- Telephone 0131 477 8477
- Opening times Mon–Thu & Sun 10am–8.30pm; Fri & Sat 10am–9pm. Closed
- Seasonal times Open for lunch and Sunday dinner only during the Festival
- Food served Sun–Thu noon–7.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–9pm.
- Average price £9.95 (set lunch); £18 (evening meal)
- Website www.amber-restaurant.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2015) edition.
Named for the warm hues of Scotland’s national drink, Amber is tucked away inside the basement of the Scotch Whisky Experience (and right next to a bar serving over 300 varieties of it). By day, the restaurant caters for guests on the popular whisky tours; in the evening, spotlights are dimmed, candles lit and tables set to signal the switch to dinner. Just as the tours encourage visitors to sample whisky from all over Scotland, Amber’s menu is set up for a similar gastronomic journey – there’s even a map showing where key ingredients are sourced. Starters might take in Rothesay smoked salmon, Perthshire game terrine and Isle of Mull mussels – or bite-size portions of each as ‘Scottish tapas’. Hearty staples like haggis, stovies or Cullen skink are great value, while more refined mains could include roast venison, guinea fowl or cod. The quality of such stellar ingredients shines through, despite the occasional flavour mismatch or heavy-handed sauce. And let’s not forget the all-important whisky: matches for any course are readily provided by the knowledgeable and friendly staff.
- High point: Offers good value for money in the touristy Royal Mile area
- Low point: Struggles to shake off the daytime cafe feel at night
- Notable dish: Venison with spiced red cabbage and potato royale
- Private dining: 60/80
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Scottish folk
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 80
- Open since: 2002
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £16.50 per bottle
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