- Telephone 0131 229 1222
- Seasonal times Closes for a week every three months and for 2 weeks at Christmas.
- Food served Tue–Sat noon–2.30pm, 6.30–10pm; closed Sun/Mon.
- Average price £29.50 (set lunch); £65; £75 (tasting menu)
- Website www.castleterracerestaurant.com
This sophisticated light and airy city restaurant is a must for stylish epicures
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Recently renovated, Castle Terrace is one of the city’s most sophisticated restaurants. Its bright and airy interior features a beautiful blue and white etching of Edinburgh Castle, in lieu of a view. The introduction of a chef’s table in the huge new kitchen downstairs takes the experience to the next level for true epicureans. You can ask to enjoy a course there, as well as getting tips from the chefs on how to create their stylish dishes, such as the slightly spicy roe deer pâté starter which comes encased in a chimney of pastry and set off by a lovely pear sauce. The extensive à la carte mains include a choice of land and sea but it’s hard to see past paella Castle Terrace style, packed full of fishy delicacies from a tasty octopus morsel to squid, salmon and monkfish, all set off on a light, subtle spelt risotto. Equally impressive is a caramel soufflé dessert, playfully topped with popcorn and ice cream. If you want to sample chef Dominic Jack’s offering without breaking the bank, the £29.50 lunch menu is both excellent and excellent value.
- High point: Beautiful food presented with class and creativity
- Low point: Diners are bit packed in - request a window or end table
- Notable dish: Paella Castle Terrace Style
- Private dining: Up to 16 covers
- Provides: Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Light jazz
- Capacity: 70
- Largest group: 70
- Open since: 2010
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 33
- House wine: £22.50 per bottle
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