Michael Neave Kitchen & Whisky Bar
Fine dining in the heart of the Old Town, with experimental takes on the Scottish larder.
Despite its location down an historic close off the Royal Mile, this is a thoroughly modern experience, with a sparse, white dining room housed in the basement of a contemporary building. Neave was once the new young star of Scottish cooking, so expect fine dining with interesting flavour combinations in an atmosphere that’s formal but not stuffy. For starters, ravioli of hot-smoked salmon is a deeply flavoured umami experience while a pigeon carpaccio is prettily presented and feather-light. Mains showcase fine Scottish produce such as velvet-soft venison saddle wrapped in robustly smoked bacon, though the accompanying carrot and lavender purée is a little pedestrian. Elsewhere, a fine, pearly cod fillet is slightly upstaged by the creamy chorizo and mussel risotto it sits upon. For puddings, a sticky toffee soufflé is a finely executed confection; however, apple tartin served with a puddle of tart whisky and marmalade ice-cream disappoints. Drinks are central to the offering, with an impressive selection of whiskies and cocktails that can be enjoyed in the upstairs lounge.
Exploring the best of the Scottish larder, Michael Neave Kitchen and Whisky Bar takes inspiration from some of Europe's most luxurious cuisines and some of the finest whiskies available on the market.
Headed by one of Scotland's most promising young chefs, Neave sources from a treasured team of farmers, fishermen, growers and brewers, and ensures all dietary requirements are amply catered for. Already creating a buzz, Michael Neave's first restaurant looks set to pave the way for a glittering culinary career.
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- Private dining: Up to 12 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Rock and pop
- Capacity: 55 (20 outdoors)
- Largest group: 75
- Open since: 2012
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- House wine: £19 per bottle
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