75 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU
  • Telephone 0131 629 3327
  • Seasonal times During Winter they close at 7pm on Sundays.
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri/Sat 11am–1am; Sun 10am–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sat 11am–9pm; Sun 10am–9pm.
  • Average price £13.50 (lunch); £13.50 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.bodabar.com/hemma/

Hemma is proof that there's more to Scandinavian food and drink than crispbreads and pickled herring.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Now with five other Nordic restaurants and bars around the city, Hemma is part of Anna and Mike Christopherson’s efforts to show Edinburgh a slice of Sweden. Doing its best to blend into the glass office complex next door, at first impressions Hemma struggles to look, what you might consider, typically Swedish. While ornamentation is kept to a minimum, their rarely unoccupied sofa area and charming floral wallpaper reflect Hemma’s translation, meaning ‘at home’. The true colours of Sweden shine through in their menu, which is largely dominated by fish and seafood, but offers other wholesome options, such as chicken skewers with sumac, giant couscous and mint yoghurt. Apart from Idun’s Swedish ciders, the Scandanavian tipples are much like the decor – minimal. But, the zesty cocktails, including a rum based Fife Cherry Bomb, are enough to be getting on with.

  • High point: Ideal for gathering all your mates together
  • Low point: Service can be a little sloppy
  • Notable dish: Kladdkaka: a rich and gooey chocolate cake served with hot salted caramel sauce.
  • Private dining: 280 (150 downstairs and 130 in mezzanine).
  • 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: Easy listening
  • Live entertainment: Occasional bands
  • Capacity: 130
  • Largest group: 130 for drinks and buffet, 50 for a sit-down meal.
  • Open since: May 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £14.10 per bottle