Merienda

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Merienda
Merienda
30 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6TP
  • Telephone 0131 220 2020
  • Food served Wed–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5.30–9.30pm; Sun noon–8.30pm. Closed Mon/Tues.
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  • Website eat-merienda.com
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Expect creatively presented, Mediterranean-influenced small plates, artisan produce, an interesting wine list and knowledgeable hosts at this relative newcomer to Stockbridge.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Merienda, the Spanish version: a light meal; Merienda, the Stockbridge version: small, exquisite Mediterranean-inspired plates, showcasing the best of seasonal, Scottish produce. Chef-owner Campbell Mickel invites diners to build their own tasting menu, with 10 - 12 dishes recommended to share between two. The dining room is bright, elegant but unpretentious, ensuring focus is placed on the unfolding visual feast. With such attention to provenance and seasonality, it's no surprise that the menu changes monthly, with new dishes appearing under five permanent categories – Merienda staples; farms and pastures; fields and gardens; rivers and seas; and sweetness. Top picks could be hot parsnip and truffle air with parsnip crisps, which has a breathtaking depth of flavour; textures of beetroot, a love letter to this humble root veg, bathed in silky, salty goat's cheese; or Borders pheasant terrine with East Lothian leek and Jerusalem artichoke, which is translucent, delicate, yet robust. Make the most of the Merienda experience by soaking up the passion and expertise of Campbell and his team to guide you through the meticulously sourced menu and accompanying wine list.

The List's rating
8.2

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Gill Thomson visited Merienda on 30 January 2019
  • High point: Seasonal fine dining, exquisitely presented, affordably priced
  • Low point: Expectations are well managed but those not paying attention may find small plates on the small side
  • Notable dish: Textures of beetroot; goat's cheese mousse, tarragon, walnut
  • Average price: £32.50 (lunch); £32.50 (dinner)
  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Eclectic, easy listening play list, including jazz and country.
  • Capacity: 20
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 2018
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £29 per bottle