107–109 St Leonard's Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9QY
  • Telephone 0131 662 9349
  • Food served Wed–Sat 5–9pm; closed Sun–Tue.
  • Average price £55 for five-course tasting menu (set evening meal)
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Unpretentious fine dining restaurant serving a fixed five-course menu featuring some lesser-known ingredients in skilfully prepared dishes

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A little way off the culinary beaten track, Aizle is compact, simply decorated and innovative. Those lucky enough to bag a table by the window will enjoy spectacular views over Salisbury Crags, while others will likely focus on the blackboard which looms large over the room and features around 20 ingredients. It doubles as the menu for the no-choice meal that follows, although there is no indication where or how each item will feature in each of the five dishes. (The fussier diner may struggle – be sure to notify any dietary requirements in advance.) The dining experience starts with snacks that offer an insight into the skill and imagination in the kitchen and a parade of flavour-packed and intricate plates follow. Here seasonally changing means a menu that’s impossible to predict – and even the most sophisticated diner is likely to find something unfamiliar chalked up on that board. The optional mixed drinks package is excellent and as likely to include gin, beer or a cocktail as wine, but there’s a wide-ranging wine list too.

  • High point: A no-option menu introducing lesser-known ingredients
  • Low point: Not so great for fusspots
  • Notable dish: Inverurie lamb with pea, lettuce and miso
  • Average price: £55 for five-course tasting menu (set dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 16 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Mixed
  • Capacity: 38-44
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 21
  • House wine: £24 per bottle

Reviews & features

Restaurant review: Aizle gives Edinburgh its first taste of 'bistronomie'

20 May 2014

The city's first 'neo-bistro' requires diners to surrender control of their menu choices to the chef

When Aizle arrived in early April this year, a lot had to be explained carefully. Aizle rhymes with hazel, we were advised, and the word itself was Scots for 'spark'. A 30-year-old Scottish chef, Stuart Ralston, and his American partner Krystal Goff, an…