The Grain Store
22 January 2012
Definitely worth the visit, The Grain Store was a delicious meal.
The food was seasonal which is always a great experience and it was inventively prepared. We had light and fresh oysters, scallops with caviar, halibut with garlic puree, and partridge.
The interior was very cozy and enjoyable.
The one downside was that the service was certainly lacking. Granted, despite trying to time our reservation around the seating of a large party, we somehow managed to still make it EXACTLY when they decided to sit. Still, the service team seemed completely overwhelmed at balancing the table the had with this party. They still were friendly but utterly confused.
I’d still go back, but I probably wouldnt take someone I particularly wanted to impress.
9 December 2010
A gorgeous restaurant - cozy, simple, charming and un-pretentious. The lunch menu - two courses for £12.50 - offered 3 options per course and all of it looked excellent. The focus on local products really comes through as does a wholesome elegance of the food and service alike. The atmosphere may be slightly better in the evenings (have never been there at night), but the lunch menu really is unbeatable both for price and quality.
4 August 2009
Best meal of my life!
29 December 2008
This is a fabulous restaurant. It’s been on my list of places I’d like to go for almost as long as I’ve been in Edinburgh and now I feel vindicated!
I went there for lunch yesterday. We ate from the set lunch menu which offers two courses for £10 and 3 for an incredibly reasonable £13.50.
So for my £13.50, I enjoyed a very fine smoked salmon and homemade horseradish sauce, followed by pheasant with red cabbage and celariac puree and followed again by white and dark chocolate mousse accompanied by a very nice orange muscat.
The wine list is impressive though not the cheapest you could ever hope to buy with prices starting at about £16 a bottle. But this is one of those restaurants where you almost don’t mind parting with the money as the overall atmosphere is so charming.
We were there day time so the grey Sunday afternoon drifted in through the sashed windows but evening time - as the other reviewers observe - apparently sees the place bedecked with candles making it perfect for a romantic encounter.
The maitre d’ was a delightful man. I’m not sure if he’s a permanent fixture but he should be.
This is undoubtedly one of Edinburgh’s hidden gems. And the very reasonably priced set menu makes it accessible to those with a less robust bank balance. Do try it for yourselves.
23 July 2008
A favourite restaurant of mine. It’s hidden away from the bustle of Victoria Street on the first floor - I’d passed it plenty of times before even realising it was there. The interior is rustic, traditional and comfortable, and suits the type of cuisine perfectly.
The Grain Store serves fine Scottish food - ok, so the portions are a little on the small side if you’re more of a 'hearty’ diner, but deliciously modern and aesthetically beautiful.
I’ve eaten in here both for lunch and for dinner. Lunch prices are much more reasonable, however for an evening meal, it’s worth the indulgence…the restaurant is candlelit and moody and has a lovely ambience in the evening.
Vegetarian options are rather limited. In fact, once when I’d eaten in here there were no vegetarian options for a starter at all. But the service staff were accommodating and ensured the chef was able to come up with something suitable for me. So don’t let the lack of vegetarian options put you off.
I’ve also eaten in here in a larger sized party, and the service was equally as good.
The Grain Store is a small restaurant, so booking is essential, but it’s well worth a look in.
20 July 2008
Gorgeous inside with rustic charm. The menu is a wonderful French / Scottish mix. The food is to die for. Amazing!
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