Find this deservedly-popular restaurant, up a flight & a half of impressive stairs over their sibling 'Amore Dogs' (as yet untried - so reports please).
The two dining rooms, the main over-looking the open-plan kitchen, the second more secluded - but in no way an annexe, are furnished with a mish-mash of solid tables and chairs - while the walls are adorned with dog 'artwork' - some displayed at strange heights.
Their menu is composed of carefully-sourced seasonal ingredients and specialising in dishes aimed at rustic tastes.
Dinner starters such as 'Potato, Leek & Prune Soup'; 'Pig's Ear & Pig's Ear Salad'; 'Pear, Stilton & Walnut Salad' and 'Devilled Ox Heart' (also offered as a main) set the style.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Fish & Chips with Mushy Peas'; 'Kedgeree'; 'Braised Rabbit with Smoked Bacon & Cider, with Kale & Carrot'; 'Cauliflower & Three Cheese Barley Risotto' and 'Stornoway Black Pudding Hash with Fried Ducks Egg'.
On our last inspection visit, both starters and mains were missing that final ingredient needed to make them special. Perhaps a herb here, a splash of vinegar there - but all was still enjoyed - along the way opportunities for excellence were just lost!
Desserts aren't to be missed, holding no disappointments - with maybe 'Honey & Lemon Posset, Stem Ginger Biscuit'; 'Brown Bread Parfait with Poached Prunes & Homemade Baileys' and 'Chocolate Cake with Beetroot Jam' among the offerings.
Lunchtime brings a lighter menu in a similar vein.
Service is friendly, helpful and efficient - and the final totting up, comes as a pleasant surprise for a menu of such interest.
- Food Style: Budget Restaurants - the best
- Lunch: all week 12.00-16.00; mains from about £6
- Dinner: all week 17.00-22.00; mains from about £6-£13
- Wine: a concise, but well-chosen list, has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: No - dining room upstairs
- Nearest station: Edinburgh Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page