- Telephone 0131 523 1171
- Bar open Mon–Sun noon–midnight.
- Food served Mon–Fri 8am–10pm; Sat/Sun 10am–10pm.
- Pre-theatre times Sun–Fri noon–6.30pm; Sat noon–3pm.
- Average price £14.95 (set lunch); £16.50 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £14.95 (£17.95 three courses)
- Website www.amaronerestaurant.co.uk
Big, buzzing restaurant with quality cooking and a well-designed interior that cleverly accommodates groups of social eaters and dining couples.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
If you like a large serving of glitz with your pizza then Amarone is your place. This vast zhooshed-up former bank building is all marble, mirrors and leather, making a restaurant that feels spacious, elegant and comfortable. The cooking lives up to the ambience: well-presented, confident cuisine that tastes as good as it looks. The starter of carpaccio and rocket is a pretty plateful of translucent pink beef, tangy leaves and carpenter’s curls of delicious parmesan. Scallops wrapped in pancetta are paired with a sun-dried tomato and chilli sauce that pings with heat and sweetness. Vegetarians may feel a little unloved by the relative lack of choice but tortelloni with wild mushrooms and ricotta is lifted into a superior league with a lip-smacking white wine and truffle reduction. Puddings are not the high point here, but there’s affogato with a choice of liqueurs and respectable Italian standards such as tiramisu and panacotta.
- High point: Sense of style and great food
- Low point: Can get busy and noisy at weekends
- Notable dish: Tortelloni funghi e ricotta
- Private dining: Up to 28 covers
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Swing, jazz, Italian popular, with a more up-tempo feel at weekends
- Capacity: 215
- Largest group: 200
- Open since: 2011
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £17.95 per bottle