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It may be pitched right on the Royal Mile main drag, but this stylish bistro and bar deserves plaudits for avoiding the tourist trap clichés. Reached via a small close, Monteiths has a
lights-turned-down, clubby ambience and even flirts with kitsch – yet it remains tasteful and playful, right down to the brasserie-style menu. Scottish staples such as crab, mussels, grass-fed
beef, venison, haggis and oysters are all tossed into the eclectic melting pot, and the kitchen conjures up some lively modern ideas ranging from Arbroath smokie risotto with poached egg or John
Dory with surf clams, sea beet and capers to pork belly with pig’s cheek fritters and cauliflower purée or wood pigeon with black pudding and rhubarb chutney. Desserts show the kitchen’s lighter
side (chocolate fudge cake with salted caramel popcorn), and there are some decent Scottish cheeses too.
A few weeks ago we found ourselves on the no. 35 heading up to the Royal Mile and excitedly talking about what we were going to have from the new cocktail menu at Monteiths. We’d been invited along to sample both the new cocktail menu and some food. Now i’d had a quick look at the menu and there was so many lovely things i’d wanted to try. I’d previously been to Monteiths for a drink but Mr Edinburger had never been and was very much looking forward to the evening.For those of you who don’t know, Monteiths is situated down a wee alley just off the Royal Mile. Basically just follow the fairy lights. They have a lovely seating area outside and then inside you’re greeted with a very cosy, traditional Scottish feeling room. Due to the lightening we had a bit of a camera failure and Monteiths have kindly provided us images of the interior and cocktails...
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