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. Closed Mon.
  • Average price £14.95 (set lunch); £25.95 (set evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.purslanerestaurant.co.uk

Raising the tone of neighbourhood restaurants in trendy Stockbridge, Purslane offers fine dining at a pretty fine price.

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Villagey little Stockbridge is surprisingly sparse on fine dining establishments, so wee Purslane on arty St Stephen Street shines out. Chef Paul Gunning comes with impressive credentials from his training in Michelin star restaurants across the UK and France, and brings his own flair to good Scottish fare. This is evident on the exciting and good value six course tasting menu as well as a well-rounded à la carte. Starters from the latter include a soft pink duck breast on a shallot tart tatin or a melt-in-the-mouth poached salmon with aubergine purée. Fish lovers may follow that with a lovely tangy and slightly spicy light bouillabaisse packed full of prawns, scallops, monkfish, sea bream and plenty of precisely cooked veg, or there’s a mouth-watering sweet and tender apricot and sage stuffed loin of pork. Desserts are beautifully presented, like a stripy tower of poached rhubarb and rosemary panacotta or an unusual fruity slice of carrot cake beautifully accompanied with a crème fraîche sorbet.

  • High point: Fine dining away without the exorbitant price tag
  • Low point: It's small - expect to get to know your neighbours
  • Notable dish: Bouillabaisse
  • Provides: Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Casual easy listening
  • Capacity: 26
  • Largest group: 26
  • Open since: 2011
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 22
  • House wine: £17 per bottle

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