British, Modern European·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of 21212

Silver Award

Set in a lushly refurbished Victorian townhouse, this one-off venture provides the setting for chef Paul Kitching’s forays into gastronomic performance art and leftfield experimentation. The ‘21212’ moniker should really be ‘31313’ as there are now three starter choices, then soup, three mains, then cheese and finally three desserts. Both lunch and dinner can involve the whole shebang, although you can have fewer courses, priced accordingly. Kitching is a “hugely talented” chef who is capable of conjuring up a daily riot of fantastical constructions ranging from scallop ‘pudding’ with barley, onion and sweetcorn, prune and macadamia, pink peppercorns and balsamic to ‘halibut, egg shells’ (a combo involving prawn, cauliflower, walnuts, crab, rice salad and soy). The jokes come thick and fast as the kitchen works its magic – note ‘10CC’ (a dish involving 10 ingredients, all beginning with the letter ‘C’). As expected, desserts also let rip, from ‘ginger-nuts’ (chestnut, cinder toffee, glazed meringue, black berry brûlée and ‘crème stem’) to ‘APPPs’ (described as a ‘rice cream chocy egg’). It’s all about high-wire thrills here, and the whole show is backed by “great service”.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
British, Modern European
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Traditional
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Dates, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About 21212

21212 serves up modern European cuisine that has been endorsed by the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal.

Headed up by chef Paul Kitching, who previously ran Juniper in Greater Manchester, the restaurant also has four bedrooms.

Food-wise the five course menu changes weekly, but you get the choice of two starters, soup, two main dishes, cheese and to finish two desserts (hence the name). Dishes include the likes of Spanish barley stew, “hot dog-fish” with dill potato pickles and lemon and strawberry rice pudding.

It would make sense to go for the five-course meal given that is what the restaurant is famous for, but if the idea of that much food doesn’t quite appeal to you, smaller set menus are available and priced accordingly.

As with all good restaurants, all its ingredients are sourced locally, and the wine selection features bottles from all over the world.

If you fancy staying in one of the four rooms on offer above the restaurant – which resides in a Victorian townhouse – expect views overlooking either the city or the stunning garden, depending on which side you end up staying on. Interior-wise the rooms are simple and traditional, the perfect place to retreat to after your meal in the restaurant.

The long narrow dining room pays homage to its Victorian past with the original coving and peppermint colour scheme, but the luxurious seating and chandelier give it a modern touch which makes this dining room the perfect place to enjoy your meal. The tables are also placed to give you a full view of the open kitchen so you can watch as your unique dishes are prepared from start to finish.

Location for 21212

3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB

0345 22 21212


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-14:00
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 07:00-09:30
Thu 07:00-09:30
Fri 07:00-09:30
Sat 07:00-09:30
Sun Closed

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25 December 2013  
I guess since it was named the choices have increased as it is now a choice of 3 starters, mains and deserts. I'm fairly Michelin stared restaurants jaded since my broker days, just how much and often can you eat fois and truffle (ok quite a lot!). So 21212 proved to be an absolute treat. The food was stunningly amazing, rather than being a chunk of protein with veg as you'd find in traditional restaurants, each dish here was a construction of small parts across the plate incorporating textures and flavours, all of which complimented each other impeccably. even the soup which you'd might imagine to be a mundane course was a total tasty treat, on our visit seasonal vegetable with hearty helping of seasonal veg in it. My description doesn't in anyway do the menu justice, but safe to say we'll be back soon and as an especial treat maybe stay in one of the rooms too.
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