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75 St Leonard's Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9QR
  • Telephone 0131 668 2917
  • Seasonal times Hours usually extended during Festival and festive period
  • Food served Mon 6–9pm; Tue–Sat noon–2.30pm, 6–10pm; Sun noon–2.30pm, 6–9pm.
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Popular well-established neighbourhood bistro offering a good choice for vegetarians, meat and fish lovers alike.

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It’s testament to the quality of the menu at Blonde that despite being slightly off the beaten track, is busy most nights. It’s been around since the turn of the millennium and retains a loyal clientele who enjoy its straightforward modern Scottish cuisine. Croquettes of Stornoway black pudding and haggis make a tasty starter with a rich dark fruity sauce, and a similar veggie version is available filled with tofu and a lighter carrot and cumin relish. Owner Imelda McCafferty’s commitment to inclusive eating is apparent with a good choice of vegetarian mains, such as an aubergine and spinach flavoured dhal with quinoa, and a whole vegan menu on request. Alternatively, a lovely sea bass fillet is unusually set on a salmon and green pea macaroni, while a rich confit of duck comes with an intense red wine and mustard gravy, soft gooey mash and red cabbage. The banana and walnut pudding with nutmeg ice-cream is a yummy finish.

The List's rating






Susan Smith visited Blonde on 13 March 2019
  • High point: Good all-rounder offering a twist on Scottish classics
  • Low point: The room is beginning to feel a tiny bit dated
  • Notable dish: Confit of duck
  • Average price: £12.90 (set lunch); £23 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 12-14
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Classical mix
  • Capacity: 70
  • Largest group: 70
  • Open since: 2000
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle

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