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
- Average price £21 (set lunch); £39 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £21
- Website www.markgreenaway.com
Daring, different and sometimes divisive higher-end Scottish restaurant serving colourful and intricate dishes with a playful theme.
At first glance, you might think Restaurant Mark Greenaway a suitably sober Edinburgh New Town dining spot, with its neatly dressed tables, scatterings of art and a menu pared of verbosity. In fact, the proprietor-chef is a man with an eye for culinary flamboyance as well as a media opportunity. Ambitious, showy, intricate and certainly distinctive, Greenaway uses dramatic colour, twists, tricks and intriguingly engineered gadgets and crockery to deliver his dishes, with waiters providing instructions and explanations along the way. You may encounter egg boxes, lab flasks and bits of tree, as new ideas mix with crowd-pleasing favourites and encounters with intense flavour challenge the sceptics’ doubts about style over substance. While a lower-priced Market Menu, available at lunch and early evening, offers glimpses of both the ingredients (well-sourced and Scottish, on the whole) and the elaborate presentation of Greenaway’s repertoire, for the wide-screen, technicolour version, an eight course tasting menu comes in at £69.50, with paired wines available alongside. The high-wire culinary journey reaches a firmer platform in desserts, where Greenaway's creative enthusiasm and imagination are most reliably showcased – although an alternative form of presentation, a chunky book full of the chef’s stunning-looking dishes called Perceptions, published in 2016, has also been picking up accolades and catching the eye far beyond douce old Edinburgh.
- High point: Eye-catching, daringly different dishes
- Low point: The flash and panache doesn’t always convince
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: 16 in the new 'Balvenie Room' offering 4, 6 or 8 course tasting menus
- 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: £28 per bottle
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