Spoon

Spoon
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 £12 (lunch); £21 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £14 for two courses; £18 for three courses
  • Email
  • Website www.spoonedinburgh.co.uk
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Good-humoured eatery with casual all-day dining and chilled-out service delivering simply prepared bistro classics.

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In a light-filled ​first-floor​ ​room with views across to the the Festival Theatre, Spoon​ ​holds​ ​its​ ​own​ ​as​ ​a​ ​reliable​ ​venue​ ​for​ ​generous​ ​breakfasts,​ ​healthy​ ​lunches and​ ​veggie​-​friendly​ ​dinners. The large open space ​cleverly uses​ curtains and offbeat décor to​ ​create the illusion of multiple, intimate​ ​areas. The​ ​eclectic​, decade-clashing ​mix​ ​of​ ​charity​ ​shop​ ​furniture​ ​and carefully curated curios gives the interior a quirky feel to which the laid-back service is well matched. ​The​ ​menu​ ​is​ ​a​ ​jack​ ​of​ ​all​ ​trades​, ​suiting​ ​most dietary requirements​ ​and​ ​tastes.​ Brunch is served daily alongside a daytime menu which smoothly transitions to pre-theatre and dinner. ​Fillet​ ​of​ ​sea​ ​bream​ ​with​ ​roast​ ​cauliflower,​ ​lime,​ ​chilli​ ​and peanuts​ ​is​ ​a​ ​delicate,​ ​well​-​textured​ ​lunch​ ​main​ ​or​ ​evening​ ​starter while chestnut​ ​mushroom and​ ​barley​ ​bolognese​ ​is​ ​a ​tasty​ ​meat and wheat​-​free​ ​twist​ ​on​ ​the​ ​​classic​ ​dish. The dessert menu feels like an afterthought following the generous savoury mains; ​try ​finishing your​ ​meal​ ​with​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​liqueur​ ​coffees​ ​featuring​ ​delightful​ ​roasts​ ​from​ ​Luckie​ ​Beans instead.

  • High point: Watching the world go by through the large, ornate windows
  • Low point: Spending too long in the ladies reading the 70s magazine adverts on the doors
  • Notable dish: Sunday 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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