- Telephone 0131 281 1236
- Food served Mon & Wed–Fri noon–2pm, 6–10pm; Sat noon–10pm; Sun noon–5pm. Closed Tue.
- Average price £10 (set lunch); £18 (evening meal)
Wonderful things come in small packages at this exciting and cannily priced neighbourhood eatery on Leith Walk.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Whoever noted that wonderful things come in small packages must have predicted the success and joyfulness that is the Walnut. Halfway down Leith Walk, patrons crowd around cosy tables, taking it in turns to read each other the day’s blackboard of engaging dishes. Meaty, cold crab claws with vibrant aioli, rich fish soup with a swirl of rouille or creamy potato and horseradish soup stand out among the smaller plates. But don’t stop there, the big plates are yet to come – a succinct but balanced offering of meat, vegetarian and fish. Slow-cooked beef short ribs tear away from the bone, while beetroot risotto with gorgonzola and walnut pesto is shockingly seductive. Firm roast hake, cooked just so, is coated in a savoury tapenade that counters the sweetness of the fish. A fresh lemony take on Bakewell tart is addictive and the dark chocolate, sea salt and rosemary tart is a showstopper. The Walnut’s BYOB status benefits from the ample wine/beer selection at Tesco’s and Oddbins just across the road.
- High point: Stunningly good value for a high-performance meal
- Low point: You really, really need to book
- Notable dish: Short ribs of beef
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Blues mix
- Capacity: 24
- Largest group: 24
- Open since: 2015
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
- House wine: £15 per bottle
- BYOB: £3.50 corkage (1 bottle per couple)