Blonde

Price guide: Mid-range

75 St. Leonards Street, Edinburgh

Price guide: Mid-range

Blonde exterior

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#22 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
3.9
3.9
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
2.9
2.9
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Singles, Relaxation

Expert review of Blonde

A Scottish owner/chef who creates great food using seasonal produce.

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.

Food and drink: 

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.

Recommended dishes: 

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.

Ambience: 

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.

Service: 

Informal, expect to pour your own wine, smiley, young and local.

Location: 

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.

Price advice: 

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.

Other useful branches: 

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:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Restaurant
Food:
British, Modern
Address:
75 St. Leonards Street, Edinburgh
Telephone:
0131 668 2917
Website:
http://www.blonderestaurant.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sun noon-10pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
set price, pre-theatre, Cheap eats

Have you been to Blonde? Would you recommended it?