Sonder

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Sonder
74–78 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9PT
  • Telephone 0131 667 7032
  • Opening times Noon–2.30pm & 5–9.30pm.
  • Food served Wed/Thu 5–9.30pm; Fri–Sun noon–2.30pm, 5–9.30pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
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  • Website restaurant-sonder.com
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Sonder

A Southside newcomer using local produce to create imaginative small plates packed with spectacular flavours in a relaxed setting.

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Opened in August 2018, Sonder is an expression of the eclectic culinary experiences of far-travelled owner Trisha McCrae and the cooking skills of her fellow globetrotter Paul Graham. Cool colours and exposed walls give a relaxed vibe, enhanced by dining booths and banquette-style seating. Diners can also sit at the open kitchen and watch the chef cook up imaginative small plates, designed for sharing and made to order. A regularly changing menu is divided into snacks, garden, sea and land – the recommendation being two or three dishes per person. Snacks could include a tastebud-tingling diced venison bresaola with yuzu mayonnaise and marjoram, served on wafer squares. Roast cauliflower with romanesco broccoli and blobs of black garlic is a popular garden selection, while the sea offerings feature the likes of monkfish with sea vegetables, enhanced by a subtle curry sauce. Four delicate discs of tender lamb loin served with purple potatoes and oyster sauce confirm the chef’s talents, which are underlined by the desserts, including an ingenious blue cheese mousse with figs, served between two crackers to resemble an ice-cream wafer.

The List's rating
8

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Colin Renton visited Sonder on 23 January 2019
  • High point: Every ingredient enhances the dish
  • Low point: Small plates leave you wanting more
  • Notable dish: Lamb loin, purple potatoes, oyster, sea vegetables
  • Average price: £22 (lunch); £22 (dinner)

An independently owned restaurant on South Clerk Street. Sonder is an open plan dining / kitchen experience, serving modern European dishes.

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  • Provides: Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Eclectic playlist
  • Live entertainment: Possible introduction of live music in downstairs cocktail bar (due to open March 2019)
  • Capacity: 44
  • Largest group: 10
  • Open since: August 2018
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £23 per bottle

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