Olive Branch Bistro
- Telephone 0131 557 8589
- Seasonal times Extended hours in Edinburgh Festival
- Food served Mon–Thu noon–10pm; Fri noon–11pm; Sat/Sun 10am–11pm.
- Pre-theatre times 10% off for those with theatre or cinema tickets
- Average price £18 (lunch); £22 (evening meal)
- Website www.theolivebranchscotland.co.uk
Independent bistro with a spicy Mediterranean vibe that punches well above its weight.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
With its prime corner site, The Olive Branch offers a fishbowl view of Broughton Street through its large plate glass windows. Daylight floods in, and if warm and sunny the outside tables are snapped up quick, but by night it manages to feel quite cosy and candle-lit. The boxy interior with its exposed brickwork and wooden floor might suggest a bistro chain, but it’s an independent, family-run restaurant. This comes through in the quality of the cooking and a short, inspired menu, boosted by specials on a blackboard. Starters range from marinated olives to soups, salads and a beetroot-stained gravadlax on a bed of rocket. Among the generous mains, a tangy short rib beef with honey and soy sauce is particularly moreish as is the spiced Moroccan couscous. Though the wine list and relative dearth of craft beers could be improved, this is a fine neighbourhood bistro doing the simple things well.
- High point: The spicy Mediterranean vibe in the kitchen
- Low point: The slightly uninspired drinks list
- Notable dish: Sticky honey and soy short rib beef
- Delivery: £2 Deliveroo
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Post-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Indie folk (Belle & Sebastian)
- Capacity: 38
- Largest group: 20
- Open since: 2003
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
- House wine: £15.75 per bottle