The Perch

The Perch
110 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DR
  • Telephone 0131 220 1208
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–9.30pm.
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Modern Scottish bistro in the heart of the city centre.

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A modest street-level entrance frames this new arrival on Hanover Street, where vintage ceramic tiles and an antique wooden stairway set a tranquil tone for the funky first-floor restaurant. The newly refurbished room is smart but informal, with dark blue and cream walls, a stylish gantry and church pews lining the edges. The kitchen, meanwhile, focuses on contemporary Scottish seasonal menus with lively twists and turns. A starter of salmon timbale cured with rum displays this imaginative approach – a tightly packaged parcel stuffed with zesty crab meat in a spiky mustard crème-fraîche; it's light and tangy with a warming afterburn. Elsewhere, main of venison loin is roasted medium-rare and presented as soft slices of springy meat, lolling on a thick homemade blini laced with sharp horseradish sparkles. The accompanying sauce is deep, dusky and chocolatey. It’s a routine bistro dish but elevated to finest restaurant quality by adroit technique and big flavour combinations. With robust culinary expertise and exciting dishes at reasonable prices, this punchy little place has all the benefits of a friendly neighbourhood bistro bang in the heart of the city centre.

The List's rating
7.6

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Malcolm McGonigle visited The Perch on 28 February 2019
  • High point: Attractively priced weekday express lunch
  • Low point: Bit of a squeeze at tables by the window
  • Notable dish: Thyme-roasted venison
  • Average price: £12 (set lunch); £19 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 20 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: MIxed playlists
  • Capacity: 50
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 2018
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: £12
  • House wine: £22 per bottle
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