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Paul Kitching’s Georgian townhouse – named for the number of options for each section of its five-course tasting menu – celebrated its tenth year in 2019: “it’s a small dining room looking through glass onto the kitchen so you can see the large number of chefs working hard”. His trademark culinary style is “never dull”, although “some dishes have so many distinct flavours it can become confusing”. That’s always been a part of his gastronomic DNA, however, even when he was at Juniper in Altrincham, so why Michelin chose this year to take his star away is a mystery to us, and for most reporters this remains “a little gem in every way”.
“An amazing experience”: individualistic chef Paul Kitching serves some “exquisite” (“perhaps a tad too complicated?”) cuisine and a notable wine selection, according to fans of his “cosy” Georgian townhouse, where he celebrates his tenth anniversary in 2019. The enigmatic title refers to the number of options on each of the five courses of his signature changing menu.
“An exceptional use of a variety of ingredients without overloading dishes” creates food that’s “divine but not heavy” at Paul Kitching’s offbeat but comfortable and “secluded” Georgian townhouse, where “attentive but relaxed and friendly service” adds to the experience.
If it wasn’t all a bit “wacky” it wouldn’t be a Paul Kitching restaurant. With “really weird decor (think Michelin handbook meets a mid-90s computer game!)”, and food that provides “odd (sometimes inspired) combinations of flavours and ingredients”, this Georgian townhouse is certainly a “quirky” venue; “there’s a lot of fun here, however, including service which is far from stuffy” – even if at root this is a “textbook fine dining experience”. “Expect to take a lovely long time over your meal – an amazing collection of different tastes.”
|Wine per bottle||£39.00|
3 Royal Ter, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB
|Wednesday||12 pm‑1:45 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑1:45 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑1:45 pm, 6:45 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑1:45 pm, 6:45 pm‑9:30 pm|