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January 9, 2019

Split over two floors, Lady Libertine is the latest opening from the Bon Vivant group of venues.

With a wine and café bar on the ground floor and a restaurant and bar on the basement floor, Lady Libertine joins Hawksmoor steak restaurant and The Register Club in Edinburgh Grand, the plush serviced apartments development on the corner of St Andrew Square and South St Andrew Street.

The ground floor café and wine bar is open from 9am and the 150 capacity venue stays open until 3am for cocktails and wine, live music and DJs.

The kitchen team is led by Exec Chef Nico Ewert. His menus are said to be inspired by the Byzantine empire with influences from Persia, North Africa and the southern Mediterranean.

Exotic spices, citrus, pulses, slow cooked meats and unleavened bread are the stars of the show.

Mezze and more

The ground floor café bar has a mezze menu of little grazing dishes. All priced at £3, these include baba ganoush, creamed feta and Marrakesh olives.

The basement floor also offers mezze such as fried green olives, merguez meatballs, a fava bean falafel and chicken wings flavoured with Jerusalem spice, zaatar and Yemeni hot sauce. Which we are guessing is zhoug.

They also serve a variety of kebabs and flatbreads. Think along the lines of pork souvlaki gyros, lamb shawarma and a chicken thigh kebab.

Other options include a charred cauliflower dish with, among other ingredients, pomegranate molasses.

A new one for us is sabich. Apparently, this is a dish which features fried aubergine, boiled egg, hummus, sesame and a pickled mango relish.

Inventive cocktails

A short but interesting beer list sits alongside creative cocktail selections. No idea what it tastes like but we loved the name of the Make Americano Great Again cocktail.

And, of course, there is a menu of still wines, sparklers and Champagne. Bang on trend, the list also includes a handful of pink and orange wines.

As well as The Register Club, the Bon Vivant portfolio includes The Devil's Advocate, the El Cartel cantinas and the original Bon Vivant on Thistle Street.

Lady Libertine knows her way around the gantry.

Lady Libertine knows her way around the gantry. Pic: Facebook