- Telephone 0131 226 3131
- Opening times Daily: noon–11pm.
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–11pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun noon–7pm.
- Average price £12 (lunch); £22 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £7 main course specials
- Website www.theoutsiderrestaurant.com
Classy, confident cooking served in a casual bistro with sharp service
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Given its location, The Outsider could just rely on passing trade: to its credit, it doesn't. Plenty of thought has gone into both menu and how to make the most of this large, open space. Clever use of spot-lights and candles means, despite high ceilings, there’s a cosy feel amidst the dark charcoal walls, and if you manage to nab a seat by the far windows there are spectacular views of the castle. The lunchtime specials are deservedly popular and good value. In the evening, among the ‘chunky healthy lines’, you can expect to find lamb balls with merguez, covered in harissa sauce which adds a spicy Moroccan edge, while steamed mussels are plump and tender with an accompanying tin of chips. Star among puddings is lemon sorbet with a shot of icy vodka. There are some well-chosen wines from Great Grog, a nice range of cordials, but just two or three craft beers.
- High point: Brilliant use of space
- Low point: Rammed during the Festival
- Notable dish: Lemon sorbet & frozen Russian vodka
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Laid-back grooves
- Capacity: 110
- Largest group: 10 at weekend, 30 mid-week
- Open since: 2002
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
- House wine: £16.60 per bottle