new restaurant openings edinburgh

Where do you start?! There have been soooo many new restaurant openings recently that we’re bound to miss one, not mention one, offend someone for forgetting one or we just don’t know about it yet. If any of the above apply then please comment below and we’ll add it to the list.

So, here goes, in no particular order (honest…)

New restaurant openings Edinburgh

Lovage, Blackfriars Street
new restaurant openings edinburghBrothers Lukasz and Bartek Jedrejek are in the kitchen, a biomedical scientist and a Scran & Scallie chef bring a real gem to Edinburgh’s old town. Go there for creative dishes using quality Scottish produce plus an absolute steal of a lunch menu at £13.95 for two courses. We’ve recently reviewed for Olive magazine and gave it the big thumbs up. 

The Educated Flea, Broughton Street
From the folk who have already brought us The Apiary and Three Bird’s comes The Educated Flea. Great sharing plates and platters, an extensive evening menu and yet more lunch bargains at £10 for two courses. Think roast fillet of hake, courgette pancakes, mirin glazed pork shoulder and pulled duck burger and you get the idea. Yet to try but it’s always busy, good sign!

Moon and Hare, Bruntsfield Place
A new vegan artisan cafe serving breakfast, lunch, cakes, tea, coffee, smoothies. Gluten free, organic, raw ‘food for the soul’ is what’s served up here. Their food ethics and credentials are extremely important to them and you’ll be #eatingclean that’s a guarantee. You either like that or you don’t. I’m a fan but it’s not for everyone.

Organic Delicious Cafe, Morningside Road
While we’re on all things vegan then another new place worth mentioning is the Organic Delicious Cafe. Not far along the road from Moon and Hare they positively welcome food allergies and food intolerances with open arms! Porridge, smoothies, juices, falafels, humous, salads, tapas, you get the picture. Good pricing and open daily.

Artisan Roast, Stockbridge
artisan roast stockbridgeClearly not new but just getting a very small mention due to it’s fab new food menu. You might be sick to the back teeth of smashed avo but it’s here and it’s great. Plus fantastic smoked salmon on Irish soda bread, great pastries and soup too. 100A Raeburn Place. Lunch, coffee and conviviality are promised.

Soderberg, Broughton Street
soderberg bakeryAnother ‘not entirely new but latest addition’ is the sixth outpost of Soderberg, Edinburgh’s Swedish bakery extraordinaire. If spelt scones, cardomom buns, coffee, almond filled mazarins and crayfish sandwiches are your thing then folk in the East End of Edinburgh will be delighted at this recent opening. A bakery and cafe open 7 days a week the buns are stacked high. 45 Broughton Street is your next calling point.

Grams, Haymarket Terrace
Gluten, sugar and dairy free? Yes but there’s other stuff too! If you’re in the #eatclean brigade you’ll be here at least three times a week as they serve up avocado on toast (but you can add poached eggs, yes!), smoothie bowls, refined sugar free granola, ‘hot health boxes’, baked sweet potatoes (another win, don’t think there’s anywhere else in Edinburgh offering this up at the moment?) as well as lots of good coffees, teas, soups etc. It ticks ALL of Mrs Monkfish’s boxes so this is a VERY HAPPY addition to Edinburgh.

Salt Horse, Blackfriars Street
Not just a bar but a beer shop too! More craft beer? Yup, by the bucket load, 12 keg lines in fact alongside an EXTENSIVE beer shop menu that you can buy from too.  Salt Horse has the added bonus of serving up a small but perfectly formed menu to help soak up the booze – bar snacks include beer nuts, anchovies, olives and the more substantial ‘meats and cheeses’ menu allows you to choose a platter and munch it all up with some of the finest baked goods in town thanks to the bakers at Twelve Triangles. Daily specials are promised too and have recently included macaroni cheese pies, carb overloading at it’s very best.

Chophouse, Market Street
The second opening for the Chophouse whose roots have been firmly established down in Leith over the last year or so . They now have a great new venue at the recently opened Waverley Arches where they’re serving up pretty much the same menu and the same great food is guaranteed. We’ve reviewed the Chophouse before and can’t fault it. The food is 100% brilliant, meat is carefully sourced, cooked to perfection and if steak is your thing we don’t think there’s anywhere better.

Thomas J Walls, Forrest Road
Thomas J Walls coffee shop edinburgh
Owner Jonathan Sharpe has got the coffee scene in Edinburgh totally sussed. If you’re a fan of Wellington (tick), Project Coffee (tick), Blackwoods (tick) you are going to LOVE this place. A great refit of what used to be an opticians some of the finest coffee in town is getting poured and the menu is spot on. Having tried avocado on toast a couple of times alongside the rostis and the bacon rolls, all using baked goods from the excellent Bostock Bakery, this is one of our frequent weekend destinations, we love it. HUGE TICK IN THE BOX.

Wildmanwood, Marshall Street
wildmanwood pizza edinburghWe reviewed Wildmanwood back in June, we loved it, the pizzas are really really good, thin, crispy bases, interesting toppings, good pricing. We’ve heard mixed things about their salads but if you’re going for a pizza then eat pizza, you can fill up on the green stuff another time. Our review is HERE.


Wahaca – Thomasina Miers ventures to Scotland with her Mexican market eating chain ‘Wahaca’ – we’re frequent visitors when in London so quite looking forward to this opening in October 2016. You’ll find it on St Andrew’s Square where quite a few other new places will be opening this side of Christmas too including…..

Dishoom – know it? If not you’re going to love it. Currently only based in London they’ve committed to a great building on St Andrew’s Square which they are lovingly restoring and refitting with great attention to detail. If you’ve been to Dishoom in London you’ll know what we’re talking about. Their breakfasts are renowned and their cocktail man of the moment Carl Brown is making quite a name for himself in the world of mixing drinks.

Civerinos – just spotted yesterday, a new Civerinos is coming soon, just on the corner of Forrest Road next to the just opened Bar Burrito. We just can’t keep up…. Civerinos pizzas are awesome, if you’ve never been to the original Civerinos then now you’ve got no excuse as they occupy another premises right in the heart of STUDENTVILLE!

And lots lots more…..pretty sure we’ll be doing another ‘new restaurant openings edinburgh’ post this side of Christmas, loving Edinburgh and all that it has to offer!





Following numerous sold out London projects, Dram & Smoke is heading north of the border for The Edinburgh Festival Fringe; taking over a former Biscuit Factory for all of August.

Dishes that champion the best of Scottish produce are served up family-style from an open kitchen alongside well-sourced wine, Scottish beer, Naked Grouse whisky cocktails and a solid playlist. The house party vibe is helped along with bar games and live music performances plus the fully-stocked bar stays open late.

For £40 guests can expect a welcome cocktail + four course menu (attached) that includes Smoked Ham Hock & Haggis Terrine with Tattie Scones, Pickles & Crispy Capers as well as Pearl Barley Risotto with Razor Clams, Scottish Chorizo & Mushrooms. An epic, carve-at-the-table Braised Beef Brisket takes centre stage for main course before a final dessert course of Rhubarb & Custard with slabs of Heather Honeycomb.


Dram & Smoke – Scran | Bevvy | General Flumgummerie from Dram & Smoke on Vimeo.

Get them quick before they’re gone gone gone…your evening starts at 7pm and the £40pp ticket gets you:

  • 1 Welcome Cocktail
  • 4 Course Tasting Menu (See below. Veggie menu also available)
  • Live Music
  • Access to our bar after dinner until late (dinner finishes at around 9.30pm)

You may want to know that the event has communal seating but don’t panic, you can sit by your nearest and dearest, just let the boys know when you book who you’d like to sit next to.


Dietary requirements are all sorted too, again just ping them an email.

Guests to arrive promptly at 7.00pm when doors will open.
Please note this is an 18+ event. Identification may be required.








yo sushi to goWe quite like Japanese food at the Towers so imagine when Yo Sushi knocked on the door one day and offered up a HUGE takeaway so that we could sample their new #tokyotogo takeaway menu! Back of the net. Happy days.

With very little hesitation required we perused the menu ‘online’ and placed our order. Although unable to deliver (hrmph) we jumped in the Monkfish Motor and headed up to Harvey Nichols Yo Sushi to pick up the goodies.


yo sushi to goIzakaya range, offering you the opportunity to try one of the newest foodie trends, ‘Izakaya dining’, at home. So what exactly is ‘Izakaya dining’?

Well, actually, the strict definition is a Japanese informal gastro pub, a kind of after work bar where you can chillax and enjoy a couple of courses and a few drinks. The pace is slow so you can’t be in a rush and you’re likely to sit at low tables or at the bar. A kind of tapas type thing I suppose. Sounds good to me. According to the Yo Sushi marketing peeps it’s well ‘on trend’ at the moment. You heard it here first.

Options on the new Yo Sushi menu include Teba No Karaage (crispy fried chicken wings), Okonomiyaki (Japanese savoury pancake), Maguro Katsu (breaded tuna) or Seabass Nanbanzuke (sweet and sour seabass on rice).

Really like the graphics that Yo are using and the new menu is pretty cool, here’s a few snaps of it here…

yo sushi tokyo to go

Pretty cool huh?

yo sushi tokyo to go

They’ve even got sweets!!!!

yo sushi tokyo to go

We ordered quite a bit to be fair but we felt it was important to get an overall feel for the new menu and try out all the new dishes. So along with the obligatory sushi and sashimi we tried out some new cold rice dishes, a couple of hot dishes which came in the cutest ‘hot pots’…

yo sushi to go

And the rest of it…with plenty of pickled ginger, wasabi and soy sauce included…
yo sushi to go
Great fun for a saturday night, totally loved it and will definitely do it again soon. The hot pots could have been hotter but that’s down to my driving skills from St Andrew’s Square back to the Towers and a quick 10 minutes on gas mark 2 sorted them out. Have always loved the concept of Yo Sushi, it makes Japanese food more accessible to the masses. Ok, it’s not completely authentic but it does a pretty good job of it. And it’s ALMOST as good as sitting in Yo Sushi itself.

Now, who can I call to get that conveyor belt installed around our kitchen table…..

yo sushi to go
The new Yo Sushi To Go menu is available online now! For pick up from your local branch. Go get it.

We used our local branch of Yo at:


Fourth Floor,
Harvey Nichols 
30-34 St Andrew Square

Tel: 0131 341 1771


Opening Times:

Monday: 11.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday – Saturday: 11.30am – 9pm
Sunday: 11.30am – 5.30pm









With Dominic Jack at the pass, Castle Terrace Edinburgh stands alone thanks to the innovative cuisine and the exceptional service.

One of the kingpins of the Edinburgh fine-dining scene over the last few years, Castle Terrace continues to deliver exquisite dishes in its newly refurbed contemporary dining room at the foot of Edinburgh castle. Part of the renowned Kitchin group, it stands alone thanks to the innovative food that chef Dominic Jack brings to the table.

who’s cooking

Chef patron Dominic Jack is at the helm – he’s been cooking at Castle Terrace since it opened its doors in 2010. Prior to that he was working alongside his friend and Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin, who he’s known since the age of 17.

Dominic’s career started at Gleneagles Hotel…..


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All photos thanks to Olivia Halvorsen of OHTaste.



Norn edinburgh


One of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had in Edinburgh.

Dining at the newly opened Norn*(in the site of the old Plumed Horse) is incredible and a few hours of your life that you will savour for a very long time.

With great consideration for ingredients, seasonality, and sourcing, and a focus on creativity Norn has a clear edge on other restaurants in town. Forget white tablecloths and hushed voices – the Rolling Stones are playing on the jukebox, the front of house have very cool moss linen aprons and you’ll get a visit from each of the chefs in the kitchen over the course of your meal. It feels young, different and very exciting.

Enjoy the extremely reasonable 3 course lunch for £20 otherwise indulge yourself in the 4 or 7 course tasting menus (with the option of matching wines.

Who’s cooking:

Chef Scott Smith created Norn……….


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