If you are always looking for fresh ideas for dining out, there is seldom any shortage of new restaurants in Edinburgh.
In the West End, Otro opened recently on Coates Crescent.
It is a new brasserie from the team behind the popular New Chapter on Eyre Place.
The venture is in the premises formerly occupied by the Indian Cavalry Club.
Incidentally, the Cavalry Club’s website promises that they will be back soon in a new form.
Open all day at Otro
Anyway, Otro is open from breakfast through to dinner and, as well as, the edibles, offers a nifty cocktail list.
Visitors can certainly start their day well as Otro. As well as breakfast rolls, eggs Benedict and a full Scottish, there are fresh fruit salads, pastries and organic porridge with honey.
Naturally, there are several varieties of coffee and a short but sweet selection of loose leaf teas to help get your morning off to a flying start.
From noon to 6pm, there is a set menu at two courses for £12.95 and three for £16.95.
The a la carte has plenty of appealing options.
We could be tempted by the North Sea coley with salsa verde on a chickpea, chorizo and wild garlic salad.
Or the slow-cooked beef cheeks with parsley mash, curly kale and Bourguignon sauce.
Some of the dishes have intriguing little tweaks. For example, a starter of Shetland mussels is cooked with bourbon and paprika rather than the more conventional white wine, vermouth or cider.
Haggis, neeps and tatties is given a little twist with pickled turnips in place of the usual mashed neeps.
If you prefer to play with a straight bat, Otro also has a selection of steaks – all dry aged for 35 days courtesy of Hendersons Butchers.
Tough for new restaurants in Edinburgh
As we mentioned at the top, there is a constant stream of new restaurants in Edinburgh and both standing out from the crowd and surviving are tough.
If New Chapter is anything to go by, Otro has as good a chance of thriving as any.
The 5pm Dining blog wishes them every success.