This restaurant has ceased trading.

2b Jamaica Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6HH
  • Telephone 0131 476 5333
  • Opening times Tue–Sun noon–1am Closed Sun–Wed.
  • Bar open Thu–Sat 5.30–10.30pm.
  • Food served Thu–Sat 5.30–9pm.
  • Average price £15 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.theiglu.com
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Tucked away in a cobbled side street, Iglu’s snug bar offers a welcome refuge from town centre crowds. Mullioned windows, exposed stonework and sturdy wooden furniture give it an almost farmhouse feel, in keeping with the chatty and informal service. With the upstairs restaurant currently out of action, the bar has stepped in to offer a simplified menu, which nevertheless stays true to the local, organic and sustainable trail Iglu has blazed since opening – and it’s now almost entirely gluten-free. All of which points to a menu devoid of the usual suspects like burgers and nachos; instead you’ll find a small but well thought-out offering of platters, polenta and pies. A mix-and-match starter of crispy polenta squares topped with goat’s cheese or garlic mushrooms proves a filling innovation. Hearty mains include a daily risotto and individual pot pies topped with mash: the Cullen skink version is particularly successful. Organic wines, Scottish craft beers, gins and artisanal liqueurs from Demijohn on Victoria Street complete the offbeat line-up. It’s a welcome break from the ordinary, and heaven for those with special dietary needs.

  • High point: Inventive dishes that make the most of limited cooking facilities
  • Low point: Pared-back menu equals fewer choices
  • Notable dish: Cullen Skink Potato Pie
  • Average price: £15 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Funk & soul
  • Capacity: 24
  • Largest group: 8
  • Open since: 2001
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
  • House wine: £18 per bottle