Restaurant Mark Greenaway
- Telephone 0131 226 1155
- Food served Tue–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
- Pre-theatre times Tue–Sat 5.30 – 6.30pm
- Average price £20 (set lunch); £38 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £20
- Website www.markgreenaway.com
Daring, different and sometimes divisive higher-end Scottish restaurant serving colourful and intricate dishes with a playful theme
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Restaurant Mark Greenaway attracts mixed reviews and responses: some are thrilled by it, some don’t get it, some are positively irked by aspects of the approach. The main dining space is smallish, a New Town drawing room with contemporary but not flamboyant design touches and upmarket dressed tables. At lunch and early evening there's a very respectably priced Market Menu (£20 for two courses) which has glimpses of both the ingredients (well-sourced and Scottish, on the whole) and the elaborate presentation of the main à la carte. Full immersion, in the form of an eight-course tasting menu, is north of £60, with paired wines taking it to £100. 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 well as sometimes over-egged branding, such as Mark’s Winter Vegetable Garden and Mark’s Chocolate Roks and Moss. Moments of memorable tastes (a truffle custard, a percolation of oxtail broth) are mixed with others that are much harder to catch, a high-wire culinary journey that reaches a firmer platform in desserts, where Greenaway's creative enthusiasm and imagination feels best showcased. Offering an alternative, private option for groups of 6 to 16 is the new, intimate Balvenie Room, with a chunky hardback recipe book full of stunning-looking dishes, 'Perceptions', due out in summer 2016.
- High point: An exciting antidote for those done with Scottish sameyness or foraged frugality
- Low point: More personality than personal touch
- Notable dish: Mark's Great British Menu "Knot" Chocolate Tart
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: 17 (this will vary throughout the year)
- House wine: £24 per bottle
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