LeftField

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Left Field
LeftField
12 Barclay Terrace, Edinburgh, EH10 4HP
  • Telephone 0131 229 1394
  • Opening times Tue–Fri 5.30–9pm; Sat noon–3pm & 5.30–9pm; Sun noon–3pm; closed Mon.
  • Food served Tue–Fri 5.30–9.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–2pm, 5.30–10pm; Sun noon-3pm. Closed Mon.
  • Email
  • Website www.leftfieldedinburgh.co.uk
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Confident, cheery and uncomplicated eating in a welcoming and relaxed neighbourhood bistro.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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What a joy – LeftField is the kind of bistro every neighbourhood needs. Set into a modest tenement with views over Bruntsfield Links, it’s bright, welcoming and, under the restless imagination of chef-proprietor Phil White, it’s ever so quietly pushing boundaries too. Most of their wine is natural or biodynamic, the short drinks list features local suppliers, he’s fermenting and sprouting up a storm, and while there are no plans to abandon the steak and seafood that established their reputation, it’s clear that creative plant-based cooking is a passion. Pumpkin seed hummus with sumac roast butternut is a case in point – vibrant, light and beautifully presented. The steaks are everything you’d expect and come with good chips but do yourself a favour and add a side of the amazing crispy scallions too – you won’t regret it. Service is easy-going and feels like one of those places where the waiter will learn your star-sign by your second visit. With Sunday brunch planned, a fantastic early-dining sharing board and carafe deal and a wildly popular weekend lunch, this wee place is striving to be adaptable and accessible in the now hugely competitive Bruntsfield micro-climate: all power to them.

The List's rating
9

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Jo Laidlaw visited LeftField on 27 February 2019
  • High point: Feeling at home away from home
  • Low point: There's so much beautiful veg on the menu, it would be great to see more veggie courses
  • Notable dish: Beef short rib
  • Average price: £13 (set lunch); £22 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 8 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs
  • Music on stereo: 80s pop
  • Capacity: 28
  • Largest group: 22
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £19 per bottle

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