55–57 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB
  • Telephone 0131 662 4493
  • Seasonal times Mon–Sun noon–late during Edinburgh Festival.
  • Food served Mon–Sat 11.30am–2pm, 5–10pm. Closed Sun.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat 5–6:45pm.
  • Average price £13.95 (set lunch); £21 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £13.95
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Birra Moretti

Friendly, family-run bistro with low-key prices and a seriously good kitchen.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Oooh, aaah. Wow. Yes! Yes! YES! Not Harry meeting Sally, just two very happy diners following up a homemade wild rabbit ravioli starter with a venison suet pudding that’s as comforting and fluffy as a goose-down duvet, and oozing with chanterelle mushrooms and juniper-infused gravy. Not food you’d want in July, but by then, the menu will have chased through all the treats and surprises the changing months can offer. Memories of his mum’s Aga coupled with training under Neil Forbes at the Atrium shine through Kieran Sylvester’s cooking. You’re spoilt for choice, whether it’s a generous chicken supreme topping a tottering tower of potato rosti and glossy seasonal roots, or pork cheeks braised to succulence in beer. There’s Eteaket teas, Pickering’s gin from just down the road, and such puddings! How to choose between bread and butter pudding (like mum’s, only pepped up with white chocolate and cranberries) or the wobbly lusciousness-zapped-with-citrus that is mascarpone and orange cheesecake? If in doubt and there’s a Harry-met-Sally moment at a nearby table, just have what she’s having.

  • High point: Joyful eating
  • Low point: 70s music and lights on the bright side
  • Notable dish: Suet pudding, venison and juniper with chanterelle mushrooms and clapshot
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Easy listening
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £17.45 per bottle