Chef who has cooked for Taylor Swift, Metallica and Demi Lovato adds Latin flavour to Edinburgh’s New Town

An Edinburgh chef who has cooked for some of the world’s biggest music stars, including Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Metallica and Dire Straits’ Mark Knopler, is bringing his own brand of Latin flavour and style to the Capital’s New Town from the end of May.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 12:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th May 2021, 12:35 pm
Scott Wyse and Mike Lynch from Superico

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Chef Scott Wyse has teamed up with Edinburgh mixologist Mike Lynch and a team of five to launch the 40-cover Superico Restaurant at 83 Hanover Street from Thursday, May 20 and 180 capacity Superico Bar and Lounge at 99 Hanover Street from late June.

The style of Superico’s two new venues is influenced by the bold flavours of South America, which 34-year-old Scott has experienced first-hand on his travels south of the equator.

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Signature South American dishes on the new Superico menu will include ceviche and crudo inspired by Nikkei cuisine in Peru, beef cheek with mole from Oaxaca in Mexico and fresh mojo sauces inspired by Chile.

Scott and Mike were part of the team that launched the Devil’s Advocate in Edinburgh’s Old Town in 2013.

Scott began his culinary career at the age of 15 and worked his way up through some of the Capital’s most respected restaurants, including The Witchery by the Castle and The Tower Restaurant.

He has also been inspired by his four-year stint heading up the catering for global music stars at the MTV Music Awards in London, Seville, Bilboa and Rotterdam.

Later this year, Superico Bar and Lounge plans to launch live DJ sessions at weekends.

Both Superico venues have been transformed by Edinburgh-based maximal design studio, JA!COCO!, which was selected amongst 20 global studios for the 'Emerging Interior Design Studio of the Year’ award by design magazine, Dezeen.

Mike, 31, is a hospitality manager and award-winning mixologist, having won the title of ‘UK’s Best Cocktail Bar for Edinburgh’s Bramble Bar in 2019 and representing the bar in numerous industry events in cities such as London, Copenhagen, New York and Denver in the United States.

At Superico, Mike plans to focus on aperitivo-style drinks with a section for spritzes and Martini’s served straight from the freezer, as well as speciality wines from around the world.

Mike said: “We can’t wait to bring a unique South American flair to Edinburgh’s Hanover Street. Expect a fun, vibrant and stylish setting across both of our two venues with outgoing, knowledgeable and attentive service.

“Guests will enjoy hustle and bustle in the restaurant where they’ll get the chance to see the bar and kitchen team work side by side in the open space to the rear of the restaurant.

“Superico has the ambition to quickly become a well established social venue in Edinburgh with global recognition.”

Scott added: “I’m not just looking at the typical styles and flavours that you may associate with South America, but also how other cultures have influenced them such as Nikkei cuisine which is the Japanese influence on Peru.

“Expect some niche flavours, but I will make them approachable and fit the fun and relaxed atmosphere.”

Superico Restaurant at 83 Hanover Street is due to open on Thursday May 20 from 5pm.

Open Wednesday to Friday from 5pm, Saturday from 12pm and Sunday from 11am.

Aperitvo will be on offer until 6pm every day the restaurant is open, including two small plates and a cocktail for £18.

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