- 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 £12 (lunch); £21 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £14 for two courses; £18 for three courses
- Website www.spoonedinburgh.co.uk
Good-humoured eatery with casual all-day dining and chilled-out service delivering simply prepared bistro classics.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
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
- Private dining: 30–40 in curtained off area
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Eclectic mix of staff picks
- Capacity: 92
- Largest group: 120
- Open since: 2009 at Nicolson Street (2002 at previous Blackfriars Street site)
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
- House wine: £16 per bottle
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