The Atelier

The Atelier
159–161 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8AG
  • Telephone 0131 629 5040
  • Opening times Mon–Thu noon–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–9pm
  • Seasonal times Open all day during Festival and for Six Nations games
  • Food served Tue–Thu noon–2pm, 5.30–9.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–2pm, 5.30–10.30pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Average price £9.90 (set lunch); £27 (evening meal)
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The Atelier

Good-value experimental cuisine for adventurous diners looking for wow factor.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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

Flash, bang, pow, wow! Get your phone out because you’re gonna wanna Instagram pictures of this meal. The Atelier’s chef (Maciek Zielinski) likes an adventure and his experimental menu and stylish establishment is an unexpected addition to this West End neighbourhood, known more for a good curry than cutting-edge cuisine. The upside is really good quality Scottish produce with a scattering of foraged accoutrements, and very good value. A Jerusalem artichoke, truffle and smoked leek amuse-bouche is a taste sensation and a trailer for what’s to come. First up, lightly cooked scallops presented like a work of art, piled high with Serrano ham, figs, more Jerusalem artichoke and nasturtium. Next fresh wild trout sits atop a colourful concoction of mini Scotch egg, rhubarb, quinoa, and fennel beside a pool of star anise hollandaise. Finish with a poached pear with saffron beside churros, chocolate sauce and sushi ginger ice cream. The Atelier provides plenty of food for thought but does it all work? You decide.

  • High point: Wonderful, weird and beautiful presentation
  • Low point: Not for the faint hearted
  • Private dining: Up to 22 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Jazz
  • Capacity: 35
  • Largest group: 35
  • Open since: 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 19
  • House wine: £16.80 per bottle