- Telephone 0131 555 3160
- Seasonal times Festival: Mon–Sun noon–1am
- Bar open Sun–Tue noon–11pm, Wed/Thu noon–midnight, Fri/Sat noon–1am.
- Food served Sun–Thu noon–9pm, Fri/Sat noon–10pm.
- Average price £14 (lunch); £14 (evening meal)
- Website harmoniumbar.co.uk
Vegan bar and restaurant from the team behind Glasgow's cult bars Mono and Stereo.
Taking over the spot near the Shore once occupied by the much-missed VDeep, Harmonium is the first venue in Edinburgh from the Glasgow-based chain which owns venues including Mono, the 78 and Stereo. And walking into the high-ceilinged corner bar does feel a little like stepping into Glasgow itself. There’s a distinctine fusion of quality and lack of pretension here, with good music in the background (and some of Edinburgh’s best local DJs at the weekend) and a strong drinks list, including excellent cocktails made with local drinks plus over 30 craft beers in the pumps and fridge. That’s already enough to recommend it but the menu – designed by chef Vic Henderson, who made Mono a vegan destination in Glasgow – takes Harmonium to the next level. Starters of vegan scallop and chorizo (the main ingredient is a brilliantly adapted and scallop-like mushroom stalk) and excitingly seasoned harissa-baked cauliflower sit alongside a seitan quarter-pounder (indistinguishable from a densely packed meat version) and a rich macaroni cheese. No-one will feel short-changed on flavour and enjoyment here, especially as the lack of meat likely contributes to the very reasonable prices.
- High point: Hands down, Edinburgh’s best vegan menu
- Low point: No live music, unlike its Glasgow siblings
- Notable dish: Smoked tofu bahn mi with special mayo, pickled cucumber, carrot, jalapenos, red onion, basil and coriander.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Live entertainment: DJs on Fri and Sat evenings.
- Capacity: 45
- Largest group: 10
- Open since: 2017
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £20 per bottle
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