It could have been risky opening a second restaurant in the space of a year (Mark Greenaway's eponymous restaurant is just up the hill) in a venue with a dubious track record (the converted bank on Circus Place winding down to Stockbridge has seen off an Italian and fish restaurant); however, the gamble seems to have paid off. This buzzing bistro, which opened at the end of 2013, serves French brasserie classics with a Scottish twist. Think starters of Aberdeen Angus beef carpaccio, white onion ice cream, or a salad of conrnichons, crisp shallots, and soused mushrooms along with a melt-in-the-mouth tempura soft-shell crab with a deconstructed tartar sauce. The five-course grazing menu, meanwhile, is paired not just with wine but perfectly matched with smoky cocktails, beer, and whisky, while the dessert bar (Mark Greenaway's speciality is puddings) is another innovative concept.
Bistro Moderne by Mark Greenaway
15 North West Circus Place
Our Rating Neighborhood Stockbridge Hours Sun 9am–9pm; Fri, Sat 8–11am; daily noon–2:30pm, 5:30–10pm Phone 0131/225–4431 Prices Mains £12–£18, tasting menu £45, with drinks £70 Cuisine Type Modern Bistro Web site Bistro Moderne by Mark Greenaway
Map15 North West Circus Place Edinburgh
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