A sublime Michelin-starred dining experience, expect the best in modern French cuisine served with style, passion and a touch of humour.
A relative new-comer to the high end of Edinburgh’s eating out scene, 21212 wasted no time in securing accolades and awards including Best New Restaurant in the UK the year it opened. The name reflects the number of choices for each course – two starters, two mains, two desserts and set soup and cheese courses – which combined represent innovative and imaginative menus carefully created by owner and top chef Paul Kitching.
The restaurant occupies the ground floor of a stunningly restored and restyled Edinburgh listed townhouse – attention to detail and original features shine through a bold re-imagining of a period property. Pre dinner drinks and long views of the Firth of Forth can be lingered over in the first floor drawing room, while the plush dining room is infused with an intimate luxury.
The best feature however, is the surprisingly calm open kitchen (ask for table one for a front row view) where a well oiled team of chefs conjure up truly memorable and well thought through, slow cooked cuisine. Katie O’Brien, Paul’s partner, fronts a team of waiting staff who share a passion for good food and belief in friendly, knowledgeable and far from stuffy service.
The wine list is as impressive as the menu, featuring an expected comprehensive range of French, a less expected choice of Lebanese and good selection of half bottles. The five course dinner is worth every penny of £68 per person and lunch is a steal at £28. Open Daily noon – 3pm and 5.30-10pm.
Reviewed and Recommended by Lesley Anne Rose lesleyannerose.co.uk