The Shore Bar & Restaurant
- Telephone 0131 553 5080
- Opening times Mon–Sat noon–1am; Sun noon–12.30am.
- Bar open Mon–Sat noon–1am; Sun 12.30pm–1am.
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–10.30pm; Sun 12.30–10.30pm.
- Website www.fishersbistros.co.uk
Atmospheric old-fashioned bar and bistro offering great food accompanied by live jazz several times a week.
Its existence is hardly a secret, but those unfamiliar with Leith could be forgiven for missing this wee gem tucked away at the far end of the Shore. The cosy dining room is traditionally styled, with dark wood panelling and a fire centre stage. The menu has seafood leanings, exemplified by splendid king scallops with Stornoway black pudding and silky-smooth onion velouté, but there are plenty of alternatives including ham hash cake with poached egg and hollandaise, a permanent fixture on the menu and deservedly so. A main of venison with celeriac purée and smoked bacon is a captivating mix of dark, rich flavours while the bargain set lunch delivers excellent hake with garlicky crushed potatoes and langoustine sauce, followed by delectable vanilla panacotta with spiced berry compote. There’s a bias towards the old world on the comprehensive and reasonably priced wine list. Service is welcoming and efficient and the adjoining bar is perfect for a post-meal coffee and a spot of people-watching.
- Private dining: Up to 32 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz
- Live entertainment: Jazz every Tuesday and Thursday 8.30pm, Sunday lunchtime, first Saturday of month jazz 2–5pm, plus Leith Jazz Festival
- Capacity: 32 (+25 in the bar)
- Largest group: 32
- Open since: 1983
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- House wine: £19.25 per bottle
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