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The Lantern Room is a new restaurant and bar on Baxter’s Place.
Nope, we didn’t know where Baxter’s Place was either. Turns out, it’s at the top of Leith Walk and, conveniently, it’s a two minute stroll from Edinburgh Playhouse.
It is part of the Marriott Courtyard hotel but, naturally, is open to non-residents.
The dining room and bar look very sleek and we predict that the big heated terrace is going to prove popular for sun downers.
The main menu is a flexible mix of sharing platters, small plates and classics such as sausage of the day, fish ‘n’ chips plus a selection of burgers.
If the main menu is packed with familiar dishes, the prix fixe menu is where the kitchen lets its imagination fly.
The starters on the opening prix fixe included a terrine of curried chicken and prune with piccalilli and toasted hazelnuts plus a dish of creamed goat’s cheese with roasted beetroot, compressed watermelon and a cracked black pepper tuile.
We also like the look of the main course braised shin of beef with cauliflower purée, vegetables, horseradish crisp and onion crumb.
Chef David Watson has a keen eye for presentation and dishes like his rump of beef with kale, onion gel and beetroot look very appetising.
You can book in to The Lantern Room from 5pm Dining.
More Edinburgh food news
At the other end of town, the irrepressible Rosario Sartore is expanding out from his Locanda de Gusti restaurant on Dalry Road.
Pizzeria 1926 is, as the name suggests, a pizza restaurant and it sits on the opposite side of Dalry Road from Locanda.
We think it used to be Mei Mei Chinese restaurant.
Neapolitan-style pizza is the name of the game and early visitors such as the Edinburgh Foody blog have been impressed. Read their review here.