33a St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AH
  • Telephone 0131 226 3500
  • Bar open Tue–Sun noon–4pm, 6–11.30pm. Closed Mon.
  • Food served Tue–Sun noon–2pm, 6–10pm. Closed Mon.
  • Average price £14.95 (set lunch); £25.95 (set evening meal)
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  • Website www.purslanerestaurant.co.uk
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Raising the tone of neighbourhood restaurants in trendy Stockbridge, Purslane offers fine dining at a pretty fine price.

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Hidden from street view, Purslane could never rely on passing trade. What keeps this compact, subterranean restaurant perennially busy is a young owner-chef who knows just what he’s doing. The flavours he and his team cook up in the smallest of kitchens would stimulate the most jaded palate. And there’s a playful inventiveness here, from the gin-free, smoky G&T with lemon and sage right through to the puddings. A red mullet on salad nicoise amuse-bouche sets the scene, followed by tender smoked haddock in a finely judged, not-too-creamy leak and potato sauce. If that is the standout starter, lamb rump with artichoke is an equally fine main course where the olive purée and a red wine jus cut through the sweetness of the meat. Then, for pure indulgence, try and squeeze in – or at least share – some smoked milk ice-cream and a buzzy, espresso-packed coffee parfait.

  • High point: Neighbourhood dining at its best
  • Low point: Tables slightly cramped
  • Notable dish: Smoked haddock with potato and leek, and soft boiled quail's egg
  • Provides: Children's portions, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 28
  • Largest group: 28
  • Open since: 2011
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 22
  • House wine: £19 per bottle

Reviews & features

Valentine's Day - where to take your date

3 Feb 2012

Some seductive suggestions for what to do on or around February 14th

Experience a May-December relationship ... or at least, vicariously experience someone else’s. Among the several films the Glasgow Film Theatre are screening to get you into the Valentines spirit on 14 Feb (including Brief Encounter and French…

Paul Gunning's Purslane celebrates the small things in life

19 Dec 2011

Starters and desserts a success, although mains need some work

Below street level on narrow, quirky St Stephen Street in Stockbridge in Edinburgh is a tiny restaurant. Until recently it had been home to Redwood, in which Californian chef Annette Sprague charmed diners for a couple of years but near-enough exhausted…