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Summary

ÂŁ85
 ££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This former Newington fixture decamped to the Garden Room at the Kimpton Hotel in July 2020, with early reports suggesting that “the new premises are smarter and suit the food well”. “You might have seen their head chef, Stuart Ralston, on 'Great British Chef' this year, but it's the most welcoming and comfortable place – feel free to wear shorts – whilst the food is superb”. Showcased in a six-course tasting menu entirely baked, fermented etc. in-house, dishes are “quite involved” (one reporter’s meal ran as follows: “Daikon and trout in a wonderful clear tomato consomme; wild halibut with peas, sea vegetables and a cream jus; scallops with pickled lettuce and a poached onion or lamb three ways; a strawberry and sheep’s milk pre-pudding; sorrel, chocolate and fudge and then petits fours”).

Summary

ÂŁ81
 ££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Stunningly good food” – “consistently ambitious, intriguing and successful in its execution of superb ingredients” – is on the daily, no-choice, six-course menu at this dynamic Newington fixture, where everything is baked, fermented and otherwise created in-house. “All the food is good but the fish is really outstanding”. (The name rhymes with hazel, and is Scots for a glowing hot ember).

Summary

ÂŁ81
 ££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Stunningly good food” – “consistently ambitious, intriguing and successful in its execution of superb ingredients” – is on the daily, no-choice, six-course menu at this dynamic Newington fixture, where everything is baked, fermented and otherwise created in-house. “All the food is good but the fish is really outstanding”. (The name rhymes with hazel, and is Scots for a glowing hot ember).

Summary

ÂŁ79
 ££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Tasting menus can become a little tiresome” – not least when they’re semi-blind, with diners only told what seasonal ingredients might feature – but this refined, country-style venture “manages it with a magical touch”.

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Owner's description

Aizle opened in Edinburgh in April 2014, offering Edinburgh its first neo-bistro. Co-owned by husband and wife Stuart Ralston and Krystal Goff, the 36-seater restaurant serves a set-menu dinner based on a monthly list of seasonal ingredients selected by chef Stuart. The dining experience begins with a few snacks. Dishes like ajo blanco or puffed beef tendon with smoked bone marrow and oyster leaf. Visually beautiful dishes with sophisticated flavour combinations, like heritage carrot with ox tongue and whipped buttermilk, or locally-reared chicken with Cevennes onions and XO sauce, and matcha tea craquelin with apple and celery salad. Aizle's customer, the open-minded diner, is rewarded with dishes they could not have dreamt of, and certainly won't have ordered before. In essence, the concept is about offering diners an enjoyable evening of interesting food in a relaxed environment.

Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 85.00 Dinner only 6
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £32.00
Filter Coffee £6.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%

Current menus

Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
14
No dress code
45
3
The Garden Room in The Kimpton Hotel, 38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4HQ
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Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday5 pm‑8:30 pm
Thursday5 pm‑8:30 pm
Friday5 pm‑8:30 pm
Saturday5 pm‑8:30 pm
Sunday5 pm‑8:30 pm

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