- Telephone 0845 22 21212 or 0131 523 1030
- Seasonal times Edinburgh Festival
- Food served Tue–Sat noon–1.45pm, 6.45–9.30pm [extended in Edinburgh Festival]. Closed Sun/Mon.
- Average price £22 (set lunch); £49/3 courses, £59/4 courses, £69/5courses – Fri & Sat 5 courses only £69 (set evening meal)
- Website www.21212restaurant.co.uk
Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms, where chef Paul Kitching's unique creativity shines through in every bonkers dish.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Since moving to Edinburgh in 2009, Paul Kitching has amused and bemused 21212’s customers in equal measure. For a start there’s the name, which comes from the number of options originally available for each course at dinner (although technically it should now be 31313). The chef’s creativity has won a host of accolades including the coveted Michelin star, and the restaurant with rooms has become one of the capital’s dining landmarks. But if there can be a sameness to many of the high-end restaurants in town, this place is genuinely different. On the surface, it might feel like the trappings are too ‘out there’, but once you get to the heart of the offer, it’s just great produce cooked really well, with a lot of imagination and flair. It’s certainly never boring. But the menu’s playfulness might need a bit of decoding. So here you get dishes called the likes of ‘ABC’ – asparagus beignet, chicken, crisp ‘salad cream’, 'garlic 1,2' and fresh romaine juice. Or perhaps ‘BBC’ – beef, beef corned, tender best fillet, Scottish roots on thyme, horseradish mayo and prune purée. There’s a tendency towards an excessive number of elements on the plate, but the extensive wine list is impressive, the staff are ebullient, and the food is both fun and delicious. It’s a winning combination, and it’s worth making the effort to understand it all.
- High point: High-end dining with a refreshing sense of humour
- Low point: A bit of background music would be nice
- Notable dish: Halibut ratatouille: 'tuna fish mayo', spinach, caviar, pinenuts feuilleté
21212 is an exclusive fine dining restaurant with rooms located in the heart of Edinburgh. Situated in a Grade A Listed Georgian Townhouse, the building has recently undergone a multi million pound transformation.The four beautifully appointed large bedrooms, with dedicated lounge areas, are split over the two upper levels of the house, offering commanding views over the gardens and the historic Calton Hill to the rear and stunning views of the city of Edinburgh to the front. On a clear day, bedrooms 1 and 21 also offer views to the Firth of Forth and beyond.Each bedroom's decor is different in theme and style and facilities include ensuite bathrooms with either a free-standing bath and walk-in shower or a specially designed wet room. Guests also have their own flat screen plasma television, and extensive storage spaces.
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- Private dining: 6 & 10 (two rooms)
- No. overnight rooms: 4
- Provides: Children's portions, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Silence
- Capacity: 36
- Largest group: 6
- Open since: 2009
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £34 per bottle
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