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January 23, 2013
Field's interior. Pic by
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New Year means new restaurants in Edinburgh. The latest to take the plunge are chef Gordon Craig and maitre d’ Richard Conway who have just opened Field on West Nicolson Street. The new venture has taken over the premises formerly occupied by Home Bistro.

Michelin star venues feature prominently in the pair’s CVs. The duo previously worked together at the capital’s Plumed Horse while Craig has put in stints at the Roux family’s Waterside Inn at Bray, Gleneagles Hotel and the Champignon Sauvage at Cheltenham.

Value for money

‘We’re following the Michelin quality concept but without any pretentiousness and concentrating on providing great value for money,’ said Conway whose background also includes managing the Wee Restaurant at North Queensferry.

‘Field will serve the food I like to eat myself,’ added Craig.  ‘It’s similar to the food I’ve helped create at Michelin-starred restaurants, simplified for a small bistro and with some playful elements added.’

The full menu is here but typical starters are the smoked mackerel, confit sweet potato and grilled aubergine terrine with tartare sauce or the home-cured Scottish salmon with dill blinis, beetroot and crème fraiche.

The current selection of main courses includes a chorizo burger with sweet potato chips and spicy mayo as well as a roast breast of chicken crammed with haggis, haggis sausage, turnip dauphinois, maple glazed carrots and Drambuie cream.

World class wines

The team are not afraid to come out fighting. Apparently, the 22 cover restaurant will showcase ‘world class wines at prices which will shame Edinburgh’s top-end establishments.’

Naturally, 5pm Restaurants are also well represented in the area. You can browse their offers from here.

Gordon Craig is firing up the kitchen at Field
Gordon Craig is firing up the kitchen at Field. Pic by