Michael Neave Kitchen & Whisky Bar

Michael Neave Kitchen & Whisky Bar
21 Old Fishmarket Close, Edinburgh, EH1 1RW
  • Telephone 0131 226 4747
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 5.30pm–midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm; Sat/Sun noon–3.30pm, 5.30–10pm.
  • Email
  • Website michaelneave.co.uk
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Fine dining in the heart of the Old Town, with experimental takes on the Scottish larder.

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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.

The List's rating
6.6

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Yana Thandrayen visited Michael Neave Kitchen & Whisky Bar on 17 January 2019
  • High point: Good express lunch deal
  • Low point: Inconsistency in the cooking
  • Notable dish: Venison saddle
  • Average price: £11.95 Sat (set lunch); £28 (dinner)

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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