Twenty Princes Street Grill & Smokehouse
- Telephone 0131 652 7370
- Opening times Daily: noon–11.30pm (last orders 10pm).
- Bar open Sun–Thu noon–11:30pm; Fri/Sat noon–12:30am
- Food served Mon–Sun 7:30–10:30am, noon–9:45pm.
- Average price £25 (lunch); £25 (evening meal)
- Website www.twentyprincesstreet.co.uk
With bay windows offering striking views out to Princes Street Gardens and the Old Town, this venue is a lot more than just a pretty face.
A city centre hotel is not always top of the list when it comes to seeking out a good meal but this stylish first-floor hideaway may recalibrate expectations. Buccleuch black pudding and pork belly roll with apple sauce is a great way to kick things off; pine-smoked wood pigeon is also a success, a garnish of sour cranberries working beautifully with the dark, gamey meat. Much is made of the Josper charcoal grill and sure enough, a medium-rare sirloin arrives perfectly prepared, together with a deep, rich sauce and some stonking chips. Fillet of cod with spinach is obviously a more delicate affair but the little parcels of deep-fried aioli offer up explosions of intense flavour. Desserts are a touch out of the ordinary and include a beautifully balanced pistachio and rapeseed oil cake with pear sorbet. No little thought has gone into the wine selection and there’s an eye-wateringly long list of cocktails and spirits sourced from the snazzy Juniper bar a few yards away. Canny diners should also note the daytime offer: a main and glass of decent house vino for two for £20.
- High point: Consistently good food with elegant flourishes
- Low point: The busy décor won’t be for everyone
- Notable dish: Salt and rosemary baked seabass
Twenty Princes Street offers a trendy and sophisticated hangout whatever the occasion, where dining is refreshingly informal and the atmosphere is glamorous but not glitzy.
The interiors are an exciting melange of smouldering black leather and burnished gold upholstery, with sleek lacquered accents set against a striking backdrop of white and gold. Triple-height windows provide one of the best vantage points in the city with picture perfect views of the city skyline and lush, capacious banquettes make the most of the vistas.
Chef Tony Sarton demonstrates culinary flair with an inventive and eclectic menu, using only the finest local ingredients. There’s an exciting choice of fish and seafood dishes while the selection of steaks are a signature of the restaurant with a Josper Grill ensuring dishes are delivered perfectly.
The rump of lamb served with twice-baked pea and Parmesan soufflé is not to be missed, while the seabass cooked in cedar paper with caramelised onion is another winner; and vegetarians are also well-catered for with smoked ricotta and chargrilled courgette served with truffled gnocchi and roasted summer squash risotto with red onion and cumin fritters. Starters from £4 and mains from just £14.
For pre- or post-prandial drinks, relax in our bar Juniper.
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- No. overnight rooms: 64
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Background jazz with gentle club-style later on.
- Capacity: 105
- Largest group: 100
- Open since: 2013
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 27
- House wine: £18 per bottle
Reviews & features
Food review: Twenty Princes Street15 Oct 2013
The upmarket city centre restaurant is more than just the Royal British Hotel's dining room
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