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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...
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Located on a prime piece of tourist real estate, yet still managing to retain a hideaway charm, Monteith’s aims for modern contemporary cuisine, to please both tourist and local tastes.Decor is a mix and match of eclectic pieces, from traditional tweed or leather covered straight-backed chairs, with Chesterfields in the bar area, to contemporary chic plastic chairs. Leather-bound books in the dining area are offset against a modern bar with stylishly under-lit bar shelves. Does it work? I’m not sure, really, but it’s certainly interesting...
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