Food and drink
Cocktails at the bar are great, very Sex In The City, with the city of Edinburgh laid out all around.
In The Brasserie I am a sucker for a Caesar salad, whereas my better half swears by the charcuterie with bread and pesto. Smoked salmon & bread and salad a safe bet to as is the ubiquitous soup of the day. If we're in The Restaurant I always plump for the daily special. The chef is great and whatever is market-fresh and good enough for him, is certainly good enough for me. Alternatively he has a great touch with fish.
It's glamourous. There are three distinct areas but they are all open plan. The views are just as good whether you are drinking coffee, eating a muffin, having a quick lunch mid-shopping frenzy with the girls, splurging on a major three course dinner or sipping a Manhattan at the bar. It is sophisticated, chic and apart from the startling views and Scottish ingredients on the menu, you could be mistaken for thinking you are in New York, Rome, London or Paris.
They do service very well. Slick, polished, uniformed and discreet.
As the name would suggest it is on the top of Harvey Nichols in St Andrews Square overlooking George Street, Princes Street, the shops and buzzing city below. Even if you just want a drink, you really have to pop in for a look. It's a short walk from anywhere in the centre, on all main bus routes and also just moments from Waverely Train Station.
The cafe opens for breakfast and is well priced. A fresh breakfast muffin costs £2 and a cappuccino £2.85; The Restaurant offers two courses from the Scottish Market Menu for lunch at £22.50; and the Brasserie does a great Ceasar Salad with chicken and bacon for £7/£9.50 or Cumberland sausage and mash for £9. For surroundings like this, I believe it's excellent value. Average prices for the brasserie are £10 for a main course and £5 for a starter.
Tables to book
Ask for any table near the vast picture windows.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Great views / scenery
- People watching