- Telephone 0131 332 9977
- Opening times Tue–Sun noon–2.30pm, 6–9.30pm. Closed Mon.
- Food served Tue–Thu 12.30–2.30pm, 6–9.30pm; Fri/Sat 11.30am–2.30pm, 5.30–9.30pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
- Pre-theatre times Tue–Thu 6–7pm; Fri/Sat 5.30–6pm.
- Pre-theatre price £13
- Website www.taisteal.co.uk
Michelin-trained chef Gordon Craig uses inspiration from his travels abroad to create imaginative dishes that fuse global ingredients with local produce.
Taisteal means journey, but for people eating here the word adventure may be a better fit. Chef Gordon Craig takes traditional Scottish ingredients and elevates them, with techniques from across the world. Curried parsnip soup sets the tone of the menu, with a wonderful contrast of sweet and spicy; but Taisteal’s ethos is perhaps shown best by the grilled venison, paired with artichokes, wild mushrooms and a truffle filled raviolo. It’s all brave – and bravery does have its downside as some flavour combinations are a little challenging. The tasting menu comes with the drinks pairing options and it’s refreshing to see more than just wine on offer – beer, cocktails and liqueurs are all embraced and continue to set a high bar (though it would be good to see some more Scottish beers to rival the well-curated wine list). The service is attentive, and the different menu options means it's an equally good choice for a midweek lunch as for a romantic weekend dinner date.
- Provides: Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Generic smooth music
- Capacity: 44
- Largest group: 44
- Open since: 2017
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 18
- House wine: £22 per bottle
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