Aurora

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Aurora
187 Great Junction Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 5LQ
  • Telephone 0131 554 5537
  • Bar open Wed–Fri noon–11pm; Sat/Sun 10am–11pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
  • Food served Wed–Fri noon–9.15pm; Sat/Sun 10am–9.15pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
  • Email
  • Website www.auroraedinburgh.co.uk
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Aurora

A local café/bistro serving highly satisfying breakfasts, lunches and weekend dinners using seasonal, local produce and creative culinary design.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2019 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

Chef-patron places sometimes give the impression that the food is there to be revered rather than enjoyed. Not so with Aurora, Kamil Witek’s stylish twenty-seat bistro, where personal touches and a palpable sense of fun dial down any moves toward aloof cheffiness, resulting in very enjoyable food indeed. Sure, the menu seems a little earnest at points, but while potato glass and burnt apple could seem out of place at this end of Great Junction Street they’re quite at home in an imaginative surf and turf dish of pork cheek and langoustine bisque. A playful mix of cuisines mean you might have ktipiti (a feta dip) on one plate and kroppkakor on another – plump beetroot-stuffed dumplings with a dilly tumble of celeriac remoulade, all comfort and satisfaction. Not everything is perfectly executed, but that sort of adds to the charm – this is a neighbourhood bistro, not some highfalutin fine diner, and there are minor revelations to be had; fried pickles (frickles) and hot, sweet sriracha cauliflower are both serious addiction risks. Perhaps the food at Aurora deserves reverence after all. Good job it’s so enjoyable.

The List's rating
8

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Will Bain visited Aurora on 31 January 2019
  • High point: Outstanding wine list and exciting menus
  • Low point: It's so small that the coffee machine can take over conversation
  • Notable dish: Braised pork cheeks, langoustine bisque, potato glass, burnt apple and scampi
  • Average price: £12 (set lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Contemporary indie
  • Capacity: 21
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £19 per bottle

Reviews & features

Best bistros and brasseries in Edinburgh

22 May 2019

Sample some of Edinburgh's best cuisine in bistros across the city

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Eating & Drinking Guide Awards 2018: Edinburgh winners

16 Apr 2018

The List proudly presents the 25th edition of the Eating & Drinking Guide and its 2018 award winners

The List's annual Eating & Drinking Guide, published on 18 April 2018 with coverage of almost 1000 food and drink venues across Edinburgh and Glasgow, has announced the winners of its reformatted Eating & Drinking Awards for 2018.

Aurora: the northern lights of Great Junction Street

9 Apr 2018

Recent opening in an unfashionable part of town brightens even the darkest of nights

With a run of glossy new openings in the city centre and a string of second, third and even fourth new venues planned for some well-known local names, you'd perhaps be forgiven for thinking the Edinburgh dining scene is a familiar story. But take a…