29 July 2014


33a St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, Central Scotland EH3 5AH

£35.00 British Central Scotland
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  • Lunch: £12.95/£15.95 (2/3 courses)
  • Dinner: £21.95/£25.95 (2/3 courses)
  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 12N-2.30pm 6-10pm

Square Meal Review of Purslane ?

This bijou 20-cover basement in Stockbridge is the unlikely setting for one of Edinburgh’s hidden culinary gems. Chef/patron Paul Gunning learned his trade with the likes of Marco Pierre White and Jeff Bland (of Michelin-starred Number One), and it shows in a menu that oozes quality and class – as well as outstanding value. Pleasantly informal surrounds provide the backdrop for deftly executed dishes such as sautéed prawns with crab bonbons and shellfish sauce, sun-blush tomato and goats’ cheese risotto, or pork loin with pommes Anna, shallot Tatin and a stunningly intense cider reduction. For afters, go for cheeses from LJ Mellis or try something sweet – perhaps summer pudding or cherry clafoutis with cherry sorbet. Also check out the cut-price midweek offer, when the seven-course tasting menu can be had for just £60 for two.

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