In a quest to keep you up to date with where is great to eat and drink in Edinburgh, our new restaurant reviews section by (Amanda, Chrystal, Jo and Margaret) takes a look at where the best of the best is in Edinburgh right now
What started out as a quiet drink on a Saturday night turned into a full blown three course dinner with wine, and then a few more wines on the way home, as the temptation in the excellent new restaurant/bar the Devils Advocate was just too great to resist.
The Devils Advocate has just opened in the old town on Advocates close, which is tucked between the Royal Mile (opposite St Giles Cathedral) and winds its way down just near Waverley station, accessible only by foot but most definitely worth the walk!
The style is slightly funky European underground with a big Scottish seal of approval. Originally an old pump house to move water uphill, it has been transformed into a split level bar and restaurant. The design is intimate and cosy with plenty of little nooks to settle into with a glass of wine or cocktail.
The background music is chilled and not too noisy. The establishment wasn’t overly busy as you would expect for a Saturday evening, but it is new so it is likely to get busier. It looked like they had DJ’s ready to play later in the evening but we left before they started.
The restaurant has a great selection of wine with about ten different choices for both red and white – all very reasonably priced. There is a huge selection of whiskeys with over 300 to choose from and a selection craft IPA beer on tap including Meantime London pale ale and delicious Black Isle Organic Porter!
The menu presents a good mix of dishes with a firm focus on seasonal, local and some definitive classics. Starters include macaroni cheese – with truffle oil – £5 (I had this for starters it was obscenely nice) Black Haggis Bonbons £4 and Smoked Salmon Tartare £5.
There was a good range of six mains; we opted for pearl barley risotto with beetroot and tomato, which seems an unusual combination but it was delicious.
Do we recommend this restaurant? Absolutely yes, it’s fantastic, great location, good prices and lovely staff. 10 out of 10.