Charming and well-established neighbourhood bistro that knows its own mind and has a dedicated following of locals and foodies.
Tucked away in Edinburgh’s Southside, Blonde’s interior is simple and bright with natural wood, cream tones, large windows and bold artwork. Crowd-pleasing lunch and dinner menus include plenty of varied options. There's Scottish favourites, such as Stornoway black pudding and veggie haggis, and European influences with the likes of gnocchi and risotto. Cured salmon on a bed of beetroot and wholegrain spelt creates a vibrant starter with interesting textures. A main of grilled Aberdeen Angus ribeye steak comes rare just as ordered, accompanied by simple lemon and chilli butter, garlic field mushrooms and green beans, rightly leaving the meat centre stage. To finish, poached pear alongside a rhubarb and ginger sorbet encased in a brandy basket with masala chai syrup, is everything you want after a hearty steak; aromatic, light and refreshing. Like the food, the wine list is varied and wallet friendly. Friendly unobtrusive staff are very accommodating towards special dietary requirements.
- Private dining: 12-14
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Easy-going background music
- Capacity: 70
- Largest group: 70
- Open since: 2000
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- House wine: £15.95 per bottle
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