The Outsider

Price guide: Mid-range

15/16 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EE

Price guide: Mid-range

The Outsider - an unexciting entrance belies what lies within

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#12 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.7
4.7
Location:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Singles, Great views / scenery, Nightlife, People watching, Relaxation, Trendiness

Expert review of The Outsider

Trendy and spacious, with fabulous views over the old town and castle.

The Outsider is the sister restaurant of The Apartment, another favourite of mine. Many restaurants sell tables on the fact that you can catch a glimpse of Edinburgh Castle – The Outsider doesn't even mention it, but you get a belting view from here. It's on two different levels, not including the loos in the basement. Originally one big room it has been cleverly designed with a mezzanine and they have created several different areas. Some bigger areas for larger parties, other little nooks with upholstered seating. Majority of chairs are comfortable and wooden.

Proprietor Malcolm is a contrary bloke. He doesn't have a website and doesn't promote his restaurants. To the extent when I asked for photographs to list on this website which is my completely subjective guide to the city and what it has to offer for nothing he said he wasn't interested. I have included him anyway a] because I really rate his restaurants and b] to annoy him.

Food and drink: 

There are no starters and mains as such but a selection of bigger or smaller dishes for sharing. Chunky healthy lines are the area of the menu I always end up ordering from . These options are served on two bamboo skewers choice of  monkfish, lamb, chicken, prawns. I suppose they are healthy as they are skewer grilled not fried but you certainly don't feel like you are being good, always a plus in my book. Modern flavours presented creatively.

Recommended dishes: 

I find it hard to get past the minted lamb balls – oh yes. With fries. Slurp. Their own beetroot coleslaw stuffed into pitta bread is sublime and lots of cracking combos, with chicken, seafood, lamb and beef, are on offer.

Ambience: 

The are two levels in the restaurant, one a mezzanine. It's a quirky, big room and all the staff - male or female - are gorgeous. The place is always buzzing.

Service: 

The gorgeous ones who serve do so with a smile and a glint in their eye. Delightful.

Location: 

Just off The Royal Mile and up from The Grassmarket on the south side of Princes Street.

Other useful branches: 

The Apartment on Barclay Place in Bruntisfield is the sister restaurant and was opened first. Equally quirky menu and atmosphere.

More information on The Outsider:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Café, Restaurant
Food:
Fusion, Mediterranean, Thai
Address:
15/16 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EE
Telephone:
0131 226 3131
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sun noon-11pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential

Have you been to The Outsider? Would you recommended it?