6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH
  • Telephone 0131 623 1752
  • Seasonal times Sun hours extended to 10am–10pm during Edinburgh Festival
  • Food served Mon–Sat 10am–10pm; Sun noon–5pm.
  • Pre-theatre times 5–7pm
  • Average price £13 (lunch); £21 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £14 for two courses; £18 for three courses
  • Email
  • Website www.spoonedinburgh.co.uk

Good-humoured eatery with casual all-day dining and chilled-out service delivering simply prepared bistro classics.

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Overlooking the Festival Theatre, Spoon’s funky first-floor room evokes hints of a 1970’s sitcom set , with décor that is a wonderful work in progress. An eclectic range of mismatched furniture is interspersed with frilly lampshades, flocked wallpaper and a backdrop of quirky curios and long-forgotten artwork. The experienced kitchen draws on a broad range of influences, with simply prepared bistro classics, big on flavour and respectful of season. Blueberry waffles and a popular mixed grill feature on an all-day breakfast offer, with a splendid Sunday roast as well as weekend brunch staples like eggs benedict and Arbroath smokies. Afternoon coffee and cake complements a fairly focused daytime menu, showcasing home-smoked ham hock with pickled beetroot, and ginger-cured salmon with pea shoots and apple. As daytime stretches into evening, slow-cooked lamb flank with butter bean purée appears on a rustic-style dinner menu, alongside sea bream fillet with saffron cauliflower couscous. With chilled-out service matching casual all-day dining, it’s reassuring to note that it’s only the décor that’s stuck in a self-imposed timewarp.

  • High point: Appealing all-day options
  • Low point: Some dishes could be more polished
  • Notable dish: Mixed grill breakfast / brunch
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Pretty eclectic – including a bit of opera
  • Capacity: 92
  • Largest group: 92
  • Open since: 2009 at Nicolson Street (2002 at previous Blackfriars Street site)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £16 per bottle

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