75 St. Leonards Street, Edinburgh
- Recommended for:
- Singles, Relaxation
Expert review of Blonde
Blonde is small, bijou and not in the best location in town. However, Andy MacGregor, the chef proprietor, whips up a storm in the kitchen and knows Edinburgh and its people like the back of his hand, so it is always busy.
His food is well-priced and the menu changes daily, bringing specials and unexpected old favourites out to surprise and delight. It started as a very popular restaurant with students, due to its location and reasonable prices, but good news travels fast so this is an all round Edinburgh favourite with all.
There's a Scottish twist on a lot of the food available. But if it isn't in season you won't see it on the menu. In winter months expect to see venison and game with the summer dominated by fish and fresh local vegetables.
Homemade soup with hunks of breadand any seasonal casserole as a winter warmer.
If you want something lighter, I'd go for the salad that is on all the time the smoked paprika and lime chicken; roast red peppers; cashews; dill and lemon crème fraiche.
Originally one small room and then knocked trhough when the plumber next door sold up, there are now two distinct seating areas, both equally attractive. Wood floors, light walls, and light - dare I say blonde wood - tables and chairs. Two large picture windows help light to flood in during daylight hours, also giving a great view of Salisbury Craggs in the distance.
Informal, expect to pour your own wine, smiley, young and local.
On the main A7 on the way in from the A1 and Dalkeith Road. About another 100 yards on from the Commonwealth Swimming Pool on the opposite side of the road.
Coming from town you will pass The Pleasance, which is part of the university until August when it becomes one of the biggest venues for the Edinburgh fringe. Booking Blonde is essential as people flock to eat Andy MacGregor's good, well-priced food.
The set price two-course lunch is £11.90, three courses £13.90; a main course costs, on average £11, starters and desserts around £5.
This is a one off. The chef proprietor likes to keep control and he is always in the kitchen meaning continuity of service and food.
More information on Blonde:
- Price guide:
- Bistro, Restaurant
- British, Modern
- 75 St. Leonards Street, Edinburgh
- 0131 668 2917
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sun noon-10pm
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Free tags / Keywords:
- set price, pre-theatre, Cheap eats