The Turquoise Thistle

The Turquoise Thistle
Hotel Indigo, 51–59 York Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3JD
  • Telephone 0131 556 5577
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–9.45pm.
  • Average price £16.50 (lunch); £16.50 (evening meal)
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Birra Moretti

Contemporary bistro with a simple, yet well-executed, menu.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Within the four-star Indigo Hotel, Turquoise Thistle is a contemporary bistro full of everything you might expect from a place with the word 'turquoise' in its name: aptly-coloured stags head and framed thistle prints. Some classic dishes are confidently served up here, with starters including garlic bread and chicken liver pate and mains like beer-battered pollock and grilled Scottish salmon. Where it truly succeeds is in its grill menu: the 35-day-aged Buccleuch sirloin steak is cooked to exact specifications, accompanied superbly by seasonal wild mushrooms, while the Cajun chicken breast burger on a ciabatta bun is a lighter yet flavoursome option. The menu is simple yet well-executed, the service attentive and friendly and the décor chic yet unfussy. It’s a good place for New Town lunch or even late night whisky: the bar has a fine selection.

  • High point: Good choice on the grill menu
  • Low point: Starters are a little heavy
  • Notable dish: Buccleuch sirloin steak
  • Private dining: 8–10
  • No. overnight rooms: 60
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Easy listening
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: May 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £18.50 per bottle