Doing the Edinburgh festivals can be hungry work. Here’s a round-up of new Edinburgh restaurants and bars. Plus a couple imminent launches.
We’re starting at the One 20 Wine Café which has just opened on Dundas Street at number – oh you guessed it! – 120.
Wine from small independent producers plus informal light dining is the name of the game.
Open from 7.30am to late, seven days a week, One 20’s food menu shows the Italian influence of Head Chef Andrea Bianco.
The cakes, courtesy of the award-winning Luigi Biasetto, look gorgeous.
Apparently, the current incarnation of One 20 is just the first phase of a business which will, in time, include a ‘luxury food and wine boutique’.
New Edinburgh restaurants: Merienda
This blogger loves Edinburgh in August but we understand the urge to occasionally escape the crowds.
If you need a break from the city centre hustle then The Doo’Cot pub re-opens this weekend.
It is on Ferry Road in the Drylaw area – well away from the Old Town madness.
The kitchen isn’t up and running yet but the pub has a large beer garden. Handy if the forecasts for a return to sunny days prove correct.
Heading down to Leith, Nauticus is a new cocktail joint which is taking shape in the former Parlour Bar.
The new Duke Street venture promises to champion ‘Scottish liquor and produce’.
We don’t know much more at this stage except the team includes Iain McPherson, co-owner of city centre hot spots Hoot the Redeemer and Panda and Sons.
Heading over to Stockie, the super posh Spanish deli Goya 23 has said ‘Adios’.
In its place on North West Circus Place, a new restaurant called Merienda is currently being fitted out.
Med-inspired small plates will be on a menu which is split into sections such as ‘Gardens and Fields’, ‘Farms and Pastures’ and ‘Rivers and Seas’.
Typical dishes might be the seared Scottish langoustines with a Canarian salad; Portuguese suckling pig and pistachio or the millefeuille of shaved beetroot, goat cheese mousse and balsamic crisp.
Last but not least on the subject of new Edinburgh restaurants, we understand that the former Sasso in Newhaven is to become a gastropub.
As always keep checking back to the 5pm Food blog for more new Edinburgh restaurants and check out 5pm offers for the Edinburgh Festival here.