A sophisticated, understated venue with a creative menu that lives up to the culinary neighbourhood.
Holding its own in one of Edinburgh's most successfully foodie streets, Iris has a sleek, calm, understated atmosphere. The lighting is low, the wood surrounds are dark, the seating is comfy … but don’t drift off because the menu deserves your attention. Seared king scallops are anointed with a mellow carrot purée which balances the sweetness of the carmelised shellfish. Slow cooked Ibérico pig cheek melds with puy lentils and kohlrabi to create a satisfying pseudo-cassoulet. Pheasant supreme stuffed with apricots is temptingly soothing, while the baked salmon fillet on chorizo, broad beans and courgettes makes for satisfying eating. Pleasingly the whole boneless sea bass with hot ginger and lemongrass prawns has a clean, fresh heat that doesn’t overwhelm the delicacy of the fish. Puddings offer variety, from a deep chocolate beetroot cake with orange cream perfumed with cardamom; to a delicate slice of tart lemon and ginger baked cheesecake; or crunchy mounds of pistachio meringue with tangy lime cream. A canny wine list offers both interest and good value, rounding out a truly satisfying meal.
- High point: Contributes to Thistle Street's culinary expertise with style
- Low point: Vegetarians need some of this action
- Notable dish: Seared king scallops with carrot purée
- Private dining: Up to 20 covers
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Pre-theatre menu
- Music on stereo: Jazz
- Capacity: 64
- Largest group: 64
- Open since: 2007
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
- House wine: £17 per bottle