- Telephone 0131 622 7800
- Opening times Mon–Sun 11.30am–1am.
- Seasonal times Until 3am during Edinburgh Festival
- Bar open Mon–Sun 11am–1am; Sun noon–1am.
- Food served Mon–Sun 7am–10pm.
- Pre-theatre times Sun–Sat 5–7pm.
- Average price (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £10
- Website www.ricksedinburgh.co.uk
Long-established city centre restaurant with rooms, Rick’s does classic and classy lounge bar drinking and dining with aplomb.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
After 15 years in operation, this once-cool kid on the Frederick Street block has grown up into a classic lounge bar favourite. Down a few steps and past the outdoor tables, the shiny plate-glass doors give on to an atmospheric low-lit space appointed in silvery greys and warm wood tones. Low sofas interspersed with areas for more formal dining make for a relaxed and surprisingly intimate ambience whether the occasion is dining with friends, or splashing the cash on cocktails or a celebratory glass or two of fizz. Grazing is well catered for with charcuterie platters, breads, bowls and sharing boards, while the likes of braised pig cheek makes a tasty preamble to competently executed mains such as hake with mussels and potted shrimp butter. A bubbling pot of boozy cherry crumble with mascarpone is a ‘one portion, two spoons’ treat, while for those with more dash than cash there are deals a-plenty, such as weekly burger and steak nights.
- High point: Comfortable, competent and 20 or more wines by the glass
- Low point: Diners may feel a bit squeezed out on busy weekend nights
- Notable dish: Chargrilled chicken with green lentils, rocket and sun-blushed tomato salsa
This groovy restaurant and bar, incorporated into a tiny boutique hotel in the heart of the New Town, attracts a hip young crowd looking for a lively night out. Retro-cool brown leather banquette seating and low-slung lampshades create an intimate atmosphere in a space loosely divided into cosy sections by diaphanous curtains. The long stretch of bar serves up a satisfying choice of pre-dinner cocktails and keeps the place lively until late, but the real draw is the quietly confident performance from the kitchen. A seemingly simple sashimi-style, lightly seared tuna fillet, presented skewer-style with generous sprigs of rosemary on a warm chickpea salad, is unexpectedly tender and succulent, while spring rolls accompanied by a rich hoi sin sauce are crisp and tightly packed with juicy duck and bamboo shoots. Main courses include a moist rump of lamb on a mound of vibrant sweet potato and ginger mash and some crisply-skinned roast monkfish with pancetta served on a creamy mash drizzled with basil oil. Those who make it as far as dessert won't be disappointed by the wickedly gooey warm chocolate brownie or the chic-looking circle of forest berry and apple crumble in a puddle of custard.
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- Private dining: Up to 22 covers
- No. overnight rooms: 10
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Pop
- Live entertainment: No DJ at moment
- Capacity: 180
- Largest group: 120
- Open since: 2000
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 23
- House wine: £19 per bottle