Hellers Kitchen

Hellers Kitchen
15 Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SL
  • Telephone 0131 667 4654
  • Opening times Mon–Wed 9am–8pm; Thu 9am–9pm; Sat 9am–10pm; Sun 10am–8pm.
  • Seasonal times Mon–Thu 9am–8pm; Fri–Sat 9am–9pm; Sun 10am–4pm. (Winter hours)
  • Food served Mon–Sat 9am–10pm; Sun 10am–8pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5–7pm
  • Average price (set lunch); £17 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £11.95 (2 courses) £14.50 (3 courses)
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  • Website www.hellerskitchen.co.uk

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Hellers Kitchen
Eating & Drinking Guide

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Hardworking husband and wife team Richard and Michelle Heller serve a full range of breakfast dishes, meet lunchtime demand, then set up for evening service. And just in case there is a quiet moment, they also run a successful outside catering business. At first glance, the dinner menu on the restaurant’s website appears to offer a selection of tried and tested bistro favourites. In reality, the specials board that dominates the wall in the upper area of the two-tiered layout is where the chef’s talents are most evident. Possible starters include a haggis crepe in a rich whisky sauce, a combination of flavours that exhibit the skills at work in the kitchen. Among main course specials could be a shin of beef so tender that it falls apart at the touch of a fork, and served in a red wine sauce with dauphinoise potatoes and crunchy vegetables. And desserts include hardy favourites like apple and raspberry crumble with a hint of cinnamon – comfort food to conclude an impressively executed meal.

  • High point: Comfortable surroundings and skill in the kitchen
  • Low point: You don’t get a true impression of the menu from the website
  • Notable dish: Haggis crepe in a whisky sauce
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu
  • Music on stereo: Contemporary
  • Capacity: 44
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £15 per bottle

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6. Hungry From Edinburgh16 Mar 2013, 1:01pm1 star Hellers Kitchen Report

Not worth the money. The food is good, but the portions small, and the place is cold. Even with the offer of the free main course, two mains, starters and drinks for one (I was driving) the final bill came to £60. Factor in the free main and this would have been a £75 bill. Add wine for two £85 / £ 90. Shocking.

My starter of scallops was two scallops the rack of lamb came from a very "wee timid beastie", and my partners sea bass must have been landed illegally because fish that small are usually tossed back into the sea. The vegetable portions were also small, no complimentary bread was offered and the service slow.

This is Edinburghs problem all over. Restaurants take customers for granted. For that kind of money you can eat midweek in Edinburgh for less at better establishments. Yes the chef can cook, and the staff friendly, but the management need to have a chat with themselves. NOT GOOD ENOUGH....and thats a shame.

Upon arriving home I needed a sandwich just to break even. AVOID

5. hiker20 Aug 2012, 9:59am4 stars Hellers Kitchen Report

We went to this restaurant last night. I liked the clean lines of restaurant, modern, light and good lighting. I didn't like the *comfy* chairs at the table for two, too low and didn't support my back sufficiently to eat comfortably at the table.

We shared a squid ailio starter, I was impressed that the ailio was made in the kitchen and not out of a bottle. It was a pleasant starter with a good variation on the salad, sliced red cabbage, fine lettuce, thinly sliced tomatoes.

We went on to sirloin steak each. Good sized portions, the rare was slightly overcooked and the medium rare slightly underdone. I like the chips, with skins on, more like roast potatoes. adequate garnish.

The panna cotta was delicious. Nice touch with the rhubarb, little biscuit and jelly.

Wine was good too. All in all good food not overly fussed with in pleasant surroundings.

4. weebarbie17 Jun 2012, 12:34pm2 stars Hellers Kitchen Report

Visited for a Father's Day breakfast. Waited 50 mins for food. Service poor. Waitress rude. Breakfast nothing special - pancakes average. Expected better for the price. Very very disappointed.

3. Mrs Foodie8 Aug 2010, 10:12am Report

Specifically went here for breakfast on a Sat morning due to recommendation in List.
My OH had the full breakfast which he enjoyed and I had the frittata (large and tasty). Service was friendly and efficient - asking if we wanted our drinks before or with food and serving 3 tables in a row with water (note to other restaurants: efficiency = faster service).
The combination of food and service meant that it has been one of our best breakfast experiences so we would go out of our way to return there rather than return to some of the well known establishments in Morningside/Bruntsfield whose breakfast service can be a bit slow/ropey at weekends.

2. JackCosmy22 Jul 2010, 7:36pm3 stars Hellers Kitchen Report

Two days ago I had dinner there with my girlfriend: lovely little place and very friendly staff!

Nevertheless, it took more than an hour for our main courses to arrive, and the place wasn't even full. The waitress politely apologized, but still... we were about to eat the table (not good for a date, huh?).

Starter was a tray of home-made bread. Amazing, but still... plain bread.
My fish course was very well cooked, but a tiny portion. And I don't think that when my girlfriend asked for a "well done" steak, she meant "burnt".
The desserts, on the other hand, were very good and pretty solid wine selection.

We have mixed feeling about this place: I think it deserves another shot, but this time for lunch/brunch.

Oh: always remember to book in advance!

1. Foodie Fan7 Aug 2009, 12:24am5 stars Hellers Kitchen Report

What a great find! A bit of the beaten track but well worth heading away from the city centre for. Had a lunch with friends and all four of us greatly enjoyed it, lovely food (delicious homemade cakes too!) attentive, friendly staff and buzzy atmosphere, huge specials board too.
Only slight drawback was that it was very warm in the restaurant, this may have only been because of the sunny day outside though...
Will be back and have recommended to all my friends, thanks for a great time.

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