Paolozzi inspires modern art gallery makeover in Edinburgh

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art has re-opened the former Café Modern Two following an extensive makeover.

Monday, 9th December 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Monday, 9th December 2019, 11:50 am

The cafe will now be known as Paolozzi’s Kitchen, and has a brand new menu and interiors inspired by the acclaimed Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi who was especially recognised for his contribution to Pop Art and has a permanent exhibition at Modern Two.

The gallery worked in partnership with Heritage Portfolio to carry out the makeover.

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The stylish new cafe is inspired by acclaimed Scottish sculptor, Eduardo Paolozzi.

With an aim to create a fusion between culture and food, bringing together Eduardo’s Italian heritage with a Scottish twist, the new menu features a variety of Italian-influenced dishes, and sharing plates created with locally sourced produce to provide a refreshing sociable dining experience with a cultural backdrop.

Some of the new dishes include haggis lasagne, slow cooked venison ragu and panettone bread and butter pudding.

Set around Paolozzi’s 24ft high Vulcan sculpture, the new concept for the 72 cover restaurant pays homage to the sculptor who donated a large collection of his lifetime works to the gallery.

In 1999, one of the reasons Modern Two opened was to display his collection.

Siobhan Leith, head of marketing at Heritage Portfolio said: “Paolozzi’s Kitchen is the perfect fusion of Eduardo’s roots, serving classic Italian dishes made with seasonal and local Scottish produce to create a social dining experience.

“As one of Scotland’s most celebrated artists and someone whose work is very much at the heart of Modern Two, it therefore felt right to pay tribute to Paolozzi’s work in everything from the dishes and design of the menu, down to the colourful pop art inspired interior of the cafe.”

Paolozzi's Kitchen is open everyday from 10am until 4.30pm.