Whiski Bar & Restaurant
- Telephone 0131 556 3095
- Bar open Mon–Sun 11am–1am.
- Food served Sun–Thu 11am–9.45pm; Fri/Sat 10am–10.30pm; Sun 11am–10pm.
- Average price £16 (lunch); £21 (evening meal)
- Website www.whiskibar.co.uk
Without being a totally cliché, Whiski gives a good overview of Scottish food and drink on one of the city’s most historic streets.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Unlike the many souvenir shops nearby selling anything vaguely tartan, Whiski offers a truer representation of Scotland’s offerings, and doesn't blast out the unavoidable sound of screeching bagpipes while it’s at it. Instead, it provides a snug setting to sip on a pint of local beer from the likes of Williams Bros, sample a dram or two of their 300-plus whiskies or have a glass of wine from an ambitious wine list. In keeping with the native drinks, the food menu is just as culturally rich, scribbled with notes about their focus on serving the freshest produce. The fish for their Cullen skink, fishcakes and sea bass (complete with a beautifully crisp skin), is sourced from the east coast, and their steaks, although a little over-priced, are from the Scottish Borders. Better value is found in their lunch menu, where most dishes can be snapped up for less than a tenner.
- High point: Live folk music daily
- Low point: Vegetarian options limited
- Notable dish: Haggis tower with MacSween's haggis, neeps, mashed potato and whisky sauce
- Private dining: Up to 30 covers
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Scottish music
- Live entertainment: live music every night from 9.30pm
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 80
- Open since: Feb 2007
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £19.95 per bottle