Monday morning means new Edinburgh restaurants.
Glasgow seems a little quiet at the moment in terms of notable new openings. By contrast, as the various Edinburgh festivals gear up, the capital’s restaurant scene has gone into overdrive.
The first of the new Edinburgh restaurants we will mention is The Wine House 1821.
To be strictly accurate, it is neither new nor a restaurant.
Rather than a restaurant, the Picardy Place venue might be more accurately described as a smart wine and cocktail bar with rooms.
It is a joint venture between Scottish restaurateur, Sep Marini, and the Italian wine house, Zonin1821.
The Wine House 1821 first launched late last year without much fanfare. Over the weekend it relaunched with a lavish party which seems certain to make much more of a splash.
Housed in a spacious Georgian townhouse, The Wine House 1821 features a basement cocktail bar and a ground floor wine bar, both designed by architect Claudio Silvestrin.
Adjacent to the main wine bar area is a rather cool wine library space where you can sip your vino surrounded by dozens of different bottles.
New Edinburgh restaurants: sharing platters
In addition, there are four ultra-glam boutique bedrooms and an elegant event suite.
They have more than 130 wines available by the bottle and a good selection by the glass. If you prefer, there are cocktails, beers and spirits.
The kitchen has kept the food simple. Look out for sharing platters and light bites designed to accompany the wines. Lunch, after works drinks, lazy Saturday afternoons – The Wine House 1821 would work for them all.
If we take a short stroll from Picardy Place to St Andrew Square, we will come across the recently opened Registers development.
If all goes plan, come late spring 2019, this will house Tattu, a contemporary Chinese restaurant.
The original branch opened in Manchester in 2015. According to their website, their chefs fuse ‘traditional flavours with modern cooking methods’.
We haven’t eaten there but the food looks innovative and beautifully presented.
New Edinburgh restaurants: Yamato Sushi
Sticking with food from that side of the world, we need to mention Yamato Sushi.
It opened earlier this year on Lochrin Terrace, just around the corner from the Cameo cinema.
Yamato is the sister restaurant to the highly rated Kanpai Japanese restaurant on Grindlay Street.
Top notch Wagyu beef, sushi and tempura are the attractions here.
For many Kanpai is the top Japanese restaurant in Edinburgh. If Yamato is anywhere near as good, it will be worth a neb.
Keep checking back for more new Edinburgh restaurants.