This casual yet upmarket seafood bar and bistro started out down near the Shore in Leith two years ago. Time for a change of scene and it has now moved across town to new premises in Stockbridge, at the edge of Edinburgh’s New Town. The L-shaped dining area is decorated in white and grey with minimalist furnishings in metallic steel and chrome for a cool and contemporary industrial look.
An intimate room at the back can be booked for party groups of around a dozen diners. Across the centre of the main restaurant is the Champagne and Oyster bar with shiny aluminium counter and high backed stools – a perfect spot to perch for a glass or two of Bollinger any time of the day. On warm days, there’s an outside patio deck, ideal for a leisurely meal.
Open for lunch and dinner, with a la carte and 2/3 course fixed price menus: Thai spiced cod cakes, Shetland blueshell mussels, oysters from Donegal, steak from Orkney and monkfish from the Pentland Firth. Depending on the market there could be squid, langoustine, crab or scallops on offer, as well as good old Fish ’n chips.
Head Chef Stuart Lynch has recently been joined by Ciharu, who is professionally trained in preparing Japanese sushi, so this delicacy will no doubt soon be a treat on the menu. [– VD]
Café Fish, 15 NW Circus Place, EH3 6SX. 0131 225 4431 www.cafefish.net