Restaurant Mark Greenaway
- Telephone 0131 226 1155
- Food served Tue–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
- Pre-theatre times Tue–Thu 5.30–6.30pm; Fri/Sat 5.30–6pm
- Pre-theatre price £24
- Website www.markgreenaway.com
Daring, different and sometimes divisive higher-end Scottish restaurant serving colourful and intricate dishes with a playful theme.
First impressions can be awfully deceptive: Mark Greenaway’s New Town dining room is douce, muted, even restrained. It’s clearly all a cunning ploy to confound diners’ expectations, as the food here is elaborate, playful and just plain interesting in a ‘what’s going to come out next’ sort of way. A starter of crab cannelloni sets the bar high. Served in a double glass bowl, the first bowl is lifted off and placed on a specially designed board to let the smoke (yep, actual smoke) drift out of the smoked cauliflower custard before eating. Mains feel less tricksy though there’s still plenty happening on the plate, with sauces, pickles, foams all present and correct. Sometimes these are fantastic; pickled shallots add a sharply sweet crunch to perfectly cooked beef, while others don’t quite hit the mark – sea vegetables paired with cod are chewy and don’t bring much to the dish. Dessert of roks and moss – pebbles of chocolate with flourishes of pistachio – is delicious and a decadent way to round off a meal that is definitely memorable. Greenaway’s cooking won’t please everyone – but it doesn’t have to. His fans are legion and, after all, it’s their opinions that really count.
One of Edinburgh's most celebrated fine dining restaurants, Restaurant Mark Greenaway is renowned for its culinary creativity and supreme British dishes. Set within a stunning Georgian building since its relocation in January 2013, the dining room features bespoke design pieces and a muted, earthy feel, while the basement - formerly a bank vault - houses a specially designed wine vault. As well as a market fresh menu, experience Mark Greenaway's stunning 8-course tasting menu.
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- Private dining: Up to 16 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: 2011 (2013 in new location)
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 30
- House wine: £32 per bottle
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