The Brasserie at the Glasshouse Hotel
- Telephone 0131 525 8200
- Food served Tue–Sat 5–9.30pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
- Pre-theatre times Tue–Sat 5–7pm.
- Average price £24 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £15
- Website www.theglasshousehotel.co.uk
Calm hotel dining room featuring a creative and confident kitchen near the Playhouse
Yes, it is a trek from the foyer just off the top of Leith Walk to the second floor brasserie. Maybe leave a trail of breadcrumbs to find your way back, just in case. But staff couldn’t be nicer in guiding guests to ultimately arrive at this sleek green and wood-toned restaurant. Creamy cauliflower chowder nestles piping hot in its neat sourdough bread bowl. A tasty play on stovies delivers a chunk of corned brisket beef sitting alongside mashed potatoes strewn with black pudding. Mains are hearty and satisfying. Border lamb rump is deliciously pink, seared outside to a carmelised finish, but almost overwhelmed by the richness of the surrounding bacon and wild mushroom ragù. Deep, creamy Jerusalem artichoke velouté melds gently with haricot, butter bean and mushroom, and ribeye steaks arrive beautifully cooked and presented. However the show is stolen by a pudding of warm forced rhubarb with crunchy stem ginger crumble and tangy rhubarb and vanilla sorbet. Overall, nice for pre-Playhouse dining.
- High point: A confident hand in the kitchen delivers with skill
- Low point: Pity the Observatory on Calton Hill isn’t illuminated at night
- Notable dish: Forced rhubarb, stem ginger crumble, rhubarb & vanilla sorbet
- Private dining: Up to 12 covers
- No. overnight rooms: 77
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Pop
- Capacity: 52
- Largest group: 52
- Open since: 2004
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- House wine: £23.50 per bottle