- Telephone 0131 477 8477
- Opening times Mon–Thu & Sun 10am–8.30pm; Fri & Sat 10am–9pm.
- Seasonal times Festival: open for lunch and Sunday dinner
- Food served Sun–Thu noon–7.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–9pm.
- Average price £9.95 (set lunch); £23 (evening meal)
- Website www.amber-restaurant.co.uk
Not just for whisky lovers, this relaxed spot serves classic Scottish dishes, with the occasional contemporary twist
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Within the basement of The Scotch Whisky Experience, the hue of Scotland’s favourite tipple dominates the colour palate of this unpretentious, rustic dining space. With bare brick walls and pale oak flooring, the dimmed lights and flickering candles of the restaurant are at odds with the incandescence of the adjoining bar; both tourists and locals alike gravitating like moths towards the 400 or so bottles of whisky lining its walls. The lunch menu showcases meat, cheese and seafood platters as well as Scottish tapas – appealing finger-food for those who’ve just finished a whisky tour upstairs – while the evening service is more focussed on group bookings and family get-togethers. Scottish produce is to the fore on a menu including traditional favourites all served in wee pots as alternatives to starters: Cullen skink, haggis and warming lamb stovies, the meat meltingly tender. Orkney sirloin steak is served with dauphinoise potatoes and wild mushrooms, while baked halibut with herb dumplings is enhanced by a creamy bisque sauce. Desserts, however, can seem a bit of an afterthought.
- High point: Whisky pairings suggested by knowledgeable staff
- Low point: Occasional timing issues in the kitchen
- Notable dish: Lamb stovies
- Private dining: Up to 30 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Easy listening
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 80
- Open since: 2002
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £17 per bottle