Find this excellent café/brasserie under the rear of The National Gallery.
You can enjoy everything from a cup of coffee or their excellent 'thick' hot chocolate - through all day snacks and light meals, such as pastries & sandwiches plus breakfast and high tea. At lunchtime - and for dinner during August & December - a well cooked brasserie-style menu is also offered, listing carefully-sourced seasonal Scottish fare and seasonal national dishes.
A winter snapshot brought 'Homemade Scottish Trout Paté with Oatcakes & Mixed Leaves'; 'Warm Honey-Glazed local Carrots, Parsnips & Beetroot with Coriander Seeds' and 'Dickson of Cockenzie's Hand-Sliced Scottish Oak-Smoked Salmon' listed among the starters.
'Macaroni Cheese with East Lothian Cauliflower & Loch Arthur Cheddar'; 'Cullen Skink (traditional smoked haddock, potato & leek stew)'; 'Organic Shetland Salmon with Honey-Glazeed Winter Vegetables' and 'Winter-Spiced Duck Breast with Creamed Local Greens & Duck-Fat-Roasted Potatoes' set the style among the mains.
Those with a sweet tooth might be tempted by 'Apple & Caramel Tart with Vanilla & Cinnamon Cream'; 'Winter Berry Trifle and Brandy Custard with Cream' or 'Rich Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Compote'.
Friendly & efficient service from crispy-dressed waiting staff complete the picture.
- Food Style: Brasserie
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 8.00-18.00 (Thurs 19.00), Sun 10.00-18.00 [lunch 12.00-17.00 £19.95 (2 courses), £24.95 (3 courses)
- Dinner: open for dinner during August & December (all week £29.95 [3 courses], £34.95 [4 courses]
- Wine: a concise, but well-chosen, list kicking off at about £14 - includes an excellent selection by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Edinburgh Waverley Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating