Salt Café

Salt Café
54–56 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4BZ
  • Telephone 0131 281 1885
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 9am–11pm; Fri 9am–midnight; Sat 9am–midnight, Sun 9am–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 9am–3pm, 5–10pm; Sat/Sun 9am–4pm, 5–10pm.
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Salt Café

Quirky reclaimed interior packed full of character, with daytime café culture seamlessly stretching into informal evening dining.

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Salt’s hipster-ish qualities might seem somewhat incongruous within the prim surrounds of Morningside, but this self-assured bistro has a secret weapon in the kitchen. Over the course of a day, the space undergoes several transitions, morphing seamlessly from funky café, to brunch hotspot, to cosy diner. A reclaimed theme features, with knowing winks to the sea – including an actual boat protruding from a whitewashed brick wall. Food is surprisingly formal given the cool, relaxed tempo and demonstrates an assured sense of adventure and skill as evidenced by the deftly cooked tandoori scallops with light-as-a-feather tempura oyster. The Worcestershire-marinated rump steak is tender and juicy, complemented by a cheeky pair of blue cheese bonbons. The only slip in an otherwise perfectly cooked piece of venison is a slightly cloying chocolate sauce. The wine list is confident and interesting, and the beers (on tap and by the bottle) show a real interest in the ever-developing craft beer movement. Salt offers fine dining standards delivered without fuss in a space that positively encourages you to linger long after the desserts have been cleared.

  • High point: Adventurous and skilful cooking
  • Low point: Having to vacate the cosy booth and head home
  • Notable dish: Worcestershire marinated rump steak with blue cheese bonbon
  • Average price: £8.50 (one course); £28 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 10 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Indie folk / eclectic
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 10
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 19
  • House wine: £21 per bottle

Reviews & features

Restaurant Review: Salt Café

15 Oct 2014

Proper food with a bit of punch from ex-Bonham chef Neil Mulgrew

Despite the salty-seadog clinker boat, the prominence of North Berwick lobster and other seafood on the menu and some down-to-earth informality, a key inspiration for this new venue is the acronym of Seasonal and Local Thinking. This might be sound…