As a team of foodies we feel so fortunate to be based in Edinburgh, a place that is bursting with culinary delights – from Michelin starred restaurants to trendy city centre bars. With a thriving restaurant scene that is ever evolving, this year saw lots of exciting new eateries open their doors. We’ve selected five of our favourite new arrivals that are well worth a visit.

1. Chop House

Chop House already had branches in Leith and Market Street before opening their newest (and largest) restaurant in Bruntsfield earlier this year. The Chop House team scoured the length and breadth of the country and selected a small group of suppliers that they knew could provide them with exceptional pedigree beef. These suppliers consist of Shaws Fine Meats, Aberdeenshire Highland Beef and (slightly further afield) Ireland’s Hannan Meats. The restaurant itself maintains the same distinctive feel of the other two establishments including the fabulous “Captain’s Table”, a private dining area for small groups.


2. Grand Café at The Scotsman

The Scotsman’s Grand Café opened its doors in June and is based within the Scotsman Newspaper’s former advertising hall on North Bridge. The interior is truly a sight to behold, filled with light, character and exquisite period features, dating all the way back to 1905. Inspired by the ‘Grand Cafes’ of Europe, the venue promises a welcoming, relaxed drinking and dining experience to suit all tastes and occasions. The Café offer evolves throughout the day, from a bustling brunch service all the way through to cocktails and live jazz and piano until the wee hours. And with Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Chris Niven leading the helm, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.

3. The Fishmarket, Newhaven

Ok we admit it, the team here rejoiced when we heard that there was to be a brand new fish and chip joint opening right on our doorstep! And, it certainly didn’t disappoint! The Fishmarket serves only the freshest, sustainable fish and seafood from the days catch. The menu is simple and straightforward, with everything cooked to order. You have the option to either takeaway or to sit in the light and airy restaurant and gaze blissfully at the picturesque view over Newhaven harbour.

4. Fazenda

Based centrally on the sophisticated and highly reputable George Street is Fazenda, a new Brazilian rodizio restaurant. This upmarket chain offers a unique dining experience whereby you can control the service with the aid of a small double-sided card placed on your table. The green side signals the chefs to bring out skewers of sizzling meats one by one, while the red side indicates a resting point. Once you are ready to go again you simply turn the card back over to green. All this meat is accompanied by a staggering all you can eat gourmet salad bar that tempts you with everything from continental cheeses to fresh cut vegetables.

5. Hawksmoor

A short walk from St. Andrew’s Square will lead you to new steak restaurant Hawksmoor, which is located in the former National Bank of Scotland Banking Hall, a Grade A listed “building of national importance”. This is the first Scottish branch of the chain that already boasts successful branches in London and Manchester. The Edinburgh menu draws on the amazing produce that Scotland has to offer, featuring seafood from around the Scottish coast and beef from grass-fed native bred cattle from both sides of the border.

It’s fair to say that we are not short of delicious places to eat in the capital and even then there’s more to come in the next few months. Tom Kitchen’s new restaurant, the Southside Scran, is due to open in November and following the closure of Mark Greenaway’s restaurant in September, the chef has recently announced plans for a new venture which aims to “boldly challenge the concept of fine dining in Edinburgh.” We can’t wait to see what’s to come in the future.