzzing Grassmarket. Ground-floor diners eat at small window tables with views of the castle, while the basement level seems reserved for larger hen or birthday parties. The lengthy menu is a list of starter, meat, fish, veggie and dessert ‘bowls’. A starter of haggis, neeps and tatties comes with a mustard and whisky sauce, while a bowl of small mussels is barely full enough to satisfy. There’s little else to inspire: a sirloin steak arrives cold and topped with yellowy watercress, while a middle rib of beef is more raw than rare. A side order of thick-cut chips with sea salt turns out to be floury caterpack fries, while desserts of sticky toffee pudding and mascarpone cheesecake have a distinctly bought-in feel. Metro Brasserie’s reasonably priced set menus attract plenty of large groups and passing tourists looking to load up before a night on the town, but the kitchen really needs to take fewer shortcuts.

  • High point: Great views of the castle and Grassmarket
  • Low point: Lazy cooking and shortcut food

Metro Brasserie & Bar is an cool and uncluttered restaurant split over three levels in Edinburgh's Apex International Hotel. Overlooking the historic Grassmarket, the bright interior with its timber-lined ceiling and blue slate floor has a relaxed, informal ambience. The menu offers various classic and contemporary brasserie dishes, with several prix fixe options and one for children.

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  • Private dining: 56/60/70
  • No. overnight rooms: 174
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Bland muzak
  • Capacity: 100
  • Largest group: 110–160
  • Open since: 2000
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle