Edinburgh Restaurant Festival returns for fourth year

The Edinburgh Restaurant Festival kicked off this week, with foodies flocking to over 20 restaurants around the city.

The festival is back for its fourth year, and will see lots of completely different eateries showcase the best food and drink they have to offer. Restaurants from The Ivy on the Square to Las Iguanas will offer deals throughout the day up until the 25th of February, attracting hundreds of visitors.

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The main event of this year’s festival will be the Moveable Feast – a tour of the city’s best restaurants. Diners will get five meals in five different places.

The Edinburgh Restaurant Festival website says that guests will get a starter and a paired drink at Gaucho and “a quick palate cleanser” of the new eteaket and Mackies tea sorbet. This will be followed by a main course and drink in the newly refurbished Rosehip, dessert at Tigerlily and a nightcap in Hyde and Sons. Tickets are priced at £50 per person, and are set to be one of the festival’s bestsellers once again.

A new addition this year is The Secret Dining Experience, where guests will get to try food in a top secret, surprising location. Tickets for this event are £30. More tasting sessions will take place throughout the city, and there will also be a lot of events to get tips from top chefs, recipe ideas and competitions.

For more information about the festival, head to http://www.edinevents.com/edinburgh-restaurant-festival/

 

Top five spots to try at the Edinburgh Restaurant Fest

Over the past decade or so, restaurants have been popping up all over Edinburgh and the city is becoming increasingly popular for fine cuisine. So it’s no wonder that it now has its own festival to celebrate that – the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival is running throughout October and celebrating the vast array of eateries the city has to offer. But with so much choice, how does one select somewhere to sample the best of Auld Reekie? Good thing we’ve written this Top 5 for you and whatever you might be in the mood for.

  1. The Outsider

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Sat along the George IV Bridge, this restaurant attracts the sort of crowd who might be discussing Joyce or Camus over sea bream and a glass of woody Merlot. Quiet, classy and candlelit, it has been a popular place for citizens looking for somewhere away from the crowds and is spacious enough that it feels cosy rather than crowded. You’re best booking a table in advance, though, because this restaurant’s excellent food and service are no little secret.

   2. Bread Meats Bread

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A Top 5 wouldn’t be complete without a burger, so here’s our pick of Edinburgh’s vast selection. It opened its first branch in Glasgow and opened one is Edinburgh last year. Since then it has become massively popular, particularly for students looking to crack open a couple of beers and relax after class. Get ready to wait though, this place is really too small for its popularity so there’s usually a queue. However, once you get sitting down the great service and food is most definitely worth it.

   3. Vittoria

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If you’re looking for the best Italian food in Edinburgh, look no further than Vittoria on Leith Walk. With neon light fixtures and mirrored walls, it can feel more like an ’80s disco than somewhere to eat tagliatelle, but make no mistake: this is authentic Italian dining at its finest. Partner up with a friend and get the “Meta Meta”, where you can order to dishes between you to try out. But if you’re a veteran of Italian food, you can’t really go wrong.

4. Salt Cafe

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Currently serving the Morningside crowd its daily bread, Salt Cafe is a relatively new addition to the long list of brunch places popping up around the area. You can order eggs done any way you like, on bacon, smoked salmon or avocado. If you’re looking to dine for Sunday brunch, get there a bit early, as this place is usually full to the brim.

   5. The Kitchin

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Of course, it would be remiss not to mention this famed Michelin-starred restaurant situated on Commercial Street. Opened in 2006 by Tom and Michaela Kitchen, the decor itself is a sight to behold. Leith might not be where you expect one of the most exclusive restaurants in the city to be, but the area has, in recent years, become a hive for fine Scottish cuisine.

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