Restaurant review: Edinburgh Larder, Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Larder focuses on seasonal ingredients and local suppliers. Picture: Ian Rutherford
The Edinburgh Larder focuses on seasonal ingredients and local suppliers. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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As thousands of tourists flock to the city, this quirky and freshly renovated bistro in Alva Street offers locals a secret hideaway.

Similar in style to Stockbridge’s Scran and Scallie, but without the long waiting list and with a more experimental menu, The Edinburgh Larder’s food focuses on seasonal ingredients from local suppliers. While I enjoyed a glass of wine, The Driver tucked into a glass of homemade elderflower cordial, made from locally foraged elderflower. He accompanied this with a starter of pigeon breast with organic turnip (£6.50), cooked to perfection. I tried the enticing combination of squid with black pudding, gooseberry syrup, pickled carrots and Arran leaves (£5.95), which was a fresh, summery mix of well-balanced flavours.

With plates licked clean, next up was the rack of lamb with garlic and herb crisps (£17.95). The Driver opted for the fillet of local mullet with mussels and sea foraged vegetables (£15.95) which was beautiful.

Though there was barely any room left for dessert, The Driver was intrigued by the cheese board containing Scottish varieties he had never heard of (£6.50). I surrendered to the meadowsweet set cream, finished with summer berries and granite infused with local tea shop Eteaket’s “blooming marvellous” blend. An unusual balance of sweetness (£5.95).

It is always a good sign when you book in for lunch later that week before your dessert plates are cleared, and learning that they are open for Sunday brunch for the month of August, I am now torn between telling everyone I meet and keeping it our little secret for a little bit longer.